The opioid epidemic now raging across the U.S. — which has claimed more than 350,000 lives since 1999 — is being driven by the use of both prescription and illicit opioids.
Some counties seem to have gotten the message about reducing dependence on painkillers. Others, not so much.
Opioid poisonings among toddlers jumped 205 percent. Among teens aged 15 to 19, such poisonings rose 176 percent.
Twelve hours of pain relief is the drug’s key selling point. But for many patients, it falls short.
Minnesota experienced essentially no change in its drug overdose deaths. The state had 523 in 2013 and 517 in 2014, according to the CDC’s data.
The online survey polled 1,006 people who suffer from chronic pain; it was commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Marathon legend Dick Beardsley tells the story of his recovery from addiction to painkillers and the farm accident that started it all.
Raw moments in the debate over a bill to make the heroin antidote naloxone more widely available and to provide immunity for those who call 911.