Opioids

Drug Deaths Dip in 2018, CDC Says

Analysis: Slight overall decline masks increases in fentanyl, cocaine, meth deaths

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."

Prescription Limits May Increase Opioid Exposure

Paper assesses effectiveness of prescription length limits, monitoring systems

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.