What’s thought of as “the opioid crisis” is actually several simultaneous—and sometimes overlapping—epidemics.    A new Rural Sociology study of death certificates found that different drugs caused overdoses in different regions:

The US isn’t alone in battling opioid overdoses—but Americans are much more likely to die than people in other hard-hit countries. Opioid overdoses kill nearly 70,000 Americans each year—27 times the number of people per 100,000 who die in Italy, another country that has…

As the massive opioid litigation plays out in US courts, there’s much to learn from 1990s tobacco settlements. States received “an extraordinary amount of money”—but hardly any of it went to improve public health.   Tobacco taxes and settlement funds from…

Before she died, Joshua Hunt’s grandmother’s painkillers began disappearing ever-more-quickly before his eyes, he writes.   The opioids were prescribed by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium—a lifeline for many Native Alaskans, and a source of opioids that a…

Last night Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to move forward a settlement that would shield the Sacklers and the family firm from over 2,600 opioid lawsuits, The New York Times reports.

One of the most painful marks of the US opioid crisis is the lack of safe, evidence-based treatment options for the people trying to escape addiction’s stubborn grip. The first article in a must-read Vox series on addiction treatment includes the story of a South Burlington…

As many as 250,000 newborns exposed to opioids in utero are caught in a legal tussle between lawyers seeking a separate trial for them and a judge who has rebuffed their requests. As a nationwide prescription opioid lawsuit heads to trial in a couple months in Ohio, lawyers…

76 billion.   The number is far beyond human imagination—but not for America’s drug companies, which sold 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012.   A US district judge in Cleveland on Monday ordered a portion of a massive government database opened…

A swell in opioid-related bacterial and viral infections is further compounding the crisis.  Upticks in HIV, hepatitis and bacterial infections—including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—are alarming public health officials. Most result from unsanitary injections…

Drugmakers, doctors and regulators have been blamed by many for America’s opioid crisis. But judges are also culpable, a Reuters investigation found.      Numerous judges who have—and are—adjudicating cases against Purdue Pharma have allowed damning evidence against the…