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May 18, 2022, 11:52 PM

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.
May 18, 2022, 11:52 PM
Did the fentanyl crisis thrive because the US ignored opioid abuse?
May 18, 2022, 6:04 PM

Americans suffer deadly fentanyl overdoses in record numbers

Families in Nashville learn the deadly reality of fentanyl after child suffers fatal overdose.
May 18, 2022, 6:04 PM
Record number of drug deaths: 'She chose to take a pill, but didn't choose to die'
May 17, 2022, 3:32 PM

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.
May 17, 2022, 3:32 PM
Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis
May 17, 2022, 3:50 AM

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.
May 17, 2022, 3:50 AM
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
May 16, 2022, 6:18 PM

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.
May 16, 2022, 6:18 PM
ABC News' Bob Woodruff talks about new special, 'Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis'
May 13, 2022, 7:35 PM

Idaho announces $119 million opioid crisis settlement

Idaho officials have announced a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis
May 13, 2022, 7:35 PM
Idaho announces $119 million opioid crisis settlement
May 10, 2022, 3:02 AM

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.
May 10, 2022, 3:02 AM
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
May 5, 2022, 5:52 PM

Walgreens, Florida settle opioid costs lawsuit for $683M

The Walgreens pharmacy chain has reached a $683 million settlement with the state of Florida in a lawsuit accusing the company of improperly dispensing millions of painkillers that contributed to the opioid crisis
May 5, 2022, 5:52 PM
Walgreens, Florida settle opioid costs lawsuit for $683M
May 3, 2022, 8:57 AM

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.
May 3, 2022, 8:57 AM
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
April 27, 2022, 9:26 PM

Lawmakers scrutinize McKinsey's opioid, FDA consulting work

Lawmakers vowed to continue investigating consulting firm McKinsey after a hearing scrutinizing its work for the Food and Drug Administration even as it advised opioid makers on boosting sales
April 27, 2022, 9:26 PM
McKinsey exec faces questions on opioid, FDA consulting work
April 26, 2022, 4:11 PM

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.
April 26, 2022, 4:11 PM
Still rocked by opioid crisis, states now dealing with rise in fentanyl overdoses
April 26, 2022, 6:11 AM

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.
April 26, 2022, 6:11 AM
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
1 month ago

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In part one of a series, ABC News' Bob Woodruff examines how the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is devastating cities across America, and what one city is doing to respond to the epidemic.
1 month ago
Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis
1 month ago

Students work on tackling the opioid crisis

Meet the students working as EMTs who started a nonprofit aimed at reducing opioid overdoses.
1 month ago
Students work on tackling the opioid crisis
1 month ago

Opioid overdose deaths among teens have skyrocketed due to fentanyl

Overdose deaths in adolescents rose far more rapidly than the general population between 2019 and 2021 because of fentanyl, according to a new study of CDC data.
1 month ago
Teen deaths from opioid overdoses are skyrocketing
1 month ago

COVID-19, overdoses pushed US to highest death total ever

2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history.
1 month ago
COVID-19, overdoses pushed US to highest death total ever
1 month ago

Treatment for opioid addiction often brings discrimination

There often is a serious downside for people taking medications that have a long track record of helping treat opioid addiction: discrimination
1 month ago
Treatment for opioid addiction often brings discrimination
1 month ago

Fentanyl overdose survivor tells her story: 'I was a lucky one. I gotta make it worth it'

Last September, Ryan Christoff found his then 16-year-old daughter barely breathing.
1 month ago
Fentanyl overdose survivor tells her story: 'I was a lucky one'
2 months ago

Watchdog urged to probe McKinsey over work with FDA, opioid manufacturers

Lawmakers are calling for a probe into McKinsey & Company after the consulting giant allegedly skirted conflict-of-interest rules in its work on opioid-related issues.
2 months ago
Watchdog urged to probe McKinsey over work with FDA, opioid manufacturers
2 months ago

Florida secures $860M from CVS, others to settle opioid case

The CVS drug store company and pharmaceutical companies will pay Florida a combined $860 million as part of the settlement of an opioid epidemic case
2 months ago
Florida secures $860M from CVS, others to settle opioid case
2 months ago

'Scum of the earth': Drug victims face Purdue Pharma owners

They unleashed their emotions on the family they blame for the opioid epidemic.
2 months ago
2 months ago

Yale strikes Sackler name from campus amid opioid outrage

Yale University has begun removing the Sackler name from its campus several years after announcing it would no longer accept donations from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
2 months ago
Yale strikes Sackler name from campus amid opioid outrage
2 months ago

What opioid victims told Sacklers when they got the chance

A hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court has given survivors of opioid addiction and people who lost loved ones to the crisis the chance to confront members of the family behind OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
2 months ago
Opioid victims get long-awaited chance to confront Sacklers
2 months ago

Opioid crisis victims to confront Purdue Pharma's owners

Victims will confront members of the Sackler family.
2 months ago
Opioid crisis victims to confront Purdue Pharma's owners
2 months ago

