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…

In 1980, a doctor and a graduate student published a short letter in The New England Journal of Medicine stating that “the development of addiction [to narcotics] is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” Decades of inaccurate citations of the analysis…

America’s heroin addiction has fueled heightened violence along Mexico’s Highway 51 in the Tierra Caliente region, where drug bosses command vigilante groups to control territory and drug transportation routes. More than 90% of America’s heroin comes from Mexico.  …

If Baltimore built just one supervised injection facility for opioid users, the city would save $6 million in medical costs while potentially preventing overdose deaths, says a new study 

Psychologists continue to debate whether so-called “digital addictions”—to things like social media, texting, shopping, pornography or online gambling—should be labeled as such.   Some say people who compulsively use the Internet experience the health consequences of their…