Overdose deaths could finally be going down

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year.

Doctors, pharmacists push for opioid overdose reversal drug in homes

SEATTLE -- About 130 people a day are dying from opioid overdoses and those numbers are rising, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, even though fewer pain medications are being prescribed overall.Experts believe patients are in pain and sometimes take more medication than they intend, or mix the drug with others.Some doctors are demanding that Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, be available to everybody prescribed opioids and available at home.Dr.

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths up 70 percent from last year in Washington

EVERETT, Wash. – There’s more troubling news surrounding Washington State’s opioid epidemic.State health officials say they are finding more street drugs laced with powerful fentanyl – and it’s ending up killing people who might not even know they’re taking it.“Everyone knows someone whose suffering from substance abuse disorders,” said Dr.

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

QUINCY, Mass. -- The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction.But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will.