February 26, 2019
Last April, The Baltimore Sun ran an op-ed essay by a woman in mourning. Her sister, a “middle-class suburban mom,” had become addicted to alcohol and opioids and died. Two years earlier, The Wall Street Journal published the names and photographs of some of the 300,000 Americans who had died of opioid overdoses since the 1990s. Smiling faces stared back at the reader with eyes full of promise.
February 25, 2019
The damage done to America's health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous, with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the problem has worsened, American hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuse.
February 12, 2019
On a bitter cold afternoon in front of the central bus stop in Bangor, Maine, about a half-dozen people recently surrounded a folding table covered with handmade signs offering free clean syringes, coffee and naloxone, the drug also known as Narcan that can reverse an opioid overdose. They're with a group called the Church of Safe Injection that is handing out clean drug-using supplies in cities around the U.S.
January 30, 2019
“Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week.
January 28, 2019
An examination of nearly two decades of drug overdose deaths shows that shifts in the year-to-year death toll, marked by relatively predictable peaks and valleys, mask the true magnitude of the opioid epidemic in America, which now appears mired in a deadly new normal for years to come. Trends that seem apparent in hindsight escaped notice for years, with the failure to recognize a climb in deaths at the turn of the millennium – along with a subsequent slowdown – raising a compelling question: Did policymakers, law enforcement and public health officials miss chances to curb the opioid epidemic before it became a full-blown emergency?
January 28, 2019
The headline above sounds similar to a passage from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s anti-war song “Ohio,” which chronicled the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University nearly 50 years ago. But it’s actually a description of what is happening today in the Buckeye State, where opioid overdoses are killing people in large numbers. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths.
January 23, 2019
The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.
January 22, 2019
Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives
Bill Kinkle hasn't worked as a nurse in nearly a decade. But the Pennsylvania man never leaves home without emergency medical supplies. Always on his belt: naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save a life.