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…

People with anxiety, depression, and alcohol and other drug addictions—including opioid addictions—are far more likely than people without such diagnoses to receive a 90-day or longer prescription for opioid painkillers, according to recent studies.   “We’re prescribing the…

Iceland’s rates of teen smoking, drinking and drug use have fallen dramatically since 1998 thanks to an orchestrated national plan.   Known as Youth in Iceland, the long-running program has included policies that protect children from tobacco and alcohol advertising and…

Drug-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native people are nearly double the rate of the US as a whole, and Cherokee Nation sits in Oklahoma, a state hard-hit by prescription painkiller abuse.

As the US opioid crisis worsens, coroners are puzzled by synthetic opioids that go undetected in apparent overdose victims, making it difficult for health officials and law enforcement to improve treatment and prevention.   Some synthetic opioids, like carfentanil—10,000…

A US Surgeon General’s report released today aims to call attention to the magnitude of the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in America, where more than 20 million people are addicted yet only 1 in 10 receives treatment.   “Facing Addiction,” gathers the latest…

Paramedics in Winnipeg, Canada, are concerned that the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, is actually contributing to a rise in overdoses. People are becoming bolder with naloxone use because its seen as a life-saving drug carried by many first responders, says Ryan Woiden…

Armed with buprenorphine, a drug that helps manage opioid cravings, primary care physicians could provide frontline defense in the US opioid crisis. Yet less than 1% have obtained the certification necessary to administer the treatment, instead referring patients to rehab…

A new Associated Press investigation once again implicates China as the main source fueling the global opioid crisis, highlighting the ease with which deadly synthetic opioids like carfentanil and fentanyl can be procured from the country.   12 Chinese businesses are known…