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The death rate spiked right after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Depression and anxiety have worsened since the pandemic, which has led to more people using drugs and alcohol.
Opioid use disorder is fueling a rise in youth hepatitis C cases and a stabilization of a long decline in HIV among people who use drugs.
Taking opioids at the same time as benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Ativan, is also associated with overdose.
A recent opinion piece in the Columbia Journalism Review argues that the distinction matters.
Drug and alcohol poisonings, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis may signal a much larger problem across the United States.
More Americans than ever are taking drugs such as Valium and Xanax to help manage their mental health. But too many can be risky business.
A harm reduction advocate on the need for overdose education.
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