- Swedish Medical Center is asking about 2,900 people to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV because a former surgical technician may have stolen pain medication.Read more
Many employers who test for drugs don't screen employees for opioids. Yet opioid abuse is linked to problems with workplace productivity and safety.
- People still think that abuse of opioid painkillers is something that criminals do, a study of news media coverage finds. Options like expanded access to treatment are rarely mentioned.Read More
- Medicines that help users wean themselves from opioid drugs can be prescribed in a doctor's office or clinic. But some clients question whether the clinics always have their best interests at heart.Read More
Emergency room doctors deal with more than 123 unnecessary electronic alerts to prevent just one unwanted reaction from a medication.
- Officials hope that a family member or friend may be able to administer a naloxone spray more quickly and easily to someone who may be overdosing.Read more
Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.
Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen is working to put the anti-overdose medication naloxone into the hands of as many heroin users as possible. But the price of the antidote has nearly doubled.