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America's Opioid Epidemic

Searching for solutions to the nation's opioid epidemic.

Fentanyl Traffickers Could Face More Time Under New Bill

By Cristina Mutchler | March 22, 2018

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

By Jake Jones | March 10, 2018

Current law only allows the death penalty in specific drug-related cases.

President Trump Wants To Crack Down On Drug Dealers And Drugmakers

By Cristina Mutchler | March 1, 2018

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

By Tyler Adkisson | March 1, 2018

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

By Gabrielle Ware | February 11, 2018

Purdue Pharma has cut its sales staff in half.

New Budget Deal Includes Billions In Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis

By Tyler Adkisson | February 9, 2018

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

By Audrey Esther | January 25, 2018

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

By Casey Mendoza | January 20, 2018

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

By Casey Mendoza | January 11, 2018

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

By Chance Seales | December 14, 2017

The annual budget has ballooned to more than $51 billion annually.

Kellyanne Conway Is The White House's New 'Opioid Czar'

By Casey Mendoza | November 29, 2017

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

Full Circle: How One Man Turned His Recovery Into A Business

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

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

By Matt Picht | November 1, 2017

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

By Cristina Mutchler | October 27, 2017

A pharmaceutical company founder was charged with illegally distributing a fentanyl product.

Why The Opioid Crisis Wasn't Declared A National Emergency

By Tyler Adkisson | October 26, 2017

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'

By Ryan Biek, Matt Picht | October 26, 2017

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

By Cristina Mutchler | October 25, 2017

Walgreens says it will stock naloxone in all of its more than 8,000 U.S. locations.

Getting A Fix: Tackling New Synthetic Drugs

By 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 Overdoses

By 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 US

By 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 Addiction

By 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 Opioids

By 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 User

By 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 Crisis

By 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 Opioids

By 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 Emergency

By 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 Crisis

By 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 Public

By 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 Peak

By 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 Epidemic

By 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 Needles

By 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 Epidemic

By 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 Epidemic

By Zach Toombs | October 7, 2016

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

By Zach Toombs | October 7, 2016

Huntington, West Virginia, approaches addiction as a disease to be treated, not just a crime to be punished.

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