The Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Crisis

Matt Rourke The Associated Press

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.

February 26, 2019

Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic and a related methamphetamine spike also are facing another health crisis: a steep rise in syphilis. It isn’t a coincidence.

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma

February 14, 2019

In the legal battle to hold drug companies responsible for the country’s raging opioid epidemic, media attention largely has focused on a national lawsuit set for a late October trial in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio. But it may be upstaged by a lesser-known opioid case: Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma, scheduled for trial in May in the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoma.

Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More

January 30, 2019

Dozens of doctors, nurses and researchers here at the Medical University of South Carolina are working on new opioid treatment projects many say they never dreamed possible.

Some Drug Users in Western U.S. Seek Out Deadly Fentanyl. Here’s Why.

January 7, 2019

Ever since the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl started showing up in the U.S. illicit drug supply eight years ago, experts have surmised that drug traffickers were using the inexpensive white powder to boost the potency of heroin, sometimes adding too much and inadvertently killing their customers.

Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options

October 4, 2018

In a rare bipartisan effort, Congress approved sprawling legislation — the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 — designed to make it easier for states to expand access to addiction treatment. President Donald Trump has promised to sign the bill. 

Most Hospital ERs Won’t Treat Your Addiction. These Will.

September 21, 2018

Despite a raging drug overdose epidemic that is killing nearly 200 Americans every day and sending thousands more to emergency rooms, the vast majority of the nation’s more than 5,500 hospitals have so far avoided offering any form of addiction medicine to emergency patients.

For Addicted Women, the Year After Childbirth Is the Deadliest

August 14, 2018

Sleep deprivation, dramatic hormonal shifts and the day-to-day realities of caring for an infant create enormous stress for all women, but especially for those who are struggling to stay in recovery from drug use. 

Abuse of Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Is on the Rise

May 10, 2018

Doctors who are cutting back on prescribing opioids increasingly are opting for gabapentin, a safer, non-narcotic drug recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

November 14, 2017

As opioid overdoses spiral, first responders and public health agencies are adopting a smartphone application that tracks both deaths and rescues as they happen.

For Addicted Doctors, Confidential Treatment That Works

November 6, 2017

In a high-stress profession, doctors succumb to drug addiction at a higher rate than the general population. A state-sponsored confidential treatment program helps them get back to work.

With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C

August 28, 2017

A rise in injection drug use is fueling a spike in hepatitis C among young opioid and heroin users. 

New Numbers Reveal Huge Disparities in Opioid Prescribing

August 14, 2017

A town in southwest Virginia has the highest per capita opioid prescribing level in the country. New state prescribing rules could help change that.

Opioid Overdoses Swamp Medical Examiners

July 6, 2017

As opioid overdose deaths skyrocket, state and local medical examiners are working overtime to determine which drugs are killing people.

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