Colorado, Illinois and New York now allow health professionals to recommend marijuana instead of addictive, potentially deadly opioid pain pills.
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.
In addition to effects on health care use, opioid misuse can also lead to significant declines in employment, which in turn rob states of expected tax revenue.
To stanch the death toll from fentanyl contamination in the illicit drug supply, health officials in New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle reaching out to customers in bars and clubs.
A six-step plan that took a system approach cut use of high-dose opioids by more than 14 percent.
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
All eyes will be on Oklahoma this week when the first case in a flood of litigation against opioid drug manufacturers begins Tuesday.
Federal agencies are urging doctors to evaluate the risks to patients on opioid pain medicines before abruptly tapering them off the highly addictive drugs.
The trend has a big impact on states, whose budgets often already are overstretched responding to the drug crisis and other needs.
First came prescription pain medications, then heroin, and now fentanyl.
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.