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Available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high this year.
Accidental overdoses cause 90% of all U.S. opioid-related deaths while suicides account for far fewer of these fatalities than previously thought, a new analysis published Tuesday suggests.
Two Mount Vernon residents face federal drug charges in connection with counterfeit painkillers after a 17-year-old Bellingham boy died from an overdose last month
An Arizona man has become the second arrested on drug charges as authorities investigate the overdose death of rapper Mac Miller. Police gave no details on the connection between him and 26-year-old Miller, who died a year ago of an accidental overdose involving the powerful opioid fentanyl. Ryan Reavis has been charged with drug and weapons offenses but not directly accused of causing Miller’s death. Neither has Cameron Pettit, who was charged with selling drugs to Miller before his death.
Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.
Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.
Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path to recovery remains hard to see.
U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.
An Ohio critical-care doctor was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who authorities say were deliberately given overdoses of painkillers.
Shane Carson, 31, overdosed on methamphetamine and some type of opioid. But at the time, corrections officers believed he was “detoxing” or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and they dismissed the concerns of his cellmate, who tried to get him help.
U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday OK’d naloxone spray from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing – and summon help if it stops.
It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts are becoming alarmed at the prospect of it being used to sow terror.
Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid Friday for use in health care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its own advisors that it would inevitably be diverted to illicit use and cause more overdose deaths.
The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it’s too soon to declare victory.
Demi Lovato’s mother says the pop star is doing well nearly two months after she suffered an overdose, but she admits there was a time they weren’t sure whether Lovato would make it.
Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, died Friday at age 26.
An Idaho man who tried to revive a fellow drug user who overdosed will spend two decades in prison for distributing the drug that resulted in the man’s death.
Demi Lovato’s condition is reportedly improving more than a week after she was hospitalized following an apparent drug overdose.