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FDA wants to change the way it evaluates opioids. Here's how.

June 21, 2019


FDA on Thursday released draft guidance aimed at strengthening the agency's framework for reviewing new opioid drugs by comparing the safety and effectiveness of proposed products to existing products and assessing whether new products would reduce the risk of opioid misuse.

The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

Suicide rates among US teens and young adults hit a 17-year high

June 20, 2019


The suicide rate among U.S. residents between the ages of 15 and 24 is at its highest since 1999, according to a new study.

What actually kills US residents? (Hint: It isn't what you Google.)

June 18, 2019


While U.S. residents might think they understand the health conditions that could kill them, a review of Google searches from 2016 finds that, relatively speaking, hardly anyone was looking up the leading cause of death.

Map: The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, according to the Commonwealth Fund

June 17, 2019


The Commonwealth Fund on Wednesday released its 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which ranks all 50 states on key measures of health.

Can medical marijuana reduce fatal opioid overdoses? Maybe not.

June 13, 2019


A study published Monday casts doubt on claims that medical marijuana legalization could reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by giving patients an alternative pain treatment.

Opioid suits lead Insys to file for bankruptcy—and other drugmakers could follow

June 12, 2019


Insys Therapeutics on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after the drugmaker agreed to pay $225 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to physicians to encourage them to prescribe its highly addictive opioid—and some observers say similar allegations could cause other drugmakers to follow Insys' lead.

'A living nightmare': One nurse's battle against her own addiction to opioids

May 31, 2019


Tiffany Swedeen nearly lost her job as a nurse after she was discovered stealing opioids from her hospital, but now, years after going through recovery, she is back at work—and hoping to serve as an example for other health care professionals dealing with substance use disorders.

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