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.

How can the US address the opioid crisis without abandoning pain patients? German Lopez asked experts how they’d address this “painkiller paradox.”   Among their suggestions: Be careful with opioid prescribing caps, which can leave behind patients who genuinely need opioids…

As debate roils about the legality of safe drug injection sites, public restrooms are becoming ground zero for opioid overdoses. From hospital bathrooms to Starbucks to public libraries, staffers find themselves the unwitting first responders to overdoses.

Over 3 million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to the harmful use of alcohol, the WHO revealed Friday in its global status report on alcohol and health.  

The fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s brought a new social and economic reality and with it, ebbs and flows in life expectancy and mortality rates. 2006-2016 was a decade marked by reductions in mortality and improved life expectancy, which has now returned to the…

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.

As more states legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana, some health experts are warning that the drug is not a risk-free, nonaddictive substance as it is described by many legalization supporters. Weak public health oversight, a steep increase in daily…

Toronto’s top medical official wants Canada to decriminalize drugs as part of its strategy to tackle a spiraling opioid crisis.