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.

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.

Trump Declared an Opioid 'National Emergency' 2 Months Ago, But Where's the Formal Declaration?

According to data from the president’s special commission, as many as 5,500 people may have died from opioids in the interim.

Protecting Heroin Clinics From Prosecution

The next district attorney of Philadelphia plans to condone safe-injection sites, where people can use the drug under medical supervision.

A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys the Sheer Scale of the Opioid Crisis

In West Virginia, officials had to spend nearly $1 million on the transportation of corpses this fiscal year alone.

State AGs Urge Insurers to Incentivize Non-Opioid Treatments

The attorneys general argue in a letter that health insurers are in a position to “make a very positive impact” in the way that providers treat patients with chronic pain.

Opioid Crisis Requires State Leadership With a Multidisciplinary Approach

State and local governments are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, “providing blueprints for federal action along the way,” according to Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

$144.1 Million in New Federal Grants Announced to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Funding will help expand treatment and recovery services to pregnant and postpartum women who are struggling with substance abuse.

From Monitoring the Opioid Epidemic to Intervening

Analytics could help us stem the opioid crisis. We just need to solve a few red tape and data problems.

With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C

A rise in injection drug use is fueling a spike in hepatitis C among young opioid and heroin users.

New Study Shows We’re Missing Opportunities to Help Survivors of Opioid Overdoses

Opioid users in Pennsylvania were still being prescribed powerful painkillers, even after they were treated for an overdose.