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Fatal overdoses are down more than 50 percent since last year, an astounding turnaround for one of the nation’s addiction hot spots.
Experts say the deadly prescription painkiller could soon replace heroin entirely.
More than 72,300 Americans died last year as a result of a drug overdose.
As IV drug use increases across the country, overdoses, hepatitis C and deadly bacterial infections are also on the rise.
Compared with the general population, they have much higher rates of death from HIV, viral hepatitis and other causes during this time.
Bill de Blasio joins leaders in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle in declaring intent to open safe injection sites.
The drug can save the lives of people overdosing on opioids.
The city wants to reduce its number of opioid-related deaths.
The L.A. County Medical Examiner said the musician had taken several pain medications, including fentanyl, oxycodone and Xanax.
Public health experts at the university’s Meyers Center are searching for new ways to help track and address the epidemic.
Recent findings reveal a morbid silver lining to the U.S. opioid crisis.
Harm reduction advocates say the facility would help reduce injection drug-related risks like overdoses and hepatitis C infections.
An op-ed in Vox argues that treating addiction as a moral failure exacerbates the crisis.
More than 20 news outlets are collaborating to cover the region’s ongoing heroin, overdose and hepatitis C epidemics.
Advocates argue that authorities planning for natural disasters must factor in the needs of those suffering from addiction and in recovery.
A formal petition filed with federal drug regulators last week seeks to prevent thousands of accidental overdose deaths every year.
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