The Global Opioid Supply Chain Begins in Tasmania
Pharmaceutical companies exploited a regulatory loophole that allowed for a decades-long boom in licit opioid production fueled by Tasmanian-grown poppies. Here's what the island can tell us about the next wave of the crisis.
Is Medical Marijuana the Solution to the Veteran Opioid Crisis?
Studies suggest that medical cannabis might be an effective PTSD treatment. The VA has come out against bills that would allow for further research.
Does the FDA's Plan to Regulate New Opioids More Strictly Go Far Enough?
The FDA has a key role to play in combating America's overdose epidemic, but advocacy groups debate whether it's doing enough.
Under Pressure From Opioid Lawsuits, One Pain Research Society Considers Bankruptcy
The enormous opioid lawsuits across the nation are affecting pain science too.
Did Researchers Who Seek to Relieve Pain Contribute to the Opioid Epidemic?
It's not just drug manufacturers who are feeling the effects of major opioid lawsuits.
Federal Prosecutors Are Criminally Charging an Opioid Distributor for the First Time
The charges mean that two former Rochester Drug Company leaders could face prison time.
There's a Gold-Standard Treatment for Opioid Addiction. What Keeps Treatment Centers From Using It?
A quest through California to find which addiction and recovery centers aren't using medication-assisted treatment—our country's best bet for beating the opioid crisis.
The Feds Have Proposed New Guidelines for Sober Homes—and Observers Are Deeply Disappointed
Many sober homes have made the news recently for egregious violations—but the latest federal effort to clean them up may not do much to help.
Should We Blame Pharmaceutical Companies for America's Opioid Epidemic? Here's What the Science Says.
Legal evidence is needed to pin addiction and death on opioid manufacturers, but the science suggests that a large and ready supply of legal prescription painkillers led to many addictions.
What Oklahoma's $270 Million Settlement With Purdue Pharma Means for the 1,000-Plus Opioid Cases Still Pending
This is the biggest state opioid settlement yet, and lawyers and addiction patients' advocates are waiting eagerly to see what precedent it will set.
A New CDC Study Shows a Dramatic Increase In Fentanyl Deaths
Between 2011 and 2016, drug overdose deaths in the United States involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl dramatically increased, according to a report released Thursday.
Is Government Regulation Keeping Americans From Getting Addiction Care?
A new major report finds that laws around medication for opioid addiction aren't based in science.
Where Are Opioid Overdose Deaths Most Likely to Occur?
The popular notion of the opioid crisis primarily affecting rural communities does not hold up, according to new research.
Divulged Private Emails Show Purdue Pharma's Deception About the Strength of OxyContin
In a sealed court document, one of the company's controlling members indicated that Purdue Pharma should not correct misconceptions about the strength of oxycodone.
An Invisible Fentanyl Crisis Is Emerging on Mexico's Northern Border
The powerful painkiller has led to a considerable spike in overdoses in some border cities, but users are finding little support in trying to combat the scourge.
Purdue Pharma Executives Discussed Expanding Into the Addiction Treatment Market
The maker of the potent painkiller Oxycontin discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction were "naturally linked."
A New White House Tell-All Illustrates Trump's Views on How to Keep Teens From Abusing Opioids
In a new book, White House staffer Cliff Sims recounts what the president wanted for White House-sponsored ads intended to discourage young Americans from abusing opioid painkillers.
Americans Are Now More Likely to Die of Opioid Overdoses Than Car Crashes
Overdoses on opioid drugs—including heroin, prescription painkillers, and certain street drugs—were the top cause of unintentional, preventable deaths in the United States in 2017.
A Year in the Heart of the Addiction Crisis in Rust Belt America
The opioids are here, and meth is resurgent. When it's easier than ever to rationalize the first hit, and the options are limitless, even a community-wide effort might not be enough to stop the overdoses.
Discomfort With Multiculturalism Linked to Despair
New research points to a possible precursor to America's suicide and opioid epidemics.
Why Are Opioid Abuse Rates Higher Among Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals?
New research suggests that sexual minorities are particularly vulnerable to dependency on these drugs.
How the 2018 Mid-Terms Could Shape States' Approaches to Supervised Injection Sites
Gubernatorial races in states across the country could determine whether supervised injection sites—controversial clinics where people can safely inject drugs—will open in several U.S. cities and states where they're under consideration.