Following yesterday’s dismal news of a yet another decline in US life expectancy, Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that he will put $50 million into helping up to 10 states fight the opioid epidemic over the next 3 years. The funds will support a unique collaboration…

WASHINGTON – Today’s shocking CDC announcement that US life expectancy has declined for 3 years has added extra urgency to a summit of policymakers, experts, innovators and others gathered in the nation’s capital to discussion public health solutions.

Opioid overdoses claimed 42,000 lives in the US in 2016. Air pollution causes 200,000 Americans to die too soon each year. About 1 million violent crimes are committed in the US annually.

Americans face a lot of health problems—youth at risk, the opioid crisis, and a mental health care crisis to name a few—but the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit is all about solutions. GHN will be blogging the Summit today and tomorrow right here, and you can…

In a season of hurricanes, wildfires, gun violence and the still-churning opioid epidemic, the list of problems afflicting health in the US seems long—and short on answers. But public health professionals, policymakers and other experts are developing new strategies for…

When a massive landslide hit in Snohomish County, Washington in 2014, local leaders learned from the response. Now, they’re drawing on those lessons to fight the community’s opioid crisis.

In a rare bipartisan move, the Trump administration signed new opioid legislation into law yesterday, expanding access to medical treatment under Medicaid, and cracking down on the mailing of illicit drugs, Reuters reported.

In the viral obituary of a 30-year-old single mother, one family shares with heartbreaking honesty how Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir enjoyed 12 sober days at home before her opioid addiction “stalked her and stole her once again,” they wrote in the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

In recent years, headline-grabbing research has highlighted mortality increases among less-educated, non-Hispanic whites driven by suicide, cirrhosis of the liver, and fatal opioid-related overdoses. These “deaths of despair” findings resonated in the press, but this trend…

America is fixated on battling the opioid crisis—but in Oklahoma, an old fight is still on the front lines. Lethal meth overdoses have more than doubled there in recent years.