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Hollywood stars, like Glee’s Cory Monteith, aren’t the only Americans struggling with addiction that kills. Monteith, who died of a heroin and alcohol overdose earlier this month, exemplifies the public health tragedy that is opioid overdose deaths in America.

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How one Canadian province has successfully implemented prescription drug tracking and reduced the number of inappropriate prescriptions.

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Guest blogger Dr. Steven Passik says the idea of one pain therapy working for most people is simply absurd. So why does our healthcare system seem to demand it?

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At the center of one of the great medical controversies of our time, the mishmash around pain medication and addiction to prescription drugs has caused alarm in law enforcement and the public.  But the realities of patients who have chronic pain problems, chronic addiction problems, or both, are not

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The American Journal of Bioethics has published what has to be one of the longest corrections ever for an academic journal. And yet it manages to beg more questions than it answers.

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The media and researchers alike often cite that pain affects 75-150 million Americans. Taken in isolation, it could be true. Haven’t we all been affected by pain? But these stats are being used to define the “phenomenon of chronic pain,” not just any pain at any time. So, are 150 million Americans –

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Numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals about pain as well as media coverage of pain begin with the premise that far more people suffer from pain than are adequately treated for it. This broad trend may be true, but the specific numbers sometimes used to justify this assertion merit more scrutin

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More governors to refuse Medicaid expansion under Obamacare; evidence that Medicaid improves health; problems with methadone and more from our Daily Briefing.

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How many times do you see pain patients who aren’t addicted represented in stories about prescription painkillers? Maia Szalavitz weighs in.

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The American Pain Foundation – an industry-funded promoter of painkillers - closed its doors last week amid a federal inquiry. Here's how some top-notch journalists helped make it happen.



U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

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