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December 31, 2020, 4:06 PM

Mexico fentanyl seizures soar by almost 500% in 2020

The Mexican army says fentanyl seizures increased by 486% in 2020
December 31, 2020, 4:06 PM
December 23, 2020, 1:26 PM

Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid crisis

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced it is suing Walmart.
December 23, 2020, 1:26 PM
Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid crisis
1 month ago

Purdue Pharma Sacklers face 1st public hearing on role in opioid crisis

A member of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, expressed "sadness" over the nation's opioid epidemic during a congressional hearing Thursday.
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Purdue Pharma Sacklers face 1st public hearing on role in opioid crisis
1 month ago

Family members who own Purdue to appear before Congress

Two members of the Sackler family have agreed to make a rare public appearance to take questions from a congressional committee that is investigating the role of the company they own, Purdue Pharma, in fueling the nation's opioid epidemic
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Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s fentanyl pipeline

In an episode of her new National Geographic series “Trafficked,” Mariana van Zeller follows the cartel as it sources materials for fentanyl, makes the deadly drug and traffics it into the U.S.
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Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s fentanyl pipeline
2 months ago

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, pleads guilty to charges related to nation's opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma is expected to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges Tuesday.
2 months ago
Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to charges related to nation's opioid crisis
2 months ago

Judge approves OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma's settlement over 'multiple serious felonies'

Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, is seeking bankruptcy court approval regarding a settlement with the DOJ that includes a guilty plea and $8 billion in penalties.
2 months ago
Judge approves Purdue Pharma's settlement over 'multiple serious felonies'
3 months ago

DOJ makes $8B settlement with Purdue Pharma, OxyContin manufacturer, for role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department is expected to announce on Wednesday a settlement of civil and criminal charges.
3 months ago
DOJ makes $8B settlement with OxyContin manufacturer for role in opioid crisis
3 months ago

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race
3 months ago
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
4 months ago

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against the other big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower
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4 months ago

ABC News Live Update: Brain surgery could curb opioid addiction

Plus, New York City’s mayor delays in-person learning for the second time, and the fires out West have burned at least 3.4 million acres.
4 months ago
ABC News Live Update: Brain surgery could curb opioid addiction
4 months ago

Brain surgery may combat opioid addiction

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, via pacemaker technology may help those battling the addiction, which kills 128 Americans every day.
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Brain surgery may combat opioid addiction
4 months ago

Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says

Nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized by the government.
4 months ago
Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says
4 months ago

Deadly opioid 'ISO' implicated in at least 19 overdoses in US after China bans fentanyl

Experts are concerned ISO might be the newest dangerous illegal opioid claiming lives.
4 months ago
Deadly opioid 'ISO' implicated in at least 19 overdoses
5 months ago

States says opioid crisis has cost them $630B since 2007

U.S. state and territorial governments say the opioid crisis has cost them $630 billion since 2007 and that the cost could balloon to more than $2 trillion over the next two decades
5 months ago
Opioid crisis has cost $630B since 2007, state says
10 months ago

Video shows opioid-addicted woman ask for medical attention before her death

Madelyn Linsenmeir, 30, died in police custody.
10 months ago
Video shows opioid-addicted woman ask for medical attention before her death
10 months ago

Family of opioid-addicted suspect sues police over her death

The family of a Vermont woman whose obituary gained national attention for its discussion about her opioid addiction has filed a lawsuit accusing police and jail staff of denying her proper medical care and causing her death
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1 year ago

Opioid crisis may be worse than thought

A new study has discovered that an under-reporting of opioid-related deaths shows that the problem may be worse than previously thought.
1 year ago
Opioid crisis may be worse than thought
1 year ago

The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight

A substantial share of the documentation on fatal drug overdoses may be missing information on the specific drug that caused the overdose
1 year ago
The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight
1 year ago

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

Lawyers for some state and local governments say the deal being offered by companies in a sweeping national settlement over the toll of opioids isn't enough
1 year ago
Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it
1 year ago

Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says

Franklin County experienced 10 overdose deaths on one day.
1 year ago
Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says
1 year ago

Parents of college student who died after taking fentanyl want to shed light on 'ugly subject'

The parents of a college senior who took fentanyl hope to bring a conversation to the dark subject.
1 year ago
Parents whose child died after taking fentanyl want to shed light on 'ugly subject'
1 year ago

21-year-old dies after taking Xanax laced with fentanyl

Madeline Globe took what she believed was anti-anxiety medication and never woke up.
1 year ago
21-year-old dies after taking Xanax laced with fentanyl
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Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young

Individuals aged 15 to 24 years have experienced a decline in treatment from a lifesaving medication.
1 year ago
Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young
1 year ago

