Opioids

'Deaths of Despair' Theory Overlooks Other Factors, Researchers Say

A lifetime of poverty and hard work contributes more broadly to the growing mortality gap between low-income people and those who are better off than drug overdoses and suicides, according to new research.

To Raise Money to Combat Opioid Addiction, One State Hikes Licensing Fees for Drug Companies

A new Minnesota law will increase prescription opioid manufacturer licensing fees from $235 to $55,000 and is expected to generate about $20 million that will fund the state’s opioid prevention and treatment strategies.

Lack of Medication-Assisted Treatment Impeding Opioid Response in West Virginia, Nurse Tells Congress

Medical experts offered their assessment of the federal government’s approach to combating the opioid crisis before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

The Misplaced Optimism in Legal Pot

A new study throws cold water on hopes that more liberal cannabis policies could stem the opioid epidemic.

Nation’s First Opioid Trial Promises Long Odds, High Drama

The public will finally hear the details in suits accusing Big Pharma of false marketing.

Rapid Opioid Cutoff Is Risky Too, Feds Warn

Two federal agencies caution doctors not to taper high-dose pain patients too quickly.

County-Based Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia

New research from the National Association of Counties aims to provide local government officials with tools to combat the opioid crisis in Appalachia.

As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode

Misuse of both stimulants has increased in recent years, surpassing nonmedical use of opioid.

New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

In the last five years, at least 46 states enacted laws allowing private citizens to administer the overdose-reversal medication. Now doctors in a handful of states must offer some patients the overdose-reversal drug.

Physicians Get Addicted Too

Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.

Opioid Epidemic May Have Cost $37 Billion In Tax Revenue

Beyond the health costs of the opioid epidemic, new research looks at the money lost when people can't work.

Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Activists are convincing conservative Southerners to buy in to needle exchanges.

Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care

Increasing evidence shows the nation’s suicide and opioid epidemics are entwined.

Oklahoma Tries New Strategy and New Target in Opioid Lawsuit

The state recently agreed on a big settlement with Purdue Pharma and now wants Johnson & Johnson to disclose opioid marketing documents.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

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Infant Drug Withdrawal Rates Linked to High Unemployment, Study Finds

Shortages of mental-health clinicians also affected the rates of infant withdrawal cases, researchers from Vanderbilt University found.

A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

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.