Naloxone counteracts the effects of an overdose.
Naloxone programmes have sprung up in the UK and elsewhere, but drug death rates keep climbing.
Many people aren't just taking one drug but a combination of drugs.
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Ginsberg was one of the most high-profile representatives of the American counterculture and anti-war movement.
Chris Burkett deposits old needles at a needle exchange program in Aberdeen, Wash., June 14, 2017.
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Opioids kill 100 people each day in the US, more than vehicular accidents. Those addicted are often left without treatment. An addiction researcher offers six steps to address the epidemic.
Vivitrol, a non-opioid medication, is used to treat some cases of opioid dependence. Addiction specialists stress that not all patients need medication, but that many do.
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The U.S. has had multiple drug epidemics, and, until recently, has not had evidence-tested ways to help people. That has changed. New medicines can help. But other medical issues should also be addressed.
(Left to right, top to bottom) Martyn Fitzsimmons, David Sell, Gerard Docherty, Steven McArdle, Francis Mulligan and Barry O'Neill.
Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.
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Scientists are beginning to understand why certain drugs and musical genres are natural partners.
A woman holds a photo of her best friend, who died of a drug overdose in January 2017, before a march to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C.
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Catastrophic increases in opioid overdose deaths across Canada require a broad response -- tackling housing, food and income insecurity as well as the contaminated drug supply.
Maybe it's time the government listened to the advice offered by its Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Michelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016.
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Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
A safe injecting facility is a priority for Melbourne, but more can be done Australia wide.
The parliamentary inquiry into establishing an injecting room in Victoria has failed to make any recommendations. This is despite finding drug use is at crisis levels in the area.
People without ID, like Steven Kemp, are sometimes turned away from the country’s already threadbare system of drug treatment centers.
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President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
An addict prepares heroin in Lamu on the east coast of Kenya.
South Africa is only one piece in a larger puzzle of the heroin trade along the continents east coast.
Fentanyl: increasingly lethal.
Synthetic opiates are a growing problem.
Drug related deaths are on the rise, but federal funds to programs that mitigate drug abuse are being cut in 2018.
Drug deaths are rising faster than ever. How did we get here and what to do about it?
Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
Punitive measures and forced rehabilitation don’t work.
As in other parts of the world, the war on drugs in Southeast Asian countries has huge social, moral and medical costs. Now, an approach that places harm reduction at its centre is gaining support.
Injecting in public is associated with nuisance and more frequent overdose deaths.
Safer drug consumption rooms can cut overdose deaths and reduce public nuisance. Other countries use them – isn't it time the UK did too?
Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
President Obama hugs Carey Dixon, who has a loved one affected by addiction. Via REUTERS.
The Senate passed a bill July 13 to address the opioid epidemic. Georgia recently passed a bill that would limit rather than expand the number of treatment centers. Could others follow suit?