According to new CDC numbers, the death toll rose 15 percent last year after jumping 30 percent in 2020.
Inmates with opioid addiction suffered severe withdrawal after the Jefferson County Correctional Facility stripped them of their medication.
Several Justices Seem Dismayed at the Idea That Doctors Can Be Accidentally Guilty of Drug Trafficking
The Supreme Court is considering what standard should apply to prescribers accused of violating the Controlled Substances Act.
Patients suffer when physicians who prescribe opioids in good faith can face decades in prison.
The proposed guidelines emphasize the need for individualized treatment and collaboration with patients.
The actor's overdose death was a tragedy, but overzealous prosecution of the dealers who sold him the drugs will only make the problem worse.
A medical myth that responders can overdose by touching or inhaling synthetic opioids may lead to harsher jail sentences.
Less punitive responses to drug addiction are good, but what about people still stuck in federal prison?
As the U.S. reaches new terrible milestones in overdose deaths, a harm reduction system that has proven itself elsewhere finally launches where it’s needed most.
Restrictions on pain medication have undermined patient care while making drug use more lethal.
The meager evidence cited by Connecticut officials makes their warnings seem overwrought.
The Hulu miniseries portrays opioid pain medication as unacceptably dangerous in nearly every context.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns a Landmark Decision Blaming Johnson & Johnson for the State's Opioid Problems
The justices rejected a broad definition of "public nuisance" that would cover the manufacture of pain medication.
A drug that treats opioid addiction may also be abused. That’s not a good reason to restrict access.
A Scathing Rejection of the Case Against Four Drug Companies Highlights Misconceptions About the 'Opioid Crisis'
A California judge said the four jurisdictions that filed the lawsuit failed to prove a "public nuisance" or "false advertising."
Prohibition forces doctors to cut patients off from essential pain-killing medication.
It might represent justice in this case. But the approach is rife for abuse.
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Despite what the media and politicians have said, that isn't how this works.
The basics of supply and demand still applied.
Recycling a government press release is not good journalism.
A New Study Finds That Reducing Pain Medication Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Overdose and Suicide
The study highlights the dangers that government-encouraged "tapering" poses to patients on long-term opioid therapy.
Small-scale drug possession is now a $100 infraction that can be dismissed with a call to a drug abuse assessment hotline.
Restricting access to pain medication drove nonmedical users toward black-market substitutes.
The war on drugs is not just ineffective; it exacerbates the problems it is supposed to alleviate.
A new investigation of Pennsylvania prosecutions confirms that the defendants are often friends or low-level dealers.
A Twitter Tiff Between Former Federal Health Officials Highlights the Weakness of the Case for Banning Kratom
Former Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir says former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's support for a ban was based on "embarrassingly poor evidence."
Should Dying Cancer Patients Suffer From Undertreated Pain Because of 'Concerns Regarding Addiction'?
Two recent studies show how ham-handed efforts to reduce opioid prescriptions undermine medical care.
The crackdown on pain medication made drug use more dangerous and did nothing to address the factors driving "deaths of despair."
The data do not support the conventional wisdom that pain pill prescriptions are driving drug-related fatalities.
An appeals court panel rules the Controlled Substance Act's "crackhouse" provision forbids Safehouse from creating the facility.
Psychiatrist Sally Satel on her eye-opening year at a clinic in Ironton, Ohio
The new administration nixes a change that would have allowed more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.
Theresa Mathis was in the middle of a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence when she sent Reason a letter asking for help.
The original formulation of OxyContin didn’t create the opioid crisis, argues psychiatrist Sally Satel, and removing it from the market didn’t make the problem go away.
Increases in Opioid-Related Deaths Show That Drug Warriors (Including Biden) Have No Idea What They're Doing
After a slight drop in 2018, fatalities involving opioids jumped last year, setting a new record that is apt to be broken this year.
The story of why pain relievers took root in Appalachia begins decades before the introduction of OxyContin.
The $8.3 billion DOJ settlement is part of a crackdown that has perversely pushed drug users toward more dangerous substitutes.
A brief supporting the company's appeal argues that its discussion of pain treatment was constitutionally protected.
As of March 2020, combined fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses were nearly 20 percent higher than through the same month in 2019.
A Florida prosecutor's office reviewed the cases and agreed to resentencing for nearly two dozen inmates, calling it "a matter of fundamental fairness."
But we can't ban our way out of the research chemical problem.