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…

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.

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…