Prescription drugs are effective treatments for opioid addiction. Expanding access won't be easy.

Dec 7, 2022
Right now, only 5% of people battling opioid use disorder have access to the treatments. The Biden Administration wants universal access by 2025.
Methadone — the oldest and most widely used addiction medication — is highly regulated by federal agencies.
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In opioid settlement, Native American tribes prove themselves as a legal force

Feb 3, 2022
The deal marks a shift in how tribes are treated when they seek financial restitution from corporations in the courts.
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West Virginia foster parents say they need more support

Oct 9, 2019
Roughly 5% of the state's babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Families taking them in say they feel unprepared for the task.
A memorial in Huntington, West Virginia, in 2017.
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Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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What tiny Estonia can teach the U.S. about opioids

May 31, 2019
The Baltic nation has reduced opioid-related death rates. But how?
A heroin user reads an alert on fentanyl in New York City.
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How big data can identify doctors who overprescribe opioids and avoid potential costs

Oct 19, 2018
The opioid crisis is estimated to cost $500 billion a year.
Oxycodone pain pills.
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How big data can identify doctors who overprescribe opioids and avoid potential costs

Oct 19, 2018
The opioid crisis is estimated to cost $500 billion a year.
Oxycodone pain pills.
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Lawmakers to grill drug wholesalers over opioid epidemic

May 8, 2018
Prescription drug wholesalers, who sit between pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care providers, are expected to get an earful about their role in the opioid epidemic Tuesday. Executives from five companies will testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

How one sentence helped set off the opioid crisis

Dec 13, 2017
Recently unsealed documents shed light on how the maker of OxyContin seems to have relied more on focus groups than on scientific studies to create an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that helped fuel the national opioid epidemic.
A candlelight vigil recognizing the nation's opioid addiction crisis in Washington, D.C.
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