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.

Delaware’s Lt. Governor Distributes Doses of Life-Saving Medication

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A pipeline for thirsty Utah communities … Oregon will ask for a federal OK to toll interstates ... and a Monty Python inspired crosswalk in Texas.

Wisconsin Tackles the Opioid Crisis

COMMENTARY | State leaders prioritize expanding access to evidence-based treatment

Breaking Down Opioid Deaths by Occupation

New research from the state of Massachusetts could help guide response efforts to the drug abuse epidemic.

This Utah Library System Will Distribute Overdose-Reversing Naloxone to Residents

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.

With Analytics, New Federal Funding Could Be Turning Point in the Opioid Crisis

COMMENTARY | States like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts are moving forward with data-driven approaches to treating opioid addictions.

Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Montana preps for another difficult wildfire season … Charlotte’s uncharted scooter territory … and N.J. governor makes first legalized sports bet.

Law Enforcement Grants Would Get Funding Bump Under Senate Bill

The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

Some advocates for children being raised by grandparents worry that a new federal law will make it more difficult for caregivers to get help from state agencies and financial assistance.

1 in 5 Americans Know Someone Who Has Been Addicted to Opioids

A Federal Reserve study looked at how people assessed the state of their local economy and the national economy, to see if the “deaths of despair” hypothesis of the opioid abuse crisis held true.

‘No Silver Bullet’ for Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia, Other Urban Areas

A mix of education, treatment, and other measures shows promise, experts say.

As Courts See Local Flood of Opioid Lawsuits, Litigation Strategies Can Vary By State

In Arkansas and other states, city and county associations have led a full-out charge against the pharmaceutical industry.

Dozens More Counties Join Opioid Lawsuits

The new lawsuits aim to “recover millions of dollars lost due to opiate addiction and drug overdoses that have taken so many lives in this country and greatly affected the lives of many.”

America's Opioid Crisis Is Now a Fentanyl Crisis

Officials know that synthetic opioids are killing more people than heroin or OxyContin—but there’s still a lot of data missing.

In Rural Areas Hit Hard by Opioids, a New Source of Hope

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants to be a strong partner for rural communities in the grip of the opioid epidemic.

Google Maps Unveils Tool to Locate Drug Disposal Sites

The company hopes it will play a part in reducing opioid use.

Some Good News (For Once) About the Nation’s Opioid Abuse Crisis

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla. teachers declare victory … Calif. city manager accused of unlawful recordings … N.M. small towns oppose faster internet … and Florida sees uptick in sinkholes.