America's Opioid Epidemic
Searching for solutions to the nation's opioid epidemic.
Getting A Fix: Tackling New Synthetic DrugsBy Karen Rodriguez | September 18, 2017
Since early 2010, the DEA's Special Testing and Research Laboratory has identified over 400 new psychoactive substances.
Getting A Fix: Mapping Drug OverdosesBy Karen Rodriguez | September 11, 2017
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, or ODMAP, helps first responders collect drug overdose data in real time.
Opioids Provide Another Clue As To Why Men Are Working Less In USBy Ethan Weston | September 8, 2017
The opioid epidemic might help explain one of modern economists' big questions: Why are men working less than they used to?
Getting A Fix: Preventing Opioid AddictionBy Karen Rodriguez | September 5, 2017
Amid the rise in patients addicted to opioid prescription painkillers, doctors are turning to other ways to treat pain.
Some Doctors Are Trying To Change Easy Access To OpioidsBy Cristina Mutchler | August 22, 2017
The rise of the opioid crisis is complicated, but doctors and hospitals trying to keep patients happy were a big factor. Some hope that's changing.
What Heroin Addiction Is Really Like, As Told By A Former UserBy Newsy Staff | August 17, 2017
Taylor Smith explains what being addicted to heroin is like and why she thinks those who suffer shouldn't keep quiet.
Trump Promises State Of Emergency On Opioid CrisisBy Matt Picht | August 10, 2017
President Trump told reporters he's drafting an emergency declaration to deal with the national opioid overdose epidemic.
Sessions Creates Unit To Go After Doctors, Pharmacies Pushing OpioidsBy Jake Jones | August 2, 2017
The new unit, which Sessions called a "data analytics program," will "identify and prosecute" those who are "contributing to this opioid epidemic."
White House Opioid Panel Wants Trump To Declare A National EmergencyBy Briana Koeneman | August 1, 2017
The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis says the nation's opioid epidemic should be deemed a national emergency.
Moving The Needle: Saving Lives In The Heroin CrisisBy Zach Toombs | July 25, 2017
Our special report digs into syringe exchanges, supervised injection and new ways America is fighting to save lives from heroin addiction.
US Cities Are Finding Thousands Of Used Needles Discarded In PublicBy Tyler Adkisson | July 21, 2017
Cities across the U.S. are trying to cope with the large number of hypodermic needles left in public places.
CDC Sees Drop In Opioid Prescriptions Since 2010 PeakBy Ethan Weston | July 6, 2017
The CDC says opioid prescription levels are down since 2010, but there's a long way to go to end the opioid epidemic.
Ohio Wants To Hold Drug Companies Responsible For The Opioid EpidemicBy Grant Suneson | May 31, 2017
Ohio's attorney general sued five major drug companies, claiming they misled consumers and worsened the opioid crisis.
Las Vegas Will Soon Have Vending Machines That Dispense Clean NeedlesBy Briana Koeneman | April 18, 2017
Las Vegas will be the first place in the U.S. to have this kind of service for drug users.
One Senator Is Going After Big Pharma Over The Opioid EpidemicBy Lindsey Pulse | March 29, 2017
The Democratic senator from Missouri wants documents from the top five opioid manufacturers.
Prescription Drugs Are Linked To West Virginia's Heroin EpidemicBy Zach Toombs | October 7, 2016
When pill mills shut down in West Virginia, people went elsewhere to feed their drug addictions.
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