People who use opioid medicines for pain may face a higher risk of depression, a new study finds.
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.
Abuse of prescription opioid painkillers is the strongest risk factor for heroin use — people addicted to opioids are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin, according to a new report.
For people who are addicted to opioid painkillers, getting treated for addiction in the emergency room rather than waiting to see an addiction specialist may be beneficial, a new study suggests.
Many U.S. women who are in their childbearing years are prescribed opioid painkillers, powerful medications that can cause birth defects, a new study finds.
Research has shown that marijuana can be effective as a substitute for treating opioid addicts and preventing overdoses.
In states where medical marijuana is legal, the rates of deaths caused by painkiller overdoses are lower than in states where medical marijuana is illegal, a new study has found.
The rate of prescriptions that doctors write for painkillers varies widely by state, with states in the South having some of the highest rates, according to a new report
Almost half of the U.S. soldiers who have recently returned from deployment have chronic pain, and 15 percent use opioid painkillers, a new study finds.
Electronic databases that track patients' drug prescriptions may help ease prescription drug abuse, but won't solve the problem alone.
After an old cheerleading injury developed into severe back pain, Lynn, an almost-30, middle class newlywed, developed an addiction to opioid painkillers.
A CDC study reveals that deaths due to overdose of opioid pain relievers (powerful opium-derived analgesics such as Oxycontin and Percocet) are now killing more people than heroin and cocaine.