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Heroin Use Is Spiking Among White Americans

The U.S. is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, with 91 people dying every day from an overdose on opioids like prescription painkillers or heroin. …

How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story.<p>America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever.<p>With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of …

More Than 200 British Columbians Died of Drug Overdose in the First Two Months of 2017

Front line advocates are calling on the feds to declare a national health emergency, and start tracking cross-country deaths.<p><i>This article first appeared in VICE Canada.</i><p>British Columbia's overdose epidemic has killed 219 people in 2017 so far—significantly more than the first two months of …

Most teens who abuse opioids 1st got them from a doctor

Most American teenagers who abuse opioid drugs first received the drugs from a doctor, a new study finds.<p>Researchers looked at trends in the use of prescription opioids among U.S. adolescents from 1976 to 2015. They found a strong correlation between teens' taking the drugs for medical reasons and …