Judge favors boosting Sackler payment in Purdue Pharma deal

A judge has indicated he is moving forward with a plan for the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to pump at least another $1.2 billion into a nationwide settlement of lawsuits against over the toll of opioids
2 months ago
OxyContin maker seeks approval for latest settlement plan
3 months ago

Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioid crisis
3 months ago
Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement
3 months ago

J&J, distributors finalize $26B landmark opioid settlement

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors have finalized a nationwide settlement over their role in the opioid addiction crisis
3 months ago
J&J, distributors finalize $26B landmark opioid settlement
3 months ago

No new settlement yet of opioid claims against Purdue Pharma

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and a group of states have not been able to hammer out a new settlement so far as another mediation deadline has passed
3 months ago
3 months ago

CDC proposes softer guidance on opioid prescriptions

The nation’s top public health agency is proposing changing — and in some instances, softening — guidelines for doctors prescribing opioid painkillers
3 months ago
CDC proposes softer guidance on opioid prescriptions
3 months ago

Overdose deaths cost US $1 trillion annually, bipartisan report finds

The drug overdose epidemic in the United States costs the nation roughly $1 trillion a year, according to a new bipartisan congressional report released Tuesday.
3 months ago
Overdose deaths cost US $1 trillion annually, bipartisan report finds
4 months ago

Native American tribes agree to $590M settlement with Johnson & Johnson, drug distributors over opioid epidemic

Tribes were disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic.
4 months ago
Native American tribes settle with Johnson & Johnson, others over opioid epidemic
4 months ago

Sacklers 'close' to deal to contribute additional cash in opioid settlement

An agreement could end a legal challenge for Purdue Pharma.
4 months ago
Sacklers 'close' to deal to contribute additional cash in opioid settlement
4 months ago

100 bags of fentanyl found in bedroom of 13-year-old who died from overdose

Investigators said they are looking for the person who provided over 100 bags of fentanyl to a teen who overdosed and died.
4 months ago
100 bags of fentanyl found in bedroom of 13-year-old who died from overdose
5 months ago

New York jury holds drugmaker Teva liable in opioid crisis

A jury has held Teva Pharmaceuticals responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis
5 months ago
5 months ago

Suits against OxyContin owners on hold; negotiations ordered

A judge has kept lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family who own it on hold until Feb. 1 but ordered the parties to negotiate a new settlement
5 months ago
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San Francisco board OKs mayor's emergency order over opioids

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an emergency order the mayor wants to tackle an opioid epidemic in its troubled Tenderloin district
5 months ago
5 months ago

Oregon, among last holdout states, to join opioid agreement

Oregon is on the verge of signing onto a $26 billion settlement with the three largest distributors of opioids and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson after being one of the latest holdout states to join
5 months ago
5 months ago

Mexico sees seizures of meth, fentanyl soar since 2019

Mexican drug cartels are turning to bigger, more productive labs to churn out increasing quantities of synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl
5 months ago
5 months ago

Judge rejects Purdue Pharma’s sweeping opioid settlement

A federal judge has rejected OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s sweeping deal to settle thousands of lawsuits over the toll of opioids
5 months ago
5 months ago

Metropolitan Museum of Art cuts Sackler name amid opioid ire

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping the Sackler name from seven exhibition spaces amid growing outrage over the role the family may have played in the opioid crisis
5 months ago
6 months ago

Opioid crisis is 'gripping the nation': Hartung

Kaylee Hartung takes a look into the opioid crisis.
6 months ago
Opioid crisis is 'gripping the nation': Hartung
6 months ago

'100,000 lives are being lost' to opioid crisis: Milgram

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram discusses how to combat the opioid epidemic.
6 months ago
'100,000 lives are being lost' to opioid crisis: Milgram
6 months ago

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

States have credible claims that family members took more than $10 billion.
6 months ago
6 months ago

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

A federal jury says CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies didn’t do enough to stop the flow of opioid pills into two Ohio counties
6 months ago
Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis
6 months ago

Overdose deaths hit record high in US

Nearly 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses during the height of the pandemic.
6 months ago
Overdose deaths hit record high in US
6 months ago

Drug overdose deaths hit new high in US during the pandemic

There were more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. during the pandemic.
6 months ago
Drug overdose deaths skyrocket during the pandemic
6 months ago

US overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

Drug overdoses now surpass deaths from car crashes, guns and even flu.
6 months ago
6 months ago

Opioid trial against CVS, Walgreens, Walmart winding down

Cities and counties in the U.S. that want to hold pharmacies accountable for the opioid crisis are closely watching a federal trial that’s coming to a close
6 months ago
6 months ago

Washington seeks over $38 billion from opioid distributors

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has taken the state’s case against the nation’s three biggest drug distributors to trial
6 months ago
6 months ago

Bloomberg pledges $120 million to curb drug overdose deaths

Michael Bloomberg will spend $120 million in an effort to reduce the soaring numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, he announced today at a healthcare summit he organized
6 months ago