Some drug users report actually opting for the the synthetic opioid, which experts in many places have linked with many overdoses.
“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” the Florida attorney general said.
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Opioids are frequently a contributing factor to hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, and not just with overdoses, according to new data.
A handful of states are looking to rapidly expand the availability of methadone treatment, which has historically been stigmatized and restricted.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “strike force” to investigate and prosecute prescription opioid abuse in Appalachia.
Drug-overdose deaths have been down for six months, but it’s too early to know whether the good news will continue.
Fentanyl can cause rashes of overdoses and deaths when it is slipped into the local heroin supply.
Two specific provisions of new federal legislation to combat opioids could help states trying to offer addicts more treatment options.
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A new study shows that fentanyl test strips nudge drug users to take extra precautions.
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.
In most places across the country, opioid addicts can't get addiction medication in ERs. But some have started to do things differently.
The map shows use of the overdose-reversing drug as reported by EMS responders, beginning in 2014.
Addiction practitioners say they’re seeing more young patients who are hooked on Xanax.
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New research from the state of Massachusetts could help guide response efforts to the drug abuse epidemic.
Distribution of the kits is an extension of a previous push to train library staff to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone directly to library patrons in distress.
COMMENTARY | States like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts are moving forward with data-driven approaches to treating opioid addictions.
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