More than 70 organizations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers, drug and device manufacturers and others released a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at addressing the escalating opioid crisis in the U.S.
The House passed two hospital-backed opioid bills to loosen the Medicaid funding restrictions on residential facilities for opioid addicts and to allow providers to share patient medical history that shows addiction.
A new study published Tuesday shows hospitals aren't fully relying on medications to treat opioid use disorder. Experts say that's a missed opportunity to expand treatment to thousands of people.
The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this year took big steps toward addressing gun violence and the opioid epidemic. But other issues, such as sexual misconduct by doctors, made less progress.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications from states and territories to score some of the $930 million in grants for opioid prevention and treatment initiatives.
Urban populations had higher rates of opioid abuse in the past 12 months than rural communities, but more rural people died as a result of opioid-induced overdose.
The Senate Finance Committee has dropped, for now, a bill that would ease Medicaid funding for inpatient drug addiction treatment. Still, discussions are ongoing as the House companion version heads toward a floor vote.
The "Stop Youth Opioid Abuse" ad campaign features graphic re-enactments of four individuals' stories about becoming addicted to prescription opioids.
Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, according to a new government report.
Medical science tells us substance use disorder is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. However, the medical establishment—hospitals, emergency rooms, physicians, insurers, physicians—still treats substance use disorder as if it is acute and episodic.
The American Medical Association warned against "one-size-fits-all" federal mandates to curb opioid prescribing, saying a 22% drop in opioid prescriptions shows the group's approach to the epidemic is working.
Public health advocates say the battles over opening safe-injection sites for addicts exemplify how much stigma determines drug policy despite the evidence.