Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless

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Why Can’t Addicts Just Quit?

November 13, 2017

In some cities, heroin addicts have access to treatment, but many are still using. Now, Seattle is poised to open a safe-injection facility for those who just can’t stop. So why can’t they?

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Concern over illicit use and addiction is putting morphine out of reach for millions of patients globally who need it for pain relief

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An Ethical Dilemma for Doctors

September 25, 2017

When is it OK to prescribe opioids? Our Travis Rieder writes, “America’s opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried.”

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Brendan Saloner, who studies substance use treatment among young people at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics, said the general lack of collegiate recovery options is symptomatic of a broader problem. “We don’t have the infrastructure set up to really help anyone in most places. It’s sort of a bleak world,” he said. “People are desperate, and understandably so.”

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Small-molecule drugs are hard to vaccinate against

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“A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session in March

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The agency is proposing new rules that could save millions of lives

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