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February 3, 2023, 12:41 AM

Families sue Snapchat parent company over drug delivery deaths

Families are suing the company behind Snapchat, alleging the social media giant enables drug dealers to sell lethal drugs to children online.
February 3, 2023, 12:41 AM
Families sue Snapchat parent company over drug delivery deaths
February 2, 2023, 12:11 AM

Canadian province decriminalizes drugs to fight overdose deaths

The Canadian province of British Columbia said it's decriminalizing small amounts of some drugs to help combat the number of drug overdose deaths.
February 2, 2023, 12:11 AM
Canadian province decriminalizes drugs to fight overdose deaths
January 30, 2023, 8:08 PM

Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

Access has improved across the U.S. to a rescue drug that reverses opioid overdoses, but advocates say naloxone — commonly known by its brand name Narcan — still isn't getting to everyone who needs it
January 30, 2023, 8:08 PM
Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives
January 26, 2023, 2:46 PM

Social media being used to sell pills laced with fentanyl, reports say

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have sought subpoenas to obtain records from social media companies to trace the sales of pills that users may not know contain fentanyl.
January 26, 2023, 2:46 PM
Social media being used to sell pills laced with fentanyl, reports say
January 19, 2023, 2:34 AM

2 treated for likely fentanyl exposure at Oregon school

Authorities say a student and a deputy were treated at a hospital after they likely were exposed to fentanyl at a western Oregon middle school
January 19, 2023, 2:34 AM
January 18, 2023, 5:49 PM

W.Va. announces $83 million opioid settlement with Walgreens

West Virginia is the U.S. state with the most per capita overdose deaths.
January 18, 2023, 5:49 PM
1 month ago

Ex-doctor convicted of overprescribing opioids to addicted patients

Freeda Flynn was found guilty on eight counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone
1 month ago
Ex-doctor convicted of overprescribing opioids to addicted patients
1 month ago

Man sentenced to record-breaking 20 years in prison in fentanyl death of teenager

A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of a 19-year-old who bought what appeared to be prescription oxycodone pills that actually contained fentanyl.
1 month ago
Man sentenced to record-breaking 20 years in prison in fentanyl death of teenager
1 month ago

New York state seized record amount of fentanyl in 2022: DEA

New York seized 1.9 million fentanyl-laced, fake prescription pills in 2022.
1 month ago
New York seized record amount of fentanyl in 2022: DEA
1 month ago

Opioid legal charge pushes Walgreens to $3.7B fiscal 1Q loss

A huge opioid settlement dragged Walgreens to a $3.7 billion loss in its fiscal first quarter, but the drugstore chain still beat Wall Street forecasts
1 month ago
Opioid legal charge pushes Walgreens to $3.7B fiscal 1Q loss
1 month ago

Oklahoma AG announces 4 new opioid settlements worth $226M

Oklahoma has entered into four new settlements with opioid makers and distributors totaling more than $226 million
1 month ago
Oklahoma AG announces 4 new opioid settlements worth $226M
1 month ago

Justice Department sues pharma distributor AmerisourceBergen over opioid orders

The distributor's actions fueled the opioid epidemic, a civil complaint alleges.
1 month ago
Justice Department sues pharma distributor AmerisourceBergen over opioid orders
2 months ago

DEA seized enough fentanyl to kill every American in 2022

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday said it has seized more than 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl this year.
2 months ago
DEA seized enough fentanyl to kill every American in 2022
2 months ago

CVS, Walgreens finalize $10B in settlements over opioids

CVS and Walgreens have finalized more than $10 billion in settlements of lawsuits nationwide over the toll of the opioids their pharmacies sold
2 months ago
CVS, Walgreens finalize $10B in settlements over opioids
2 months ago

Police find fentanyl in coconuts

Prosecutors in Mexico say police seized 660 pounds of fentanyl pills packed into coconuts. Video shows the coconut husks had been neatly split in half and reassembled.
2 months ago
Police find fentanyl in coconuts
2 months ago

Dad shares warning after 10-month-old treated for possible fentanyl exposure at park

A California dad is speaking out after his 10-month-old son was treated for possible fentanyl exposure after playing at a public park.
2 months ago
Dad shares warning after 10-month-old treated for possible fentanyl exposure at park
2 months ago