These insurance companies pledged $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis

A coalition of health insurers pledged a $55 million investment to help manufacture generic prescription drugs at lower prices Thursday.
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Insurers pledge $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis
1 year ago

Drugmaker head sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis: Part 2

John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 for his role in a scheme to coax doctors to prescribe the fentanyl spray SUBSYS.
1 year ago
Drugmaker head sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis: Part 2
1 year ago

How prosecutors say drugmaker carried out scheme to sell powerful opioid: Part 1

A war veteran who says his SUBSYS painkiller prescription brought him close to death, a whistleblower and a woman’s family were all on a crusade to hold the drug company Insys' executives accountable.
1 year ago
How prosecutors say drugmaker carried out scheme to sell powerful opioid: Part 1
1 year ago

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

The nation's drug addiction crisis has morphed in a deadly new direction with more Americans hooked on meth and cocaine
1 year ago
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Insys Therapeutics executive sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying about opioid addiction

Michael Gurry was the former vice president of the opioid manufacturer.
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Opioid exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison
1 year ago

Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker

The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers
1 year ago
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Washington state sues Johnson & Johnson over opioid crisis

Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction
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Company sued for 'deceptive marketing' amid opioid crisis
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Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Companies don’t make money selling cheap morphine to the poor and dying.
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Making morphine saved this country from US-style opioids crisis
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Caring for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic has claimed almost 400,000 lives and ravaged communities.
1 year ago
Caring for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis
1 year ago

Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process

Candidates campaign in Iowa with less than two months before the caucuses.
1 year ago
Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process
1 year ago

Tennessee doctor pleads guilty to overprescribing opioids

A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine
1 year ago
Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids
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Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US

Although life expectancy in the U.S. increased by almost 10 years between 1959 and 2016, to 78.9 years from 69.9 years, that progress began to slow down in the 1980s and plateaued in 2011.
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Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
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'Deaths of despair': Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US

Life expectancy in the U.S. has been dropping for three years now.
1 year ago
Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
1 year ago

Opioid more deadly than fentanyl found in Seattle

Carfentanil, first detected in March, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, according to the DEA.
1 year ago
Opioid more deadly than fentanyl found in Seattle
1 year ago

New surgery to curb opioid crisis

A patient who underwent brain surgery to stop an opioid addiction shares his experience.
1 year ago
New surgery to curb opioid crisis
1 year ago

White House unveils new website to combat opioid crisis and treat the 'whole person' said Kellyanne Conway

The White House unveiled on Wednesday Findtreatment.gov, a website aimed at helping Americans locate substance abuse treatment more easily.
1 year ago
White House unveils new website to combat opioid addiction epidemic
1 year ago

Large fentanyl seizure called 'weapon of mass destruction' by Ohio attorney general

Over 40 pounds of fentanyl was seized in an Ohio drug bust that officials are saying amounts to "chemical warfare."
1 year ago
Massive fentanyl seizure 'enough to kill everyone' in the state, officials say
1 year ago

'It’s an overdose crisis': Mac Miller's death investigation highlights a dangerous trend in the opioid epidemic

Investigators announced charges against three men in the overdose death of Mac Miller, alleging they distributed counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl.
1 year ago
Mac Miller's overdose death highlights a dangerous trend in the opioid epidemic
1 year ago

Meth, not fentanyl, driving overdose deaths in western US

In the majority of states west of the Mississippi River, methamphetamine was the most common drug implicated in drug overdose deaths, according to a government report.
1 year ago
Meth, not fentanyl, driving overdose deaths in western US
1 year ago

4 companies agree to $260M opioid settlement in Ohio

The three drug distributors and one manufacturer settled claims in two counties hours before a federal trial was set to begin in Cleveland.
1 year ago
4 companies agree to $260M opioid settlement in Ohio
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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the toll of opioids, averting the first federal trial on the crisis
1 year ago
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit
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Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial in Ohio

Major drug companies reached a tentative settlement for their involvement in the opioid crisis just hours before the case was set to go to trial.
1 year ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial
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Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement

Hours before a landmark opioid trial was set to start in an Ohio courthouse, major drug distributors and manufacturer agreed to a tentative settlement.
1 year ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement
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Opioid trial reaches settlement

Four out of the five companies involved in the federal opioid trial in Ohio have reached a $260 million settlement.
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Opioid trial reaches settlement
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Federal opioid trial begins Monday

State and local governments are taking on the makers and distributors of highly addictive painkillers in Cleveland.
1 year ago
Federal opioid trial begins Monday
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Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

More than 2,000 suits seek to hold drug makers accountable for opioid crisis.
1 year ago