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…

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-…

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…

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…