Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017.
By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
Researchers are not certain what is causing the increase, but advocates say there are a number of steps people can take to help prevent suicide.
By Gretchen Frazee, Patty Gorena Morales
With the suits, 45 states are now taking legal action against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, asserting that the company downplayed the addiction risks of its powerful prescription drug.
By Anthony Izaguirre, Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
A pharmaceutical company founder accused of bribing doctors across the U.S. to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance.
By Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
By Christine Vestal, Stateline
In an effort to reduce opioid overdoses, a handful of states are requiring doctors to give, or at least offer, a prescription for naloxone to patients taking high doses of opioid painkillers. Naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of…
President Donald Trump said his administration has secured $6 billion in federal dollars over two years to fight opioid abuse, but the epidemic won't be solved overnight. Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017.
By Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press
The indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges former Rochester Drug Co-Operative CEO Laurence Doud III ordered subordinates to ignore red flags about certain pharmacy customers to maximize company revenues and his own pay, which more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 as…
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.
By Tim Talley, Associated Press
The state attorney general's office will continue to pursue allegations that the drugmakers created a public nuisance, which he says is the most important allegation against the drugmakers.
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