While the pandemic pulled attention from the opioid crisis, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US last year, according to provisional data released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics.   That’s a 30% increase over 2019—more than double…

A new website offers a rare and comprehensive look into the machinations of companies seeking to spur sales of painkillers.  

The customers lined up outside a rural Michigan Walmart, often driving long distances to get for powerful drugs—morphine sulfate, oxycodone and other narcotics.  Many paid cash for sketchy “pill-mill” style prescriptions, signed by unreachable doctors.  

Purdue Pharma has reached a controversial ~$8.3 billion settlement with the US Justice Department over its role in the opioid crisis that has killed 232,000+ Americans, 

Reporting on the opioid epidemic may have taken a back seat to COVID-19—but the crisis has only gotten worse during the pandemic.  

There are 120+ safe consumption sites for controlled substances around the world—but none in opiod-battered US cities.   But after a court victory for a planned facility in Philadelphia, momentum is growing.   Baltimore is one city proposing new sites—but Maryland Gov.…

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Tramadol was long considered a safer opioid. But as addiction to the painkiller sweeps across poor countries worldwide, its dangers have become abundantly clear.   In Mali, children walk the streets high on the drug. Nigerian officials say addiction there is more pervasive…

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…