Data show a significant variation in utilization and cost of opioid-related treatment, which may be explained by provider capacity, coverage networks or financial incentives.
U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals.
More than 400 "Dear Doctor" letters, sent last year in San Diego County, were part of a study that, researchers say, put a human face on the U.S. opioid crisis for many doctors.
To cut back on predatory marketing of addiction treatment centers, Facebook will require such centers to go through a certification and application process. Google has already implemented a similar policy.
The FDA has noticeably shifted its approach to drug approval, releasing new recommendations that give drug developers a wider array of outcome measures to prove the efficacy of new medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder.
St. Luke's University Health Network has created a new program that ensures patients with lower back pain get access to physical therapy within 48 hours to prevent chronic back pain that can lead to surgery and opioid dependency.
The 35-member coalition, which includes HHS and powerful provider groups and insurers, wants to speed up the national response to the opioid epidemic.
The author of Pain Killer lays out the case for Purdue Pharma planting seeds of the opioid epidemic by marketing aggressively, routing tens of millions of dollars to doctors and healthcare organizations and ignoring early signs of abuse.
New Michigan laws on opioids intended to save lives have physicians complaining about unintended consequences. They say regulations have added unnecessary administrative headaches, led to a climate of fear for doctors and left patients unable to get medications when they really need them.
Saying there is still a lot of "low-hanging fruit," U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams Friday announced his office will partner with the American Hospital Association to further combat the opioid epidemic.
Oregon's proposal would limit coverage for five broad chronic pain conditions to 90 days of opioid pain relievers.
Community health centers are piloting promising and innovative solutions in the battle against opioid addiction and are addressing social factors that lie behind substance use.