In our news wrap Tuesday, the United States has officially passed 200,000 deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. About two-thirds of the fatalities were over age 65, but young people are driving increased infections in some…
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
America’s opioid crisis has hit New Hampshire hard, creating an epidemic of overdoses and addiction-related health issues in the early primary state.
By Amanda Latimore, The Conversation
Prosecutors say Le used the license numbers of registered pharmacists in order to dispense prescriptions at Walgreens stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. They allegedly included prescriptions for fentanyl, morphine and codeine.
By Associated Press
By William Brangham
Thursday, several executives at Insys Therapeutics were sentenced to prison for a bribery scheme that paid doctors to prescribe the company’s lucrative and addictive painkiller. These sentences are a landmark moment in the push to hold drug makers accountable for…
By Associated Press
The letter comes as OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma goes through bankruptcy and tries to settle 2,700 lawsuits over the opioid crisis…
By David Eggert, Associated Press
The companies each distributed more than 10% of the opioids sent to pharmacies nationwide from 2006 to 2012.
The U.S. opioid epidemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. A reckoning for the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of these drugs has now begun -- but despite several multibillion dollar settlements, some states and municipalities say accountability and transparency…
In our news wrap Wednesday, a major storm dumped heavy snow across the Midwest, disrupting travel on the day before Thanksgiving. As much as a foot fell in some places, delaying flights at Chicago O’Hare, while a separate system slammed…
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