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Experts Say The Response To The Opioid Epidemic Is Overlooking Women1:54
July 6, 2018
By Lindsey Theis

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 Takedown0:50
June 28, 2018
By Briana Koeneman

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 Toll0:53
June 27, 2018
By Jake Jones

'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 Online0:48
June 27, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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?2:51
June 26, 2018
By Kellan Howell

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 Cuts1:29
June 21, 2018
By Bianca Facchinei

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 Lawsuit0:41
June 14, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Lawsuit0:37
June 12, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Abuse0:34
June 7, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 OxyContin0:45
May 16, 2018
By Ethan Weston

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 Epidemic2:00
May 7, 2018
By Bianca Facchinei

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 Sites1:16
May 4, 2018
By Tyler Emery

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?2:19
April 19, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

'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 Epidemic0:41
April 10, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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?1:59
April 9, 2018
By Cat Sandoval

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 Drug0:52
April 5, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Bill0:53
March 22, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Dealers0:32
March 10, 2018
By Jake Jones

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 Drugmakers0:46
March 1, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Crisis1:22
March 1, 2018
By Tyler Adkisson

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 Anymore0:38
February 11, 2018
By Gabrielle Ware

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 Crisis1:19
February 9, 2018
By Tyler Adkisson

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 Easy1:12
January 25, 2018
By Audrey Esther

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 Crisis1:03
January 20, 2018
By Casey Mendoza

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 Rates0:43
January 11, 2018
By Casey Mendoza

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 Drugs2:48
December 14, 2017
By Chance Seales

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'1:27
November 29, 2017
By Casey Mendoza

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 Business5:19
November 22, 2017
By Alexandra Miller

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 Crisis0:59
November 1, 2017
By Matt Picht

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 Scheme1:01
October 27, 2017
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Emergency1:37
October 26, 2017
By Tyler Adkisson

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'1:36
October 26, 2017
By Ryan Biek, Matt Picht

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 Nationwide0:50
October 25, 2017
By Cristina Mutchler

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 Drugs4:43
September 18, 2017
By Karen Rodriguez

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 Overdoses2:59
September 11, 2017
By Karen Rodriguez

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 US1:21
September 8, 2017
By Ethan Weston

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 Addiction3:45
September 5, 2017
By Karen Rodriguez

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 Opioids4:25
August 22, 2017
By Cristina Mutchler

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 User7:35
August 17, 2017
By Newsy Staff

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 Crisis1:12
August 10, 2017
By Matt Picht

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 Opioids1:11
August 2, 2017
By Jake Jones

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 Emergency1:02
August 1, 2017
By Briana Koeneman

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 Crisis11:27
July 25, 2017
By Zach Toombs

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 Public1:09
July 21, 2017
By Tyler Adkisson

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 Peak1:09
July 6, 2017
By Ethan Weston

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 Epidemic1:02
May 31, 2017
By Grant Suneson

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 Needles0:49
April 18, 2017
By Briana Koeneman

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 Epidemic0:43
March 29, 2017
By Lindsey Pulse

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 Epidemic1:16
October 7, 2016
By Zach Toombs

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 Epidemic5:06
October 7, 2016
By Zach Toombs

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.