The average American life expectancy grew overall from 2000 to 2015, but that the astounding rise in opioid-related deaths shaved 2.5 months off this improvement.
That fact is deeply upsetting, but the opioid crisis won't end until we acknowledge it and change our ways.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.
Citing the opioid epidemic, Gov. Christie announces plan for pharma companies to partner with the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive treatments.
People who are prescribed opioids for chronic, often agonizing pain, say they are treated like drug abusers even by closest family and friends.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway held a listening session at an addiction-treatment center in Media, announcing $140 million in grants for treatment and defending the Trump administration's approach to the opioid crisis.
In Philadelphia, a city at the heart of the opioid epidemic, both District Attorney candidates say they want discussions on opening a safe injection site.
The senator cites "disturbing" stories in the Inquirer and Daily News as the basis for requesting an investigation.
Public officials from police chiefs to the president decided incarceration was the answer to the drug-related violence that held communities hostage in the 1990s.
Sen. McCaskill held a hearing on the marketing of opioids.
Audio of call that led to approval of Insys Therapeutics' Subsys brand of is a focus of Senate report - and Tuesday's hearing.
Just 10 percent of health-care providers were part of network plans in any given market.
The opioid crisis ravaging the nation has fueled its explosive growth. The Willow Grove-based lab has become the dominant player in the realm of forensic toxicology. The number of tests NMS performs has rocketed by 50 percent in four years.