Featured Articles : Opioids

Opioids, like fentanyl and oxycodone, are often prescribed for severe pain and can be highly addictive.
March 16, 2021

NIH study links opioids to pregnancy loss

A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women who use opioids while trying to conceive...

Opioids, Pregnancy
Providing resources to opioid overdose patients in the ER can help reduce the risk of death by overdose or suicide.
November 26, 2020

ER visits for drug overdose may raise risk of later death

People treated in the emergency room (ER) for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose...

Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Opioids, Mental Health, Opioid Overdose

September 12, 2019

New maps feature makes drug disposal easier and safer

If you have unused or expired prescriptions, where should you get rid of them? Look to your phone or other...

Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Opioids
NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is working across NIH to address the opioid crisis.
January 13, 2019

Fighting the opioid crisis: NIH HEAL initiative takes on addiction and pain management

More than 115 Americans die from opioid overdose every day. That's four times higher than the number of opioid overdose...


James M. maintains a drug-free lifestyle with support from UTEC, Inc.
January 13, 2019

Renewal and recovery after opioid dependence

For the past six years, James M. was in and out of jail, courtrooms, detox, and halfway houses. "I started...

January 09, 2019

Healing and haiku: One parent’s experience with addiction and loss

Haiku is a form of poetry that can express complex emotions and ideas in a short and simple form. In...


Barbara Gillmeister and her son Gilly.
January 08, 2019

A safe home for young men struggling with addiction

Barbara Gillmeister knows what it's like to worry about a child with an opioid addiction. "When you have someone...

January 08, 2019

The opioid crisis: An overview

Who is affected? Roughly 2 million people live with an opioid addiction in the U.S. "It's important to note...


Diana Bianchi, M.D., is working with a team to address issues associated with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome
January 07, 2019

Acting now to help newborns with opioid withdrawal

At the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Director Diana Bianchi, M.D., is...

Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., meets with NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., at NIH.
April 17, 2018

Surgeon general outlines opioid plan

This February U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., discussed his priorities...

Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Opioids