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Insurers still too reliant on opioid prescribing, study finds
American health insurers are wrestling with their own version of a painful truth: Kicking opioids is hard.
The “gross under use” of opioid addiction medication
“We now possess effective treatment that could … save many lives,” wrote Nora Volkow Tuesday, “yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”  
Can Virtual Reality Relieve Chronic Pain? A Controversial Pain Doctor Thinks So.

Some hospitals today try to lessen the pain of patients, especially children, by having them play virtual reality games during agonizing procedures.

How Synthetic Opioids—New and Lethal—Are Tested and Trafficked on the Darknet
Last month a project called eDarkTrends posted an alert on the National Drug Early Warning System
Opioid Addiction Treatment Begins in the Emergency Room in a Camden, NJ, Hospital
Every day at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., emergency room doctors treat, on average, five to fifteen patients who have overdosed on opioids.
Opioid Overdose Deaths Are A Growing Source of Transplant Organs. Yet Some Are Discarded.
“There’s a lot of things that lead to organ donation,” says Jean Emond, the head of transplantation at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center. “None are great.”
An Algorithmic Breakthrough In the Fight Against Illicit Opioid Trafficking
Behind the deadliest and most lucrative sector of opioid trafficking, a global cat-and-mouse game is playing out each day—among chemists.
How Rhode Island Cut Opioid Overdose Deaths; Slashed Those of Recently Released Inmates 60%
When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a dismal report this month showing that hospitalizations for suspected opioid overdose were still skyrocketing nationwide...
Hotspotting: How a Wealth of Data on Drug Use Can Be Mined From … Sewage
Last November, the fire chief of Cary, North Carolina, told a group of town supervisors that his department had responded to five drug overdoses that week, three of them fatal.
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