Parent says baby barely survived after ingesting fentanyl at California park

The parent of a 10-month-old claimed that the baby ingested fentanyl while playing at Moscone Park in San Francisco.
2 months ago
Parent says baby barely survived after ingesting fentanyl at California park
3 months ago

Walmart offers to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

Walmart has agreed to pay $3.1 billion to settle lawsuits nationwide over the impact of the prescriptions its pharmacies filled for powerful prescription opioid painkillers
3 months ago
Walmart latest pharmacy chain to propose opioid settlement
3 months ago

CDC releases new guidelines for prescribing opioids to include people with short-term pain

The CDC released new guidelines for prescribing opioids Thursday to include people with short-term pain and explicitly advises against abrupt discontinuation of opioids.
3 months ago
CDC issues new guidelines for prescribing opioids to include short-term pain
3 months ago

Teva Pharmaceuticals to pay New York $523 million in major opioid settlement

It is the largest settlement New York has reached with a single opioid defendant.
3 months ago
Teva Pharmaceuticals to pay New York $523 million in major opioid settlement
3 months ago

CVS, Walgreens agree to $10 billion opioid settlement

CVS Health and Walgreens on Wednesday said they had agreed to a settlement totalling about $10 billion in opioid lawsuits against the pharmacy chains.
3 months ago
CVS, Walgreens agree to $10 billion opioid settlement
3 months ago

Teva Pharmaceuticals to pay New York $523 million to settle claims from its role in opioids crisis

Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed Thursday to pay $523 million to New York to settle claims stemming from the company’s role in the opioids crisis.
3 months ago
Company to pay state $523M to settle claims from its role in opioids crisis
3 months ago

CVS, Walgreens announce opioid settlements totaling $10B

CVS and Walgreens have agreed in principle to pay a total of about $10 billion to settle lawsuits over the toll of powerful prescription opioids
3 months ago
CVS Health agrees to $5B settlement of opioid lawsuits
3 months ago

CVS agrees to $5 billion opioid settlement

CVS Health on Wednesday said it had agreed to a $5 billion settlement designed to "substantially resolve" opioid lawsuits against the pharmacy chain.
3 months ago
CVS agrees to $5 billion opioid settlement
3 months ago

America’s fentanyl crisis

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva joins "GMA3" to discuss the recent seizures of illegal fentanyl in candy boxes and what parents need to know ahead of Halloween to keep their kids safe.
3 months ago
America’s fentanyl crisis
4 months ago

California woman charged with murder in deadly fentanyl poisoning

A California woman has been charged with murder for allegedly selling fentanyl-laced pills involved in the death of a Fresno resident in January.
4 months ago
Alleged drug dealer charged with murder in deadly fentanyl poisoning
4 months ago

Widow and mother of late MLB pitcher Tyler Skaggs speak out against fentanyl

The Skaggs family is on a mission to spread awareness of the dangers of fentanyl.
4 months ago
Widow and mother of late MLB pitcher speak out against fentanyl
4 months ago

Officials warn about candy-lookalike 'rainbow' fentanyl ahead of Halloween

The Drug Enforcement Agency has also issued a warning on so-called rainbow fentanyl.
4 months ago
Officials warn about candy-lookalike 'rainbow' fentanyl ahead of Halloween
4 months ago

Hidden Epidemic: US fentanyl crisis worsens

Law enforcement, students and parents present dire warnings as the nation continues to see a rise in fentanyl overdose deaths.
4 months ago
Hidden Epidemic: US fentanyl crisis worsens
4 months ago

Hidden Epidemic: Schools, parents, police scramble as US fentanyl crisis worsens

Law enforcement, students and parents present dire warnings as the nation continues to see a rise in fentanyl overdose deaths.
4 months ago
Fentanyl crisis worsens as overdose deaths increase
4 months ago

DOJ seizes 10 million fake fentanyl-laced pills from May to September this year

From May to September of this year, the Department of Justice has seized an estimated 10 million fentanyl-laced pills, officials said on Tuesday at DEA headquarters.
4 months ago
DOJ seizes 10 million fake fentanyl-laced pills from May to September this year
4 months ago

Hidden Epidemic: Experts discuss the growing fentanyl crisis

Dr. Debra Houry, the Acting Principal Deputy Director of CDC, and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram join Juju Chang in a discussion about the nation's fentanyl crisis.
4 months ago
Hidden Epidemic: Experts discuss the growing fentanyl crisis
4 months ago

