The same medication used to save lives by reversing opioid overdoses may also benefit nonopioid users
Opioids are powerful painkillers derived from either the opium poppy or synthetic versions of it. These highly addictive substances have spurned an epidemic in the United States. Here's the latest news on the science of opioids, who they impact and possible treatments.
Your body has its own natural pain-relief system, and scientists may be one step closer to learning how to use it for controlling chronic pain.
The herbal substance kratom contains compounds that can be considered opioids, the FDA said this week.
U.S. officials remain concerned about teen marijuana use — which increased in the past year — and vaping, which is common, according to a new survey.
Many parents don't think their child is at risk for misusing opioids. But the numbers suggest otherwise, and it's critical to prevent opioid use at a young age.
Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by car accidents, guns and HIV infection.
Life expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, a new report finds.
Drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens edged upward in 2015, after declining for several years prior, according a new report.
President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a "national emergency," but could this declaration really help address the crisis?
The number of people dying from opioid overdose continues to rise, in part because of cheap street drugs. Yet the price of a drug used to treat addiction is out of reach for many.
Most patients who are prescribed opioids after surgery don't take all of the prescribed pills, leaving leftover opioids that could be used inappropriately, a new review of studies finds.
Too many Americans are prescribed too many opioids for too long, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Rolling back protections from federal interference in state legalization laws could worsen the opioid overdose crisis.
Researchers say they are one step closer to developing a vaccine that could block heroin's addictive high.