Embattled opioid giant Purdue Pharma influenced WHO guidelines on treating pain, according to a bipartisan Congressional report released yesterday, The Washington Post reports.

In the urgent search for multipronged, coordinated solutions to the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S., blockchain might be just the powerful weapon we need.

Intro to the Series Part I: Palliative Pain Relief Woefully Inadequate Worldwide reveals that in much of the world, unrelieved suffering is a daily reality.

As a palliative care doctor in Kerala, India, M.R. Rajagopal, MD, sees suffering every day. Often, that suffering could be alleviated with inexpensive opioid medications, but pain killers are largely unavailable to poor people in India and around the world.

Health in the US improved overall from 1990-2016, but wide disparities from state to state show a need for better preventive care, according to a new study coordinated by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The probability of dying…

Former President Bill Clinton and researcher G. Caleb Alexander discuss why opioid-related deaths are still increasing and the best solutions.

For want of a few cents’ worth of morphine, almost 26 million people die in pain around the world, according to a new Lancet Commission report.

Too many applicants failing drug tests means that middle-class factory jobs are going unfilled in places like Youngstown, Ohio. A federal study estimated that the opioid epidemic cost the economy $78.5 billion in 2013, but experts note that number doesn’t count…

In an indication that the public health message to cut back on prescribing opioids is being heard, a new CDC report finds that prescriptions for addictive painkillers fell 13.1% from 2012 to 2015.   The drop, from 81.2 to 70.6 prescriptions per 100 people, is the first…

Medical professionals and technology experts are using virtual reality (VR) to treat chronic pain and reduce opioid consumption, reports Mosaic’s Jo Marchant. VR offers the opportunity for those suffering from chronic pain to engage their brain and senses while…