Russia once used fentanyl as a biological weapon. Now, illicit use of the lethal opioid is hindering therapy.
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.
The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are slated to unveil new tools to combat the nation’s opioid crisis at 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. Watch live here.
By Christine Vestal, Stateline
In an opioid overdose epidemic that killed more than 53,000 Americans last year and shows no signs of relenting, nearly every community in the nation is fortifying its public health, emergency medical and law enforcement response. But with limited resources,…
By Fred Schulte and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News
Spending on urine screens and related genetic tests quadrupled from 2011 to 2014 to an estimated $8.5 billion a year — more than the entire budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. The federal government paid providers more to conduct urine…
By Dr. Amber Robins
A doctor working in the Appalachian foothills watches a town and its newborns on the brink of a public health epidemic.
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.
By Matthew Perrone, Associated Press
President Donald Trump is promising a "massive advertising campaign" as part of his administration's response to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, but experts say other measures could be far more effective in curbing the current epidemic.
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