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

Fatal Drug Overdoses Increase During the Coronavirus Pandemic, according to the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data indicating fatal drug overdoses accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the data, approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths Read More …

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in Federal Case, Admits to Contributing to Opioid Epidemic

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday before a federal court in Newark, New Jersey for promoting opioid prescriptions and lying to customers about the dangers of the highly addictive drugs, according Read More …

Border Patrol agents seize enough fentanyl to kill 200,000 people

Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona discovered and intercepted enough fentanyl, a highly-potent synthetic opioid, to kill 200,000 people, according to a recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. Read More …

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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 Read More ...