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

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How the Americans With Disabilities Act could change the way the nation’s jails and prisons treat addiction. Most jails and prisons around the country forbid methadone and a newer addiction medication, buprenorphine, even when legitimately prescribed, on the grounds that they pose safety and security concerns

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Despite the mounting death toll of America’s opioid crisis, most facilities that treat substance use disorders don’t offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone, or methadone—the three medications approved by the FDA for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study

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In just 10 months, the sixth-largest company in America shipped more than 3 million prescription opioids — nearly 10,000 pills a day on average — to a single pharmacy in a Southern West Virginia town with only 400 residents, according to a congressional report released Wednesday

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Kojo Namdi Show: Last year, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Now, schools in Maryland are bracing for the local impact. Some are stocking up on naloxone, a medication which is used to block the effects of opioids and prevent fatal overdoses. Guests include our Brendan Saloner, listen now

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Ethical questions often emerge when treating patients’ pain with opioids or treating them for substance-use disorder—questions that do not arise in other parts of practice

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Then opioid prescribing dropped. In a small, randomized trial, researchers showed that this intervention — aimed at making the abstract issue of safe prescribing individually tangible — led to a slight reduction in the amount of opioids these clinicians prescribed

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and what doctors should tell patients about it. In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal

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