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…

In response to congressional leaders’ questions about the opioid fentanyl, the US Office of National Drug Control Policy recently laid out what it knows about the deadly substance. Among the takeaways:

The US Drug Enforcement Agency targeted a company responsible for 66% of the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone sold in Florida. It alleged Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals violated laws preventing diversion of legal drugs to the black market.   500 million of its pills went…

Doctors face an ethical dilemma when they replace the heart valves of opioid users with a recurring heart-valve infection called endocarditis. The expensive procedure cannot address the underlying problem of addiction—which may send patients back for another round of…

Patients in rural Guatemala who need opioids for their chronic pain face unnecessary red tape that deprives them of access to treatment, writes Harvard Medical School student Jillian Moore.   She says patients must find a physician willing to prescribe opioids, purchase…

In economically depressed Manchester, Kentucky, in the Appalachian foothills, pharmacies are the only businesses thriving.   4 new drugstores have opened in the city of 1,500 people in the past 3 years, bringing the total to 11. In Manchester and surrounding Clay County,…

Centuries-old death rituals have become the only form of justice for thousands of families who have lost loved ones to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war. Grieving relatives throw pots to break the cycle of death, spin caskets 3 times to confuse departed…