As overdoses soar in Philly and elsewhere, feds make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction medication

Buprenorphine, a popular opioid addiction treatment drug, has long had its prescribing restricted by the federal government.

As overdoses soar in Philly and elsewhere, feds make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction medication

Buprenorphine, a popular opioid addiction treatment drug, has long had its prescribing restricted by the federal government.

As drug overdoses rise with the pandemic, two studies show addiction medication can save lives

Expanding access to medications that treat addiction has become a crucial part of the fight against America’s overdose crisis.

As drug overdoses rise with the pandemic, two studies show addiction medication can save lives

Expanding access to medications that treat addiction has become a crucial part of the fight against America’s overdose crisis.

CDC records highest-ever drug deaths in a 12-month period

Early data shows that that spike in overdose deaths has accelerated during the pandemic.

CDC records highest-ever drug deaths in a 12-month period

Early data shows that that spike in overdose deaths has accelerated during the pandemic.
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U.S. fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show

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Trump said solving the opioid crisis was a top priority. His drug office’s track record suggests otherwise.

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Myths about fentanyl spread more prolifically online than articles correcting them, study finds

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Addiction to opioids and tobacco increases risk for COVID-19, study finds

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Penn researchers use virtual reality to train bystanders to respond to overdoses

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A place to remember those lost to opioids

Camden County Remembrance and Hope Memorial recognizes residents who have died due to opioid use.

Even with a license to prescribe a popular addiction treatment drug, many doctors aren’t giving it to their patients

Just over half of the physicians licensed to prescribe buprenorphine actually prescribe the medication to patients, a new study has found.

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