Josh Ledesma displays safe injection supplies with outreach specialist Rachel Bolton outside the Access Drug User Health Program drop-in center in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 31, 2020.
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COVID-19 plagues an overtaxed opioid addiction treatment system.
Incarcerated people are often denied access to treatment for opioid use disorder. This October 2016 file photo shows corrections officer opening the door to a cell in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, B.C. during a media tour.
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Urgently needed treatment for opioid use disorder is often denied to incarcerated people, feeding the crisis in prisons and jails.
A drug addict smoking crystal meth on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
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There’s widespread attention on the dangers of opioid addiction, but use of damaging crystal meth continues in the U.S., with police seizures rising.
To reduce opioid-related harms, we must ensure treatments for opioid dependence are accessible to those who need them.
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
Many hospitals are implementing new procedures to replace prescribing opioids after surgery.
About 1 in 4 people prescribed an opioid for pain end up abusing it. New methods to reduce the need for opioids after surgery have been shown to work – and thus minimize the need for such drugs.
Classified advertisement for Leslie Keeley’s Gold Cure.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune, July 21, 1884
Considered in historical context, Purdue’s plan to peddle opioid addiction medicines to vulnerable people is not so surprising. Gilded-Age pharmaceutical companies used similar strategies.
Mortality data show only the final result of opioid overdose, not why it happens.
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The toll of the opioid epidemic is often derived from toxicology reports. These rely on drug tests. A medical historian explains these tests and how they fall short of capturing why people are dying.
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The opioid crisis in the US has quadrupled the number of babies born addicted to drugs.
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids.
A bill to deal with the opioid crisis recently came out of a Senate committee. While some of its recommendations are good, some key points are missing.
Alcohol abuse leads to more deaths each year than opioid addiction.
Opioid addiction is a serious public health problem, killing more than 42,000 people a year and ruining families. But alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the US. An addiction expert tells why.
A Philadelphia man, who struggles with opioid addiction, in 2017.
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As the nation grapples with its opioid addiction epidemic, an understanding of how the drugs affect people is important. The powerful class of drugs actually can change the brain.
It’s misleading to say that withdrawing codeine-containing products from sale without a prescription will reduce codeine use.
The claim there is no evidence painkillers combined with lower doses of codeine are more effective in treating pain, is misleading. As are others in this debate.
Schedule 2 narcotics: Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana.
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How can we fight the opioid epidemic? Redesign the drugs, rethink how we assess patients and mandate prescription monitoring.
Grandmother and child walking in the park.
Millions of American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: What are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Dependency on opioid painkillers is roughly twice as bad in rural and regional areas of Australia.
Dependency on opioid painkillers reflects what we already know about life in the small towns of Australia - people tend to have poorer health.
A neighborhood in Huntington, West Virginia, where more than two dozen opioid overdoses occurred within four hours in August, 2016.
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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.
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and unidentified woman at a rally in November aiming to destigmatize 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.
A pump for pain control, with highly addictive drug fentanyl via Wikimedia.
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?
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?