After 26 heroin overdoses in a single day, Huntington, West Virginia authorities were desperate for solutions.  They eventually turned to big data. New patient-tracking software streamlined police, medics and mental health providers and identified hot spots in need of…

As Purdue Pharma raked in profits from its headline painkiller OxyContin, the firm also explored another business opportunity: the “attractive market” of opioid addiction treatment, according to previously secret internal correspondence.   The documents are part of a…

Little is known about marijuana’s medicinal or injurious effects, which complicates the drug’s shifting legal status. Some studies hint at relief for patients dealing with chronic pain or anxiety. Some indicate higher levels of violence and possible correlative opioid…

A shape-shifting landscape of overdose deaths in America is laid bare in a new CDC report naming the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths from 2011-2016, and quantifies the startling rise of fentanyl. While oxycodone topped the list in 2011 and heroin ranked first from…

Despite an overwhelming consensus that prompt, medication-based treatment reduces opioid deaths, such medications are hard to come by in America—and not because they doesn’t exist. To prescribe Suboxone—which reduces heroin cravings—US doctors must take an 8-hour class.…

Faced with the daunting prospect that over 500,000 in the US could die from an opioid overdose in the next decade, Baltimore City health commissioner Leana Wen draws hope from her city’s strategy.

Hundreds of doctors received letters informing them that their patients have died after being prescribed opioids, and urging them to help curb the opioid epidemic.

The good news is that opioid use disorder diagnoses in the US declined from 6.2 cases per 1,000 patients in 2016 to 5.9 in 2017, according to Blue Cross medical claims—and opioid prescriptions fell nearly 30% from 2013 to 2017.  

Drug overdose deaths account for a 3-and-1/2-month drop in American life expectancy, according to a new CDC analysis of life-expectancy trends between 2000 and 2015.

America’s opioid epidemic is laid bare in a stunning New Yorker narrative about Martinsburg, West Virginia, a small town with an overdose death rate of 41.5 per 100,000—the highest in the nation.   Here, parents overdose in their cars with kids in the backseat and babies…