opioid

Vast Drug-Distribution Network Originating in China Feeds Fentanyl to U.S.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found that a vast drug-distribution network that originates in China is feeding the deadly opioid fentanyl to the United States, Mexico and Canada. The network trades not only in finished fentanyl, but related products that are subject to little or no regulation in…

Program Connects People to Treatment After They Survive Opioid Overdose

A New Jersey program immediately connects people to treatment after they have been revived from an opioid overdose with naloxone. Recovery specialists are contacted by hospitals participating in the program once an opioid overdose call has been dispatched. The Opioid Overdose Recovery Program is run by Barnabas Health in two…

Opioid Addiction Bills to be Considered This Week in U.S. House

The U.S. House is scheduled this week to vote on 18 bills designed to combat opioid addiction. The measures are expected to be approved, The New York Times reports. The measures cover a wide range of issues. One would make it easier for physicians to treat patients addicted to opioids,…

Another Opioid Epidemic Challenge: Too Few Addiction Counselors

More addiction counselors are leaving the field at a time when demand for their services is increasing, NPR reports. Addiction treatment professionals say the reason people are leaving include burnout and low pay. Addiction counselors earn an average of $40,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As…

More Than 47,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2014, Setting Record

More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014, setting a new record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug overdoses increased 6.5 percent from 2013. The states with the highest overdose death rates were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio, Reuters…