In our news wrap Wednesday, the White House announced plans to expand access to at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and said it would double the number of pharmacies providing free testing. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over letting a Guantanamo…
A $200 million account set aside as part of Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case is going unused because attorneys involved in lawsuits against the OxyContin maker can't agree how to spend it.
By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
A historic settlement was announced Wednesday among the Department of Justice, Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family over the drug giant’s role in the national opioid crisis. The CDC estimates roughly 450,000 people died from opioid overdose between…
The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths…
By Farnoush Amiri, Report for America, Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
By Michael Balsamo, Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
Justice Department officials tell The Associated Press that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion.
By Stephanie Sy, Mike Fritz
For many Americans facing addiction, the pandemic has made life significantly harder. Across the country, overdoses have soared, with more than 40 states reporting increases in opioid-related mortality. But the coronavirus is also changing how addiction medicine can be provided,…
States across the country are reporting an increase in opioid-related fatalities. The pandemic means adopting new methods to provide treatment for drugs and alcohol.
By William Brangham, Mike Fritz
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.
The medical community has been working to provide accessible treatment for opioid use disorder to those who are in hard to reach areas. As COVID-19 sweeps across the U.S., telehealth, or the use of videoconferencing, texting and mobile apps, may…
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