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Heroin is a very addictive chemical called diacetylmorphine. Heroin is a modified form of morphine, a highly abundant opium derived from the seedpods of the poppy plant.
Drug overdose deaths reach a record high among pregnant and postpartum women, study reveals

Drug overdose deaths reach a record high among pregnant and postpartum women, study reveals

Addiction treatment proponents urge rural clinicians to pitch in by prescribing medication

Addiction treatment proponents urge rural clinicians to pitch in by prescribing medication

Schools, sheriffs, and syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds

Schools, sheriffs, and syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds

New fentanyl vaccine could prevent deadly opioid from entering the brain

New fentanyl vaccine could prevent deadly opioid from entering the brain

Fentanyl in high school: A Texas community grapples with the reach of the deadly opioid

Fentanyl in high school: A Texas community grapples with the reach of the deadly opioid

Hospitals have been slow to bring on addiction specialists

Hospitals have been slow to bring on addiction specialists

Specific brain circuit initially implicated in animals found to be impaired in people with cocaine or heroin addiction

Specific brain circuit initially implicated in animals found to be impaired in people with cocaine or heroin addiction

Star-shaped brain cells can "turn off" neurons involved in heroin relapse

Star-shaped brain cells can "turn off" neurons involved in heroin relapse

Artificial intelligence tools speed up the process of identifying people who inject drugs

Artificial intelligence tools speed up the process of identifying people who inject drugs

High-quality human clinical trials needed to determine the benefits of CBD for heart disease patients

High-quality human clinical trials needed to determine the benefits of CBD for heart disease patients

A needle exchange project modeled on urban efforts aims to save lives in rural Nevada

A needle exchange project modeled on urban efforts aims to save lives in rural Nevada

Marijuana and hallucinogen use by young adults reached historic highs in 2021

Marijuana and hallucinogen use by young adults reached historic highs in 2021

Methamphetamine use is pervasive and drives overdoses in rural communities across the U.S.

Methamphetamine use is pervasive and drives overdoses in rural communities across the U.S.

‘Still a lot of pain’: Four years after mass shooting, Texas community grapples with fallout

‘Still a lot of pain’: Four years after mass shooting, Texas community grapples with fallout

They call it ‘tranq’ — and it’s making street drugs even more dangerous

They call it ‘tranq’ — and it’s making street drugs even more dangerous

Experts use tools from artificial intelligence to rapidly identify substances that cause overdose deaths

Experts use tools from artificial intelligence to rapidly identify substances that cause overdose deaths

Study highlights the urgency of removing barriers to accessing medications for opioid use disorder

Study highlights the urgency of removing barriers to accessing medications for opioid use disorder

Future wave of opioid-involved overdose deaths will spike in rural and urban areas

Future wave of opioid-involved overdose deaths will spike in rural and urban areas

Study uncovers a new, specific target for developing treatments for cocaine addiction

Study uncovers a new, specific target for developing treatments for cocaine addiction

Data-driven simulation model projects three key strategies that could save many lives from opioid crisis

Data-driven simulation model projects three key strategies that could save many lives from opioid crisis