A Wednesday hearing on the opioid crisis will examine whether Medicaid expansion has exacerbated the epidemic rather than helping to stem it.
Deaths from opioid-driven hospitalizations quadrupled between 2000 and 2014, a new study concluded, painting a grim picture of the decades-long opioid epidemic that killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016.
U.S. life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row in 2016, a shocking trend reversal driven by the increase in drug overdose deaths, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) office on the front lines of the opioid crisis will aim to tackle exploding drug overdose death rates and Mexican drug trafficking, according to its chief-in-waiting, DEA agent D. Christopher Evans.
Researchers at the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research announced Monday some success with an experimental vaccine to block heroin’s addictive effects on the brain.
America’s increase in homicides over the past two years may be attributable to the concurrent opioid crisis, according to a new report from the DOJ-affiliated National Institute for Justice, which also suggests increased public antagonism towards the police has also played some role.
Fifty teams of programmers and public health specialists met Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C., for a code-a-thon organized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on developing software to help combat America’s opioid crisis.
The Drug Enforcement Agency announced Wednesday the results of Operation Faux Pharmacy, a three-state initiative which targeted 26 pharmacies suspected of illicitly distributing drugs, resulting in the seizure of 494,000 pills and about $2.8 million.
A bevy of chemists, law enforcement officers, and medical experts appeared before a meeting of the United States Sentencing Commission Tuesday to provide testimony on the emerging health and justice threat posed by synthetic drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Agency will open its 22nd division office next year in Louisville, Kentucky, bringing agency resources and focus to three states hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic.