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A peek into opioid users' brains as they try to quit

Government scientists are starting to peek into the brains of people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic, to see if medicines proven to treat addiction, like methadone, do more than ease the cravings and withdrawal.

A peek into opioid users' brains as they try to quit

Government scientists are starting to peek into the brains of people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic, to see if medicines proven to treat addiction, like methadone, do more than ease the cravings and withdrawal.

Drug cop loses daughter to overdose, builds sober living house in her honor

By Jezzamine Wolk

Kevin Simmers locked up drug abusers in western Maryland for years as a narcotics officer for the Hagerstown Police Department. Then, one day, the crisis found a way into his own home.

Senate committee focuses on pain sufferers denied painkillers amid opioid crisis

By Elizabeth Llorente

When Senator Lamar Alexander, who chairs the upper chamber’s health committee, held a hearing about prescription opioids earlier this year, the focus was a critical side of the drug overdose debate that has been neglected – people who suffer chronic debilitating pain.

Colorado signs bill allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of opioids

By David Aaro

Colorado is trying to help limit the opioid crisis by allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana for any condition their patients are being prescribed painkillers for.

Ex-doctor in Texas sentenced to 20 years in prison over opioid deaths

By Frank Miles

Howard Gregg Diamond, a Texas doctor who wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Opioid crisis helps explain rise in cocaine deaths: report

By Frank Miles

Cocaine deaths have been rising in the U.S., health officials said Thursday in their latest report on the nation’s deadliest drug overdose epidemic.

Drug company founder, 4 other former executives guilty in opioid kickback scheme

By Samuel Chamberlain

The founder of Arizona-based drug company Insys Therapeutics and four other former executives were convicted Wednesday of conspiring to pay doctors bribes and kickbacks to boost sales of the highly addictive opioid spray Subsys.

West Virginia hospitals sue opioid companies; want damages

Hospitals in West Virginia have banded together to sue some of the country's largest opioid companies, saying they flooded Appalachia with powerful painkillers and forced medical centers to deal with the financial repercussions.

Two-thirds of Americans blame drug companies for opioid crisis, new poll says

By Frank Miles

About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds.

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