As opioid addiction and deadly overdoses escalated into an epidemic across the U.S., thousands of surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief, according to a KHN-Johns Hopkins analysis of Medicare data

Quick Read

Some drug users say that as long as the lifesaving drug is around, they don’t worry as much about dying

Quick Read

“Buprenorphine patients remain disproportionately white and, while whites are more likely to have opioid addiction, the difference in prevalence alone is unlikely to explain this gap,” commented our Brendan Saloner

Quick Read

Our Brendan Saloner on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition that is the result of prenatal exposure to opioids, and the impact of community social stress on opioid use and NAS

Quick Read

Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start

Quick Read

“When people get signed up for Medicaid, it increases the likelihood that they will seek all types of medical care including more visits to primary care doctors, and even when patients are not explicitly seeking care for opioid addiction, the greater contact with the health system creates more opportunities…” said lead study author Brendan Saloner

Quick Read

“It’s potentially a really big deal,” said Brendan Saloner, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health , who has studied the opioid addiction crisis. Suboxone Film has “a really important role in the overall strategy of combating the overdose crisis,”

Quick Read

Little Falls, Minnesota, didn’t do anything revolutionary. They just made a real effort — and spent real money — treating addiction as a disease, not a crime. With comments from our Brendan Saloner

Quick Read