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…
By Julia Griffin, Nsikan Akpan
Redheads are rumored feel more pain and need more painkillers than their blonde and brown-haired cousins, but the science itself is murky.
By Associated Press
The Committee on Energy and Commerce is expected to give an update on efforts to combat the opioid crisis at 10 a.m. ET.
By Lora Strum, Vic Pasquantonio
A comprehensive approach to drug education that builds students' decision-making, goal-setting and self-management skills may work best.
By PBS NewsHour
The opioid crisis has plagued poet William Brewer’s hometown in West Virginia. His vivid poems tell the story of the opioid epidemic from different voices and depict the sense of bewilderment people find themselves in as addiction creeps into their…
By Mary Jo Brooks
Author William Brewer didn’t want to write a book about the drug crisis decimating his state, but it was a topic he couldn’t avoid. Watching the people around him succumb to addiction, he set out to capture the crisis in…
While states nationwide have been scrambling to respond to the deadly opioid epidemic, New Mexico has been hard at work with an aggressive response for years. So why have its addiction rates remained stubbornly high? Hari Sreenivasan visits a state…
By Michael Catalini, Associated Press
Christie said Tuesday that recommendations from the president's commission are "lessened" without the declaration, but he says it's too soon to say whether not declaring one has made things worse.
Trump will visit Lily's Place, a drug treatment center where staff ease help infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that stem from a newborn's exposure to opioids during a mother's pregnancy.
By Melanie Saltzman, Megan Thompson
Despite high levels of drug abuse among the jail population nationwide, few facilities offer drug treatment programs. They don’t have the funds or the physical space. But the Kentucky Department of Corrections reports that statewide, half the people who went…
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