Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio
September 25, 2016

Heroin isn’t new in Cincinnati, but the recent surge in overdoses is being blamed on an even more potent drug called carfentanil. It’s 100 times stronger than fentanyl, a more common synthetic opioid that is itself much stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is used to sedate elephants. It can be dangerous to even touch it without gloves.



Maryland Switches Opioid Treatments, And Some Patients Cry Foul
July 19, 2016

Maryland’s Medicaid program removed Suboxone film — a drug that can be used by people addicted to opioids to keep their cravings at bay — from the state’s list of preferred drugs and replaced it with a tablet form of the medication called Zubsolv.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome

Tiny Opioid Patients Need Help Easing Into Life
March 27, 2016

Lexi, 2 weeks old, is experiencing symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Her mother took methadone to wean herself from heroin when she got pregnant, just as doctors advised. But now the hospital team has to wean newborn Lexi from the methadone.

As rates of opioid addiction have continued to climb in the U.S., the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome has gone up, too — by five-fold from 2000 to 2012, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.


Addiction as a health issue

Heroin Claims Two Sons In One Massachusetts Family
September 8, 2015

… a movement to treat addiction as a health issue, and not a moral failure.

Kevin: “You know even my older brother, Patrick, even up until recently, he was sober for what would have been a year last week, and he still thought, towards the end, he got cocky. He got too confident that he could do it himself.”

Life with methadone

Drug addict Martin Jensen used to hide in elevators and stairwells when he smoked heroin. Now, he’s on methadone

Heroin in America: Life with Methadone
February 26, 2004

Two friends in northern New York drive long distances to receive methadone treatment. Because methadone clinics are rare, especially in rural areas, many recovering heroin addicts are forced to commute hours each day just to get their medicine.

harm reduction

Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers

Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers
July 02, 2014

Two California counties and the city of Chicago, hard hit by OxyContin addiction, are suing the drug’s manufacturers.
Reporter Emily Green says they’re charging that the drug-makers have contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Addiction to painkillers is a national epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chou says Santa Clara County is spending millions of dollars in its public hospitals to treat patients suffering from addiction and overdoses. It’s also seen a rise in crime. And he wants the drug companies to pay, like the tobacco companies did in the 1990s after they were sued.
The lawsuits filed by Santa Clara and Orange counties as well as Chicago accuse the pharmaceutical manufactures of purposefully downplaying the risks of painkillers.
Chou says the companies secretly funded what look like mutual advocacy organizations like the American Pain Foundation to promote the drugs.

Teen Abuse of Painkiller OxyContin on the Rise
December 19, 2005