What tiny Estonia can teach the U.S. about opioids

by Victoria Craig and Szu Ping Chan 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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Drug summit looks at ways to prevent overdose deaths

by Susanna Capelouto Apr 23, 2019
President Trump expected to address the summit Wednesday.
Oxycodone pills prescribed for a patient lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. 
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The opioid epidemic in 5 charts

by Tony Wagner Apr 9, 2019
Putting the numbers in broader context.
Dr. Gurcharan Kanwal lost his medical license after an investigation by the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force found that he was running a "pill mill," or distributing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, out of this building in Coeburn, Virginia.
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Opioids made it impossible to run his family business, so he became an undercover cop

by Caitlin Esch Apr 3, 2019
Bucky Culbertson's career has followed the booms and busts of Wise County, up to his current job fighting the opioid epidemic.
Bucky Culbertson in his office, January 2019.
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In the midst of a massive opioid crisis, hospitals are experiencing an opioid shortage

by Aaron Schachter May 14, 2018
Drug shortages are nothing new in U.S. hospitals.
Illustration by Emily Judem/WGBH News. Photos courtesy of Benjamin Pennell and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lawmakers to grill drug wholesalers over opioid epidemic

by Dan Gorenstein 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…

Trump plans to fight opioid epidemic online, in ads

by Dan Gorenstein Mar 19, 2018
Congressional hearings on more than a dozen opioid bills start on Wednesday. Today President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to tackle the epidemic … including a multimillion dollar media blitz that he promises will keep kids from getting hooked on…

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How one sentence helped set off the opioid crisis

by Caitlin Esch 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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How "60 Minutes" stays relevant after 50 years

by Adriene Hill Oct 23, 2017
Executive producer Jeff Fager talks about his book on the history of the show.
Members of television's “60 Minutes” celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. From left are: Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Leslie Stahl and executive producer Don Hewitt.

Anesthesia providers turn to opioid alternatives during surgery

by Aaron Schrank Sep 11, 2017
Easing opioids out of the operating room is one tactic for fighting the opioid abuse epidemic.
An anesthesiologist looks at equipment.
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