The number of drug overdose deaths fell slightly in 2018, preliminary data released Wednesday indicate, causing government officials to claim that they are "beginning to win the fight against this crisis."
A paper released Monday found that a popular policy designed to combat opioid abuse may unintentionally expose more people to the highly addictive drugs. It looks at how two policies — initial prescription limits and must-access prescription drug monitoring programs — affect "opioid-naïve" individuals’ exposure to prescription painkillers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States is making progress in an increasingly global drug war, although Chinese drug gangs and the "Maduro mafia" are posing major barriers to success.
Legal medical marijuana does not drive down opioid overdose deaths, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, refuting an earlier study that found evidence they did.