When it comes to understanding America’s opioid epidemic, overdose numbers don’t tell the full story.  

Drug overdose deaths account for a 3-and-1/2-month drop in American life expectancy, according to a new CDC analysis of life-expectancy trends between 2000 and 2015.

A pilot project to support patients undergoing opioid-substitution therapy, modeled after Vancouver’s successful HIV/AIDS strategy, will begin Friday in British Columbia. Teams of professionals will regularly check in with about 3,000 patients in therapy to ensure they don’…

“Medicaid expansion may be fueling the opioid epidemic,” US Sen. Ron Johnson wrote recently, voicing a theory that conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been circulating for months.Not so, argue Aaron E. Carroll, a pediatrics professor at Indiana University…

As the opioid epidemic escalates across the country, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have debuted promising new research on a combination vaccine that offers protection from the effects of heroin and fentanyl.

In a statement submitted to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, strongly condemns Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs. Calling Duterte’s campaign “morally and…

President Trump declared yesterday that the US opioid crisis is a national emergency, bringing new funds and resources to the problem.   Trump received a briefing on Tuesday but wasn’t yet ready to make a declaration. By yesterday, however, he embraced recommendations of a…

The failure of up to 1/4 of death certificates to detail the specific drug responsible for opioid and heroin-related fatalities complicates the US response effort, but new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine outlines a method for improvement.

Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether or not supervised drug-consumption spaces should be used to address the opioid/heroin epidemic, from the summer issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Read the complete set here.

Urban leaders and innovators from across the US convened in Baltimore yesterday to talk about cities—what works, what doesn’t and what’s next—for CityLab Baltimore, the latest in a series of global gatherings in cities across the world to explore the challenges and…