Annual Drug Overdose Count Rises 10% to 72,300

The epidemic appears more deadly than ever. The death toll is more than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or guns. It’s unclear whether the epidemic has reached its peak. Some factors contributing to the rising overdose rate have proved difficult to contain.

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Legal Profession ‘Critical’ to Addressing Opioid Crisis: ABA

A new report by the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division makes nine recommendations and suggests 45 “action items” that it says can advance public health efforts to confront the opioid epidemic. One recommendation calls for promoting policies and laws that support families and caregivers struggling with opioid and substance misuse disorders.

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Medical Cannabis and the Law

An ongoing argument about the differences between ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ marijuana is absorbing Michigan courts and politicians. But the debate turns more on politics than science, and is likely to become irrelevant if voters approve full legalization next November, writes a commentator on drug policy.

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Curbs on Opioid Prescriptions Haven’t Prevented Deaths: Study

The needs of pain sufferers have been “sacrificed” to aggressive policies aimed at curbing the nation’s opioid epidemic, write two medical researchers in a forthcoming study in the Addiction journal. They argue the policies are based on a misreading of experts’ recommendations.