Searching for solutions to the nation's opioid epidemic.
America's Opioid Epidemic
Experts Say The Response To The Opioid Epidemic Is Overlooking Women
Researchers say more should be done to understand how women are affected differently than men by the opioid epidemic.
DOJ Charges 601 People In Major Health Care Fraud Takedown
On Thursday, the DOJ announced charges against 601 individuals, including 165 doctors and other licensed medical professionals.
'Unspecified' Overdoses Could Add To Opioid Epidemic Death Toll
New research suggests the deaths in the opioid epidemic could have been undercounted.
FDA, Big Tech Talk About Cracking Down On Illegal Opioid Sales Online
The FDA says it wants tech giants to step up their approach to curbing illicit opioid sales on digital platforms.
Is Congress Doing Enough To Stop The Real Killer In The Opioid Crisis?
Congress' massive legislative package on opioids may not be enough to combat fentanyl and heroin.
House GOP Targets Opioid Epidemic Amid Proposed Entitlement Cuts
House Republicans are considering dozens of bills aimed at eliminating the opioid crisis a week after proposing budget cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.
Walgreens Is The Target Of A New Opioid-Related Lawsuit
The state of Kentucky is suing Walgreens, alleging it failed to properly monitor opioid shipments and dispensed large amounts of the painkillers.
The Maker Of OxyContin Is The Target Of Yet Another Lawsuit
Another state is suing Purdue Pharma, saying it used deceptive marketing practices to profit from OxyContin sales.
The White House Is Launching Ads To Help Prevent Youth Opioid Abuse
The White House just launched a media initiative to help cut down on opioid abuse in young people.
Six States File Lawsuit Against Maker Of OxyContin
Texas, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and North Dakota accuse the company of helping to fuel the national opioid epidemic.
W.Va. Primary Contenders Diverge On How To Solve The Opioid Epidemic
The Democrats and Republicans running in the West Virginia primary don't agree on how to approach the opioid crisis.
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Pushes For Safe-Injection Sites
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will push to open supervised injection sites for illicit drug users.
'Miracle' Drug Reverses Overdoses, But Does It Fuel Addiction Cycle?
Naloxone reverses some effects of an opioid overdose in just two to five minutes — and some say that might increase opioid use.
Study: Making OxyContin Less Addictive Linked To Heroin Epidemic
Heroin overdose deaths started rising when a popular opioid was reformulated to make it less susceptible to abuse, a new study says.
Naloxone Saves Lives, But Does It Also Enable Opioid Addiction?
Naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan, is an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, but it doesn't cure the addiction to drugs.
US Surgeon General Wants More People To Carry An Anti-Overdose Drug
The U.S. surgeon general recommends people who could be at risk for an opioid overdose or people close to them carry naloxone.
Fentanyl Traffickers Could Face More Time Under New Bill
Lawmakers say they want to make sure the penalties for fentanyl trafficking fit the nature of the crime.
Report: White House Is Looking Into Death Penalty For Drug Dealers
Current law only allows the death penalty in specific drug-related cases.
President Trump Wants To Crack Down On Drug Dealers And Drugmakers
During a White House opioid summit, President Donald Trump announced his administration will roll out an opioid policy "over the next three weeks."
What Rhode Island Can Teach The US About Fighting The Opioid Crisis
Rhode Island is one of a few states that decreased its opioid deaths last year, and public health experts and the government like its strategy.
Opioid Maker Says It Won't Market In Doctors' Offices Anymore
Purdue Pharma has cut its sales staff in half.
New Budget Deal Includes Billions In Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis
The congressional budget includes billions to fight the opioid epidemic, but some policy experts worry it's not enough to stop the problem.
Senators Say Buying And Shipping Opioids In The Mail Is Too Easy
A yearlong Senate subcommittee investigation revealed how easy members say it is to buy and mail opioids.
Trump Administration Renews Emergency Declaration For Opioid Crisis
But the White House hasn't yet announced new funding or resources for the crisis.
In A First, VA Hospitals Release Data On Opiate Prescription Rates
The Department of Veterans Affairs was criticized for how it had handled opioid prescriptions in the past.
The Cost Of America's War On Drugs
The annual budget has ballooned to more than $51 billion annually.
Kellyanne Conway Is The White House's New 'Opioid Czar'
News outlets pointed out that Conway has no formal experience in drug policy, law enforcement or public health.
Full Circle: How One Man Turned His Recovery Into A Business
Drug addiction once controlled Nick Albaugh's life. Now, he's using his unique experience to help others get clean.
The White House Now Has A Plan To Fight The Opioid Crisis
The White House commission on opioids has released its final recommendations for addressing the crisis.
A Pharmaceutical Company Is Accused Of Starting An Opioid Scheme
A pharmaceutical company founder was charged with illegally distributing a fentanyl product.
Why The Opioid Crisis Wasn't Declared A National Emergency
When it comes to declaring emergencies, the type of emergency can determine how much funding the federal government will allocate.
Trump Declares Opioid Crisis A 'Public Health Emergency'
President Trump declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency" — but didn't call it a national emergency.
Walgreens Will Stock Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Nationwide
Walgreens says it will stock naloxone in all of its more than 8,000 U.S. locations.
Getting A Fix: Tackling New Synthetic Drugs
Since early 2010, the DEA's Special Testing and Research Laboratory has identified over 400 new psychoactive substances.
Getting A Fix: Mapping Drug Overdoses
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 US
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 Addiction
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 Opioids
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 User
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 Crisis
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 Opioids
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 Emergency
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 Crisis
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 Public
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 Peak
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 Epidemic
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 Needles
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 Epidemic
The Democratic senator from Missouri wants documents from the top five opioid manufacturers.
Prescription Drugs Are Linked To West Virginia's Heroin Epidemic
When pill mills shut down in West Virginia, people went elsewhere to feed their drug addictions.
There's A New War On Drugs At The Center Of America's Heroin Epidemic
Huntington, West Virginia, approaches addiction as a disease to be treated, not just a crime to be punished.