DEA warns about fentanyl being sold to kids

Federal officials are sounding the alarm over the dangers of fentanyl pills .
4 months ago
DEA warns about fentanyl being sold to kids
5 months ago

Schools issue fentanyl warnings

School officials and federal authorities are ramping up warnings that children have become targets of fentanyl, including "rainbow fentanyl," a new variety of the drug disguised as candy.
5 months ago
Schools issue fentanyl warnings
5 months ago

Phoenix police seize more than 1 million fentanyl pills

Detectives with the city’s Drug Enforcement Bureau have made the biggest opioid seizure of its kind in Phoenix police history.
5 months ago
Phoenix police seize more than 1 million fentanyl pills
5 months ago

School district to provide all schools with Narcan after fentanyl overdoses

A medicine used to reverse the effects of a fentanyl overdose will be available at all K-12 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
5 months ago
School district to provide all schools with Narcan after fentanyl overdoses
5 months ago

LACDPH to give all K-12 schools naloxone amid opioid overdose increase: District

A medicine used to reverse the effects of overdoses will be available at all K-12 schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District said.
5 months ago
LACDPH to give all K-12 schools naloxone amid opioid overdose increase: District
6 months ago

‘Raising Lazarus’ author on the fight for justice in the opioid crisis

ABC News’ Deirdre Bolton spoke to “Dopesick” author Beth Macy about her new book, “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis.”
6 months ago
‘Raising Lazarus’ author on the fight for justice in the opioid crisis
6 months ago

Judge rules pharmacies must pay $650M to Ohio counties for opioid distribution

A federal judge awarded millions in damages to two Ohio counties, stating that Walmart, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies distributed opioids to customers, causing severe harm to their communities.
6 months ago
Judge rules pharmacies must pay $650M to Ohio counties for opioid distribution
7 months ago

CDC says drug overdose deaths rise among minority groups

A lack of education about lethal drugs and limited access to treatment have exacerbated racial disparities in drug overdoses, according to the health agency.
7 months ago
CDC says drug overdose deaths rise among minority groups
7 months ago

CDC finds significant increase of opioid overdoses among minority groups

The CDC found a significant increase in opioid overdoses among Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals across the country.
7 months ago
CDC finds significant increase of opioid overdoses among minority groups
9 months ago

Did the fentanyl crisis thrive because the US ignored opioid abuse?

One in fourteen Americans are suffering from some form of addiction, according to the CDC.
9 months ago
Did the fentanyl crisis thrive because the US ignored opioid abuse?
9 months ago

Americans suffer deadly fentanyl overdoses in record numbers

Families in Nashville learn the deadly reality of fentanyl after child suffers fatal overdose.
9 months ago
Record number of drug deaths: 'She chose to take a pill, but didn't choose to die'
9 months ago

Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis

America’s illicit drugs are being laced with one of the deadliest opioids ever created, killing in record numbers. ABC News' Bob Woodruff travels to uncover the epidemic of fentanyl poisoning.
9 months ago
Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis
9 months ago

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In the final part of a series, ABC News' Bob Woodruff explores potential solutions to America’s deadly fentanyl crisis, including a visit to the first harm reduction clinic in the country.
9 months ago
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
9 months ago

ABC News' Bob Woodruff talks about new special, 'Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis'

Nearly 108,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
9 months ago
ABC News' Bob Woodruff talks about new special, 'Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis'
9 months ago

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In part four of a series, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff learns how the drug fentanyl, used to treat his near-fatal injury in Iraq, nearly killed one of the Army medics who had helped save his life.
9 months ago
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
9 months ago

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In part three of a series, Bob Woodruff watches a drug seizure at the U.S.-Mexico border, speaks with a convicted drug dealer and one sheriff who is fighting to keep people like him off the streets.
9 months ago
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
9 months ago

Still rocked by opioid crisis, West Virginia now dealing with rise in fentanyl overdoses

West Virginia was ground zero in the opioid crisis and now faces a new phase as fentanyl overdoses in the area are on the rise.
9 months ago
Still rocked by opioid crisis, states now dealing with rise in fentanyl overdoses
9 months ago

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In part two of Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis series, ABC News' Bob Woodruff travels to West Virginia and follows one EMS team overwhelmed by fentanyl overdoses, and doctors who feel responsible.
9 months ago
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis