overdose

BC Has a Safe Supply of Smokable Heroin and No One Can Use It Yet

For most of the nearly six years British Columbia's overdose crisis has been declared a public health emergency, the consumption…

January 26, 2022

Insurers Illegally Denying Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Benefits

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury released a report on January 25 that suggests…

January 25, 2022

Doubling Down on Fentanyl Myths, West Virginia Bill Would Punish “Exposing” Cops

On January 18, West Virginia legislators advanced a bill that would make “exposing” law enforcement officers to illicit fentanyl punishable…

January 20, 2022

An Opioid Vaccine Is Not the Answer

In 1974, scientists at the University of Chicago immunized a rhesus monkey against morphine. After training the monkey to self-administer…

January 10, 2022

NYC Vending Machines to Distribute Free Naloxone and Other Supplies

Before the end of 2022, New York City residents should be able to access naloxone, sterile syringes and other harm…

January 6, 2022

In Hamilton, Ontario, a Safe Supply Program Inches Forward

A small safe supply program in Hamilton, Ontario, is expanding. It has no funding, a capacity limited to a few…

January 4, 2022

CDC Total Recorded Overdose Deaths Pass 1 Million

A few weeks ago when the CDC announced we’d passed 100,000 recorded overdose deaths in a 12-month period, I wondered…

December 31, 2021

Hochul Signs Long-Awaited Bill Removing MOUD Barriers for New Yorkers on Medicaid

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that removed prior authorization for people on Medicaid to access medication for opioid…

December 24, 2021

NYC’s Safe Consumption Sites Have Averted 63 Overdoses in Three Weeks

In the three weeks since the first authorized safe consumption sites (SCS) in the US began operating, the two New…

December 22, 2021

Learning the Blues: West Coast Grapples With Shifting Drug Supply

“Forever, the prevalence of what kinds of drugs people did was completely boring,” Alex Kral, an epidemiologist from the nonprofit…

December 16, 2021