When it comes to understanding America’s opioid epidemic, overdose numbers don’t tell the full story.  

A pilot project to support patients undergoing opioid-substitution therapy, modeled after Vancouver’s successful HIV/AIDS strategy, will begin Friday in British Columbia. Teams of professionals will regularly check in with about 3,000 patients in therapy to ensure they don’…

As the opioid epidemic escalates across the country, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have debuted promising new research on a combination vaccine that offers protection from the effects of heroin and fentanyl.

Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether supervised drug-consumption spaces should be used to address the opioid/heroin epidemic, from the summer issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Read the complete set here.  

Although 46% of Americans experience a mental illness or substance abuse disorder in their lifetime, strong public stigma around the 2 issues persists. This has made reforms to improve treatment, like those under the Affordable Care Act and the Wellstone-Domenici parity law…

As US deaths from synthetic opioids soar, tripling from 2013 to 2015, crime labs are working overtime to identify new, lethal opioids manufactured in China and US kitchen labs. Identifying the drugs is critical not only to build legal cases, but also to alert the public,…

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…

Opioid-related hospitalizations in the US hit a staggering 1.27 million in 2014, according to newly released federal data. Since 2005, inpatient stays have jumped 64% and emergency room care has climbed 99%, with the sharpest increases among 25- to 44-year-olds.

In 1980, a doctor and a graduate student published a short letter in The New England Journal of Medicine stating that “the development of addiction [to narcotics] is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” Decades of inaccurate citations of the analysis…

America’s heroin addiction has fueled heightened violence along Mexico’s Highway 51 in the Tierra Caliente region, where drug bosses command vigilante groups to control territory and drug transportation routes. More than 90% of America’s heroin comes from Mexico.  …