Opioids

The Opioid Crisis Isn’t the Same in Every Place

COMMENTARY | New research highlights communities most at risk for opioid overdose deaths and most in need of services.

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Arlington County, Virginia announced that it would begin distributing the strips to addiction-prone people leaving the county jail, the latest in a growing number of government agencies to turn to the tests as a way to prevent overdoses.

Rhode Island Becomes First State to OK Drug Injection Sites

Advocates say sites where people can use drugs under supervision can save lives. But cities that have tried to establish such centers have faced opposition from their states and the federal government.

Purdue Pharma Moves Closer to Opioid Settlement as 15 States Drop Objections

Attorneys general who had been critical of a proposed bankruptcy plan for the OxyContin manufacturer said they would agree to a deal that requires significant public disclosure from the company.

A Troubling Rise in Drug Overdose Deaths Among Latinos

New research finds drug-related fatalities have been climbing for Latinos nationwide and in California and suggests policymakers should focus more on the issue.

‘An Insult’: Attorneys General Slam Purdue Restructuring Plan

Under the proposal filed this week, the OxyContin manufacturer would pay $4.25 billion to states, municipalities and others.

Opioid Deaths Spark Push to Ease Buprenorphine Rules

There's debate over whether the benefits of relaxing rules for the addiction treatment medication outweigh the risks of the pills becoming more readily available.

47 States Reach $573 Million Opioid Settlement with McKinsey

States will receive the majority of the money they are owed from the consulting firm within 60 days.

Proposed Safe-Injection Site in Philadelphia Found Illegal by Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision that found a plan to open the nation’s first supervised drug injection site violates a federal law passed to shut down crack houses.

COVID-19 Eased Drug Treatment Rules—And That Saved Lives

A deadly year could have been much worse without phone counseling options.

Nation Sees Troubling Rise in Fatal Cocaine Overdoses

Many of the deaths involve cocaine mixed with the opioid fentanyl, a new analysis finds. Data shows that 2019 may have been a record year for deadly overdoses.

Patients Struggle to Find Prescription Opioids After New York Tax Drives Out Suppliers

The tax was touted as a way to punish major drugmakers for their role in the opioid epidemic and generate funding for treatment programs. But to avoid paying, scores of manufacturers and wholesalers stopped selling opioids in New York.

Purdue Pharma’s Plea Deal Won’t Solve America’s Drug Problem

COMMENTARY | Billion-dollar fines will never mend the myriad social issues underlying Americans’ voracious appetite for pain relief.

OxyContin Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges in Opioid Lawsuit

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A State Project to Map Overdoses in Real Time

A statewide project in Connecticut takes reports of suspected opioid overdoses from first responders and maps them in real time, helping community partners better direct their services to high-risk areas.

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in Colorado.

New York Tax On Opioid Drug Makers Revived By Federal Appeals Court

A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court decision that axed a state tax that would require drug companies to pay hundreds of millions to help cover the cost of the state’s response to the opioid epidemic.

States Claim Drugmaker Owes $2 Trillion for Role in Opioid Epidemic

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia say that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma contributed to a crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People on the West Side

Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.

Texas AG Brokers Deal With Counties on Opioid Payouts

The deal would send 15% of any national settlement deal directly to cities and counties.