The warning signs of what would become a deadly opioid epidemic emerged in early 2001. That’s when officials of the state employee health plan in West Virginia noticed a surge in deaths attributed to oxycodone, the active ingredient in the painkiller OxyContin

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As overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers soar, more people say a plant called kratom, grown largely in Thailand, and its derivatives, are alternatives to pain killers and can wean them off opiates. But others say it merely creates another form of addiction and danger

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It’s not clear why. Overdose death rates are high in New England, but not the highest in the country. Glazier says the 12 transplant centers in that region may be more aggressive about finding a match for patients with failing hearts, livers or kidneys

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Among the many ways to combat a drug epidemic, an app competition is easily the strangest

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Dope Sick

August 2, 2016

A harrowing story of best friends, addiction — and a stealth killer

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The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions

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As many as 70,000 more people could get access to office-based treatment for opioid use now that the administration has raised the cap on the number of patients each doctor is allowed to treat

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Zac Talbott sees the irony of running an opioid treatment program from a former doctor’s office. “The funny thing is, a lot of patients are like, ‘This is where I first started getting prescribed pain pills,’ ” Talbott said

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