Non-whites make up 20 percent of deaths involving prescription and non-prescription opioids in the U.S. According to recent government data, the number is growing.
By Jenae Addison
A study of more than 1,500 motor vehicle accident survivors reveals that rare variants of a "stress response" gene increase vulnerability to developing chronic pain.
By Sarah Linnstaedt, The Conversation
Growing evidence suggests that women should receive continuous medical attention during what is now called the “fourth trimester” — a period lasting at least a year after childbirth.
By Christine Vestal, Stateline
An analysis of more than five years of Medicare Part D and Medicaid prescription data found that after states legalized weed, the number of opioid prescriptions and the daily dose of opioids went way down.
By Kate Sheridan, STAT
By PBS NewsHour, Frank Carlson
Fifty times more powerful than heroin, Fentanyl is driving a surge in overdose deaths and ratcheting up the stakes in the opioid crisis. Where does the synthetic drug come from, and how can it be managed? William Brangham reports from…
By Michael D. Regan and Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News
One Kentucky program is eyed by other jurisdictions as a way to get addicted parents into recovery and help them care for their children at home.
By Robin Feldman, The Conversation
While opioids have become easier to obtain through illicit markets, a drug that could save countless lives has become increasingly out of reach.
Easy access to prescriptions through friends and family facilitates more than half of the opioid misuse in the U.S., according to a survey of more than 50,000 adults.
By Catherine Caruso, STAT
People with mood disorders are at increased risk of abusing opioids, and yet they received many more prescriptions than the general population, according to an analysis of data from 2011 and 2013.
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