81,003. That’s the number of overdose deaths the CDC recorded in the 12 months leading up to last June as lockdowns upended lives and gutted addiction treatment services.   It was the most ever recorded in the US in a 12-month period.

In the 1990s, some physicians believed drugmakers’ assurances that prescription opioids wouldn't cause patients with pain to develop substance use disorders. They were tragically misguided.   How did that happen? How can such public health disasters be prevented going…

Amid the desperate search for COVID-19 treatments, several companies selling colloidal silver supplements have been taken to task for dubious claims.

A new paper in the journal Addiction suggests the opioid crisis is even worse than official death counts suggest.  

After-school programs, basketball games, and babysitting classes are a new ground zero for Narcan training.   In rural Carter County, Tennessee, kids as young as 6 are being trained to administer the overdose reversal medication. Then they’re  sent home with their own…

Opioid makers teamed up with a tech company to create a computer pop-up alert system designed to maximize—and extend—prescriptions to the addictive painkillers, a government investigation revealed this week, Los Angeles Times reports.  

Physicians’ bias against black Americans meant they received fewer opioid prescriptions than whites in recent years, potentially saving thousands of lives. 

They live in the country that spends by far the most on health care—yet for the past decade more young Americans have been dying in the prime of their lives. A “strikingly bleak” JAMA report counted 33,000 “excess deaths” since 2010, and the trend spans gender, racial and…

Opioids have become synonymous with addiction, overdose and endless tragedy in the US—but in Uganda, low-tech, non-addictive doses of liquid morphine offer an affordable solution for poor people in extreme pain.   Touted as easier to make than a cup of coffee, the powdered…

Doctors must step up to protect people with drug-use problems in the current political climate, Pamela Das and Richard Horton urge in a Lancet editorial.