Drug Deaths Soar, Prompting New Crackdowns and Funding
Nationwide, there has been a 31% increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic compared with the year before, fueled largely by the presence of the potent opioid fentanyl in heroin, methamphetamines and other illicit drugs.
America’s overdose epidemic projected to get worse
The annual number of opioid overdose deaths will increase to 81,700 in 2025, the study projects.
Are you OK? Cellphone app detects opioid overdose
The app, called Second Chance, detects overdose-related symptoms about 90 percent of the time by tracking your breathing and movement.
Overdoses, homicide and suicide in King County
In 2016, King County saw an unprecedented jump in overdose deaths, a trend fueled by the increase in opiate use, particularly in combination with other drugs.
How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
With lethal amounts of fentanyl showing up in heroin and other drugs throughout the country, active drug users are at a greater risk of dying than ever before
VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
The VA is adding naloxone kits to AED cabinets in its buildings across the country, an initiative that could become a model for other health care organizations.
Workers Overdose On The Job, And Employers Struggle To Respond
Many employers — ill-equipped or unwilling to confront an issue they are at a loss to handle — turn a blind eye to addiction within their workforce.
Opioid Overdose Deaths Rose in 2017 Driven by Fentanyl
Nearly 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017, about 7 percent more than in the previous year, CDC report.