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.

It’s ever-harder to do justice to the gravity of the US opioid crisis, but TIME goes some way in its first-ever issue dedicated to a single topic.Tracking users, first responders, families, funerals and recoveries, James Nachtwey’s haunting photos are nothing short of war…

Canada’s “harm reduction” approach to the opioid crisis is gradually being emulated by US cities including San Francisco, risking a face-off with the Justice Department.British Columbia—the heart of Canada’s opioid crisis—now has 29 sites to safely inject drugs, provided by…

In New Hampshire, a hotbed of America’s opioid crisis, the New York Times shadowed Patrick Griffin and his family's struggle with addiction—marked by countless overdoses, clean periods, jail stints, treatment programs, and constant anxiety.Overdose is the leading killer of…

A line-up of multidisciplinary scientists have 4 years and a $10 million Department of Defense grant to find an oceanic opioid alternative.

The glut of opioids fueling America’s epidemic is scuppering access to the drugs in poor countries suffering from severe pain more than opioid abuse.