False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.
Ending the opioid epidemic requires addressing not only treatment gaps in addiction and overdose, but also inadequate pain management.
Fentanyl adulteration led to the replacement of heroin in the unregulated drug supply of British Columbia. Now that benzodiazepines are present in many opioids, are we headed towards a ‘new normal?’
While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
Accidental ingestion of drugs can have detrimental effects on dogs’ health. Education and awareness can help protect pets from consuming opioids and cannabis products.
The start of one new public health crisis didn’t mean the end of another.
A one-dimensional approach to reducing opioid use isn’t favoured by health care professionals or patients.
The jury’s still out on whether or not CBD relieves stress and anxiety.
The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.
The Office for National Statistics reports the highest drug deaths since records began in 1993.
COVID-19 plagues an overtaxed opioid addiction treatment system.
Opioid-related deaths in Australia have been on an upward trend in recent years, having doubled since 2006.
Continued drug dependence treatment for people locked down in housing estates is important. But people not currently in treatment also need support.
New rules attempt to curb opioid-related deaths in Australia. These changes are a step in the right direction – but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended consequences.
The overdose crisis — coupled with a lack of accessible harm reduction services — represents a growing concern for young queer and trans men who use drugs.
The crisis has made recovery more difficult for those with substance use disorders. The inability to get to support group meetings, stress and illness are just some of the factors.
A new report counts the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illegal opioid use in Australia for 2015/2016. The numbers are fairly grim.
Pharmacists are well positioned to provide communities with a lifesaving drug.
Taking tranquilizers with opioids increases the risk of overdose tenfold.