The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in US history, but we’ve seen similar scenarios before, writes the New York Times editorial board. With 19th century morphine, “like today, the medical community was largely responsible for the epidemic.” And with AIDS in…

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.

During France’s 1980s heroin epidemic overdose deaths rose 10% a year, but in 1995 a new policy allowed doctors to prescribe buprenorphine without special licensing or training. Within 4 years overdose deaths plummeted 79%, and primary-care doctors in the socialized health…

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…

A branch of the Sackler family has publicly distanced itself from OxyContin profits as the clan and its company, Purdue Pharma, come under fire for the drug’s role in sparking the opioid crisis. But court documents suggest Arthur Sackler’s heirs have benefited at least…

In western Europe opioid addiction is viewed “the way most Americans now look at AIDS — as a medical problem,” yet the US has been slow to act, writes Columbia University psychiatry professor Adam Bisaga. At 50,000 a year, US opioid overdose deaths are on par with the AIDS…

A below-the-radar opioid crisis is brewing in Africa as Tramadol pain pills flood the market. Tramadol offers a cheap and easily-accessible high similar to heroin. A key source of inexpensive pain relief in the developing world, the WHO has avoided regulating the drug.

Naloxone access laws across the US have made the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug available without a prescription and offer legal immunity to those administering it.But does naloxone, or Narcan, make people more likely to use opioids? The debate is raging in public health…

America’s opioid crisis is spilling from rural communities into cities, where it is killing African-Americans at a faster rate. From 2014-2017, Washington DC's Office of the Medical Examiner reported a shocking 245% rise in opioid overdose deaths among black men ages 40-69…

US emergency department (ED) visits for suspected opioid overdoses jumped 30% from July 2016-September 2017. The increase spanned men and women across all age groups and regions, according to the CDC’s latest Vital Signs report.