Countering The Opioid Crisis

Every year, we lose more people to opioid addiction deaths than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. Between 1991 and 2011, painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. tripled from 76 million to 219 million per year, and as of 2016 more than 289 million prescriptions were written for opioid drugs annually. 

Our Reporting On The Opioid Crisis

MA City Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts filed a lawsuit on July 30 against opioid manufacturers and distributors The lawsuit seeks to “hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the substantial damages the City has suffered, and will continue to suffer as Read More …

Massachusetts: Construction Workers 6X More Likely to Die from Opioid Related Deaths

The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has found that individuals with “dangerous” jobs were more likely to die from opioid-related overdoses. The overdoses are linked to prescriptions meant to treat work-related injuries and affect Read More …

Woman Believed to be Overdosing Gives Birth in Burger King Toilet

Earlier this month, a woman believed to have been overdosing on heroin gave birth to her baby in a Burger King bathroom in Chillicothe, OH, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. Police officers found Elizabeth D. Sanders sitting on the toilet Read More …

Opioid Prescriptions Increased After DEA Placed Restrictions on Them

The amount of post-surgery opioids in prescriptions actually increased after the DEA placed restrictions on the distribution of the drug, hydrocodone, according to the Washington Times. After the DEA classified hydrocodone as a more restrictive “Schedule II” drug in 2014, researchers Read More …

CLONE Cincinnati Sees 1,000 Percent Increase in Synthetic Opioid Deaths

Over the past five years, Hamilton, County, OH has seen a 1,000 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioid use, according to a report by WCPO. Dr. Jennifer Mooney with the Cincinnati Health Department said that street drugs, such as cocaine, are Read More ...

Cincinnati Sees 1,000 Percent Increase in Synthetic Opioid Deaths

Over the past five years, Hamilton, County, OH has seen a 1,000 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioid use, according to a report by WCPO. Dr. Jennifer Mooney with the Cincinnati Health Department said that street drugs, such as cocaine, are Read More ...

Record Murder Rate in Mexico for First Half of 2018

Mexico’s murder rate is the highest on record, according to the Associated Press, and increased by 16 percent for the first half of 2018. The Interior Department announced there were 15,973 homicides in the first half of this year; up from Read More ...

Overdose Spike in Philadelphia Possibly Linked to “Holy Death” Heroin Batch

Over the span of two days, more than 100 people in the Philadelphia, PA area overdosed, according to NBC Philadelphia. The overdoses occurred between Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21and may be the result of a batch of heroine known Read More ...