The Opioid Epidemic Has Cost the U.S. More Than $1 Trillion

Most of the financial cost of the crisis came in the form of lost earning and productivity potential for those who had died.

Meet West Virginia’s New Drug Czar: Dr. Michael Brumage

“The main thing I want to bring with me to the table is an all-hands approach,” Brumage told Route Fifty. “This is not just about law enforcement and it’s not just about public health.”

Some Hospitals in Appalachia See Surges of Opioid Babies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.

N.Y.C. Mayor: Big Pharma Is ‘Hooking Millions of Americans in Exchange for Profit’

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP: U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting starting in D.C.; Minnesota county bars federal immigration detainees over high costs; and new concerns over contaminated water in a Michigan city.

Senate Republicans Blame Medicaid for the Rise in Opioid Deaths

But the data and the on-the-ground experience of local health officials beg to differ.

Injection Sites Provide Safe Spots to Shoot Up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

New CDC Data: 2016 Was the Deadliest Year Yet for the Opioid Crisis

More people died from overdoses in 2016 than died from AIDS in 1995, the peak of that crisis.

As Kratom Use Surges, Some States Enact Bans

With growing concerns about the dangers of prescription painkillers, an estimated 3 million to 5 million people are using kratom and reporting positive results, but there are worries that the unregulated plant product could be abused for its mild euphoric qualities.

America’s Opioid Epidemic Has a $504 Billion Price Tag

In a new report, The White House Council of Economic Advisers is the first to take the economic cost of lives lost into account.

For Some Local Officials Fighting Opioid Crisis, Feds Are All Talk And Offer Very Little Money

“Declaring a health emergency without offering any additional resources is akin to saying ‘I want to get a job’ but I don’t send in a resume and I don’t go for interviews.”

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

As opioid overdoses spiral, first responders and public health agencies are adopting a smartphone application that tracks both deaths and rescues as they happen.

For Addicted Doctors, Confidential Treatment That Works

In a high-stress profession, doctors succumb to drug addiction at a higher rate than the general population. A state-sponsored confidential treatment program helps them get back to work.

White House Opioid Commission Submits Its Final Report

Here are some of its recommendations that will matter most for state and local governments.

Searching for Solutions After 14 Overdoses and One Death in a Library

A team in Colorado is leveraging cross-sector collaboration to connect members of the community to services that could save their lives.

New CDC Data Show the Role of Fentanyl and Its Analogs Play in Opioid Death Toll

No state was as harder hit by fentanyl’s animal tranquilizer cousin, carfentanil, than Ohio.

Trump Opioid Declaration Falls Short in One Key Area—Money

“We’re pleased to see that the administration is calling attention to the opioid epidemic, but we are concerned that this comes without any new resources,” according to NACCHO interim director Laura Hanen.

Trump: Formal Declaration for Opioid Emergency to Come Next Week

More than two months have passed since the president first signaled his intention to declare the epidemic a national emergency.

Adapting a Program to Protect Children Caught in the Middle of the Opioid Epidemic

Ohio is piloting a program designed to help kids whose families are disrupted by drug addiction.