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…

Untreated depression may be an underlying cause of the US spike in opioid misuse. Researchers have found that depressed individuals are twice as likely as others to misuse painkillers. They also have doubled the risk of continuing to use opioids long term.  

Medical professionals and technology experts are using virtual reality (VR) to treat chronic pain and reduce opioid consumption, reports Mosaic’s Jo Marchant. VR offers the opportunity for those suffering from chronic pain to engage their brain and senses while…

An online course on opioid abuse treatment and prevention, offered by Harvard Medical School, has gained thousands of enrollees from over 100 countries in less than a month.

When Portugal faced one of the world’s worst drug epidemics in the 1990s, its government responded by treating drug use and possession as a medical issue, not a crime.   While the 2001 law that decriminalized drug use still sends dealers to prison, anyone caught with less…

In a new approach to addiction treatment, Connecticut-based Aware Recovery is pioneering a year-long, home-based model of care that aims to reduce notoriously high relapse rates in recovery.   While typical month-long inpatient programs send patients home to settings where…

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—Reducing stigma and recognizing addiction as a disease are key to combatting the opioid epidemic sweeping the US, participants said at yesterday’s Clinton Foundation Health Matters Annual Activation Summit.   As participant Nate Keller, MD, noted, it’s…