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Have drug overdose deaths peaked?
With provisos, the CDC’s data over the last four to six months suggest that drug overdose deaths, including opioid-related deaths, may have peaked. Just over a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began publishing monthly provisional overdose fatality figures for rolling 12-month periods, which it had been collecting for several years. (The data is not final, and is subject to adjustment as additional data comes in—the first proviso.)
Reducing Rx opioid use will save lives over time: modeling study
A mathematical modeling study by Stanford researchers, published today, concludes that while reducing access to prescription opioids may initially spur some users to migrate to heroin use, it will save thousands of lives over a 10-year time horizon.
Nora Volkow on MAT, naloxone, new drugs, and why opioids are unique
This is part 2 of an interview with Nora Volkow, MD, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past 15 years.
Nora Volkow on prescription opioids, chronic pain and ‘hype’
Research psychiatrist Nora Volkow, MD—the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past 15 years—is one of the world's foremost authorities on opioid and other addictions.
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.
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