New data compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Advisory Board Company show a 99.4% increase in opioid-related ED visits between 2005 and 2014. Massachusetts posted the "highest rate of opioid-related ED visits, with 450.2 per 100,000 residents in 2014, while Maryland came in at a...

New York Times -  "In the Bronx, which lost more residents to drug overdoses last year than any other New York City borough, the heroin epidemic has latched on to a vulnerable population." Jose A. Delreal gives inside look at the community's fight against addiction and the "social forces that have left some Bronx residents especially vulnerable: a history of high drug use in the area; a growing supply of cheap heroin on the streets; and the proliferation of a deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl."

"Families across the United States are demanding that more be done to end the despair and devastation of addiction. Here are eight steps to take — now." The New York Times offers timely recommendations to address the opioid epidemic, including thoughts from CleanSlate CMO Dr. Kelly J. Clark on how to combat the stigma around addiction.