Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether 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.  

Too many applicants failing drug tests means that middle-class factory jobs are going unfilled in places like Youngstown, Ohio. A federal study estimated that the opioid epidemic cost the economy $78.5 billion in 2013, but experts note that number doesn’t count…

Vietnam is believed to be “the next key battleground for brewers” amid a sharp rise in the beer-drinking culture, says a recent Euromonitor International report.

The opioid crisis has given rise to new scams in insurance fraud.   STAT and Boston Globe reporters found that marketers at treatment centers pay “brokers” to recruit addicts with the promise of securing them treatment. They then use fake addresses to sign them up for…

As US deaths from synthetic opioids soar, tripling from 2013 to 2015, crime labs are working overtime to identify new, lethal opioids manufactured in China and US kitchen labs. Identifying the drugs is critical not only to build legal cases, but also to alert the public,…

In an indication that the public health message to cut back on prescribing opioids is being heard, a new CDC report finds that prescriptions for addictive painkillers fell 13.1% from 2012 to 2015.   The drop, from 81.2 to 70.6 prescriptions per 100 people, is the first…

Opioid-related hospitalizations in the US hit a staggering 1.27 million in 2014, according to newly released federal data. Since 2005, inpatient stays have jumped 64% and emergency room care has climbed 99%, with the sharpest increases among 25- to 44-year-olds.

Opium production is exploding in Afghanistan. So, too, is drug addiction among women.Pamela Constable paints a harrowing portrait of female drug addiction at a recently opened center in in Kabul. The center offers detox and therapy to the women, as well as classes for…

The American opioid epidemic puts hard-fought gains against HIV at risk, fueled by the sharing of infected needles.  

America’s opioid epidemic is laid bare in a stunning New Yorker narrative about Martinsburg, West Virginia, a small town with an overdose death rate of 41.5 per 100,000—the highest in the nation.   Here, parents overdose in their cars with kids in the backseat and babies…