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…

The overdose death of a US woman in New Jersey reaffirms the dangers of prescribing synthetic opioids for “off-label” or alternative uses. The drug she had used, Subsys, is approved only for cancer patients experiencing intense pain. But doctors can prescribe it for other…

Negotiations continue between the US and China 2 weeks after the countries pledged to work together to curb the trade in synthetic drugs that is contributing to the US opioid epidemic.   The US Drug Enforcement Administration wants China to exercise tighter control on the…