Study identified 412 counties are at least twice as likely to be at high risk for opioid overdose deaths and to lack providers who can deliver medications to treat opioid use disorder.
A six-step plan that took a system approach cut use of high-dose opioids by more than 14 percent.
Heroin and opioids continue to be the most common drugs associated with fatal overdoses, while deaths involving methamphetamine continued to rise sharply.
Life inside the seesaw struggle of dual addiction.
As opioid addiction and overdoses escalated into an epidemic, many surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief
The opioid crisis is not, at its root, a problem of pain. It is a mental health crisis.
People with an opioid addiction are at much higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population.
The trend has a big impact on states, whose budgets often already are overstretched responding to the drug crisis and other needs.
More than a third of those visits involved a diagnosis of mental illness.
The trial will for the first time provide access to evidence aimed at showing that drug companies flooded markets with opioids, knowing that they were addictive.
Detoxing off heroin or opioids without medication is sheer hell. I should know.
The annual number of opioid overdose deaths will increase to 81,700 in 2025, the study projects.