How an American billionaire predicted – and then profited from – an Oxycontin ‘prescription blizzard’ (Chad Brummett, Rebecca Haffajee)

Inpatient Opioids Influence At-Home Use (Amy Bohnert)

Nonwhite patients get less pain relief in U.S. emergency rooms (Lisa Rapaport)

Opioid epidemic alone didn’t cause life expectancy decline, study says (Arline Geronimus)

Opioid prescriptions in Michigan are declining, but a crisis still rages (Chad Brummett)

Over-the-counter painkillers often suffice after minor surgery (Chad Brummett, Mike Englesbe)

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions After C-Sections (Alex Peahl)

Study Names High-Risk Counties for Opioids in US (Rebecca Haffajee)

Surgeons’ Opioid-Prescribing Habits Are Hard To Kick (Chad Brummett, Mike Englesbe)

Survey Urges Grandparents to Lock Down Their Meds When Kids Visit (Robert Preidt)

Thousands of US cities and counties in federal opioid lawsuit file for class status (Maureen Carroll)



AJPM: Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S., 2012–2014

Association between cannabis laws and opioid prescriptions among privately insured adults in the US

Association between medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose mortality has reversed over time

CDC Features: Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight

How Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals to Medicaid Can Help Address the Opioid Epidemic

SAMHSA: MAT Inside Correctional Facilities: Addressing Medication Diversion

Opioids: Policy to Practice Summit: Opioid Summit Presentations & Panels

Pain Management and Opioids CME (a NEJM Knowledge + free online CME course for medical professionals)

Prenatal Risk Factors and Perinatal and Postnatal Outcomes Associated With Maternal Opioid Exposure in an Urban, Low-Income, Multiethnic US Population

Recorded Webcast: U.S. Surgeon General to Discuss America’s Opioid Epidemic

Regional and Rural–Urban Variation in Opioid Prescribing in the Veterans Health Administration

Urban Institute: Leveraging Medicaid to Address Opioid and Substance Use Disorders in Maine: Ten State Policy Options from an Expedited Review

IHS announces requirements to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (Indian Health Service)

Law Enforcement Officers’ Health Effects from Exposure to Opioids: Two Case Investigations (NIOSH Science Blog)

Leveraging Medicaid to Combat the Opioid Epidemic: How Leader States and Health Plans Deliver Evidence-Based Treatment (Health Affairs Blog)

Trump Administration Approves Two New State Medicaid Demonstrations to Treat Substance Use Disorders and Combat National Opioid Epidemic (