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By News Desk
The opioid overdose crisis that killed more than 100,000 Americans in a year is being called one of the most pressing national security and public health challenges facing the U.S. A majority of the overdoses are driven by the potent…
By William Brangham, Laura Santhanam
There were 63 intravenous drug-related HIV cases in Kanawha County from 2019 through May 13 of this year, according to a report from the CDC and West Virginia health officials. The surge was attributed at least in part to the…
By John Raby, Associated Press
According to preliminary data, drug overdoses killed nearly 72,000 Americans in 2019, a record high. Now, it appears that 2020 is on track to be even worse, as the U.S. has witnessed a startling rise in overdoses during the pandemic.
By William Brangham, Mike Fritz
Newly released court documents reveal that the family behind Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, withdrew over $10 billion from the company as the opioid epidemic grew worse. The developments are increasing scrutiny of the Sackler family and…
By Hari Sreenivasan, Sam Weber, Connie Kargbo
Massachusetts is among several states using involuntary commitment to force someone into addiction treatment if they have an alcohol or substance abuse problem and pose a risk of serious harm. But it's the only state to provide that treatment in…
By Sam Weber
Massachusetts is the only state in the country where men who are involuntarily committed for substance abuse treatment can be treated in jails.
By John Yang, Leah Nagy
Nashville’s Thistle Farms is no ordinary business -- it’s a nonprofit staffed by women who have survived addiction, sexual abuse or trafficking. The organization’s two-year program offers participants housing, free therapy and medical care, as well as opportunities to work…
By Max Blau, Stateline
In the Bible Belt, many Southerners who held conservative views often criticized harm reduction as something that encouraged — not ended — the use of drugs. But attitudes have shifted.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will expand access to certain kinds of opioid treatment. Keith Humphreys, former drug policy advisor during the Obama and Bush administrations, and Gary Mendell, the CEO of an addiction recovery nonprofit,…
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