Life expectancy fell in the United States for a second straight year -- something that hasn't happened since the 1960s.
By Laura Santhanam
The rate of hospitalization among white patients also doubled between 2007 and 2013 -- the “largest and fastest-growing share of hospitalizations” in recent years, according to the study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.
By Laura Santhanam
Dr. Jim Baker dreaded getting that call for years: his son had fatally overdosed from opioids. He had watched Max go through the downward spiral of addiction, then recover and get sober, but a hospitalization for a car crash made…
By Miles O'Brien
A doctor working in the Appalachian foothills watches a town and its newborns on the brink of a public health epidemic.
By Dr. Amber Robins
The final report by the commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now awaits review by President Donald Trump.
In declaring a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic, President Trump called for the creation of a national media campaign to reduce drug use among young people. As part of our “America Addicted” series, William Brangham speaks with Gary…
Singer-songwriter Marcus Oglesby said he found inspiration to write a song about opioids when he took a hard look at the place and people that raised him and found his West Virginia hometown transformed.
President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and announced several initiatives to reduce the nation's overdose problem. But critics said these actions don’t go far enough and that more funding is needed. William Brangham reports,…
President Trump has officially designated the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. Besides the symbolism, what does the declaration mean for tackling the crisis? William Brangham speaks with Bertha Madras of the President’s Commission on Combatting the Opioid Crisis…
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