Dependency on opioid painkillers reflects what we already know about life in the small towns of Australia - people tend to have poorer health.
West Virginia favored Trump by more than 2:1 in the 2016 election, but Trump's policies would particularly hurt the state. Its residents depend heavily on Medicaid to treat opioid addiction.
The nation is still in the grip of an opioid addiction epidemic, but there is some good news. Treatment options are expanding, as professionals learn more about the illness.
New evidence suggests that opioids cause the immune system to run amok and, surprisingly, increase pain. Does this mean that opioids might be contributing to the chronic pain epidemic?
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?