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By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
The Biden administration has embraced harm reduction strategies to prevent more people from fatally overdosing. But in order to avoid further catastrophic losses, public health experts say more bold strategies must be pursued.
By Laura Santhanam
The nation’s opioid epidemic has never been deadlier. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention says 100,000 people died of drug overdoses over the last year — a 30 percent increase from the year before and an all-time high. As William…
By William Brangham, Leah Nagy
A key opioids trial — the first to go to federal court — began this week in Ohio. The trial focuses on questions of accountability and responsibility for the opioids crisis, which has been connected directly with the deaths of…
By William Brangham
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.
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…
By Farnoush Amiri, Report for America, Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
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 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,…
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