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Mapped: Where 76B opioid pills went in the US

July 29, 2019


The United States' largest drug companies distributed 76 billion opioid pain pills throughout the country from 2006 to 2012, and California received the most, according to an analysis by the Washington Post published this month.

Indian Health Services hospitals are putting patients' health at risk, investigators find

July 24, 2019


Major issues at Indian Health Service hospitals have led to unsafe conditions for patients, risky opioid prescribing practices, and information technology vulnerabilities, according to two reports released Monday by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

Weekly Line: Yes, the US is making progress on opioids—but here are 4 reasons it's too soon to celebrate

July 19, 2019


The United States over the past two weeks got some big, positive news regarding the opioid epidemic.

CMS wants to test acupuncture coverage for certain Medicare beneficiaries

July 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

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FDA on Thursday released draft guidance aimed at strengthening the agency's framework for reviewing new opioid drugs by comparing the safety and effectiveness of proposed products to existing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

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