More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.

Syphilis among newborns can cause deformities, severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice or brain and nerve problems such as blindness or deafness.

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed State Opioid Lawsuit

A case brought by the Oklahoma attorney general is expected to be the first against a drug company making prescription opioids to go to trial. A judge has ruled it can be televised.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More

States are eyeing lawsuits against drug manufacturers or assessments against the companies as possible ways to provide more money.

Some Drug Users in Western U.S. Seek Out Deadly Fentanyl. Here’s Why.

Some drug users report actually opting for the the synthetic opioid, which experts in many places have linked with many overdoses.

Florida Files Opioids Lawsuit Against Walgreens and CVS

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” the Florida attorney general said.

More Than 1,000 Doctors in Georgia Violating Opioid Law

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Thousands of Pennsylvania Hospitalizations Related to Opioid Use

Opioids are frequently a contributing factor to hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, and not just with overdoses, according to new data.

As Opioid Crisis Continues, States Learn to Embrace Methadone Clinics

A handful of states are looking to rapidly expand the availability of methadone treatment, which has historically been stigmatized and restricted.

DOJ Chases Positive Overdose Numbers With More Funding

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “strike force” to investigate and prosecute prescription opioid abuse in Appalachia.

It’s Too Soon to Celebrate the End of the Opioid Epidemic

Drug-overdose deaths have been down for six months, but it’s too early to know whether the good news will continue.

How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation

Fentanyl can cause rashes of overdoses and deaths when it is slipped into the local heroin supply.

Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options

Two specific provisions of new federal legislation to combat opioids could help states trying to offer addicts more treatment options.

The Impacts of Iowa’s Underground Needle Exchanges

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The $1 Tool That Might Curb the Overdose Epidemic

A new study shows that fentanyl test strips nudge drug users to take extra precautions.

Virginia’s ‘Model’ Opioid Data-Sharing Platform Nearly Ready

As the epidemic’s death toll rises, the state is working to get more information into the hands of regional substance abuse coalitions to mitigate deaths and other negative impacts.

Most Hospital ERs Won’t Treat Your Addiction. These Will.

In most places across the country, opioid addicts can't get addiction medication in ERs. But some have started to do things differently.

Indiana Mapping Tool Uses EMS Data to Show Naloxone Administrations

The map shows use of the overdose-reversing drug as reported by EMS responders, beginning in 2014.

Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging, Experts Say

Addiction practitioners say they’re seeing more young patients who are hooked on Xanax.