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.

Maritime routes along the East African coast have become central to the global heroin trade in recent years, enabled by a web of criminal players and political elites as European land routes become more difficult to bypass, according to new research. Drugs destined for the…

“Wastewater epidemiology” may be key to addressing America’s opioid crisis—but only if officials can accept the down-and-dirty results. Massachusetts-based Biobot Analytics uses water-sampling robots to analyze traces of opioids in sewer systems. The robots identify…

A lot of enthusiasm—and a lot of questions—have been raised about the Bridge, a new medical device purporting to ease opioid withdrawal, reports Jake Harper. The $595 electronic nerve stimulator won fans and funds praise from policymakers, criminal justice officials and…

As the opioid crisis spreads, needle exchanges have reached well beyond urban centers, but some communities are changing their minds. In Charleston, West Virginia, the influx of drug users to one clinic divided the health department and the city. Police department-imposed…