Opioids

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‘A deadly combination’: excessive heat adds to Arizona opioid epidemic’s toll
Opioid fatalities – driven by synthetics such as fentanyl – in the state were up 80% last year compared with 2018 and punishing heat is making things worse

Nina Lakhani in Phoenix

24, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Completely devastating’: US passes 1m overdose deaths since records began
2021 was a record year for overdose deaths with an estimated 107,622, CDC says, an increase of 15% from the previous year

Melody Schreiber

11, May, 2022 @2:43 PM

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Ohio judge hears if pharmacy chains should pay for driving opioid crisis
CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Were found to recklessly dispense narcotic painkillers in two Ohio counties, fueling a drug epidemic

Chris McGreal

10, May, 2022 @6:10 PM

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McKinsey denies illegally hiding work for opioid-maker Purdue Pharma while advising FDA
Consulting firm was protecting client confidentiality, chief says, and wasn’t obliged to disclose work advising drug manufacturer

Chris McGreal in Washington

27, Apr, 2022 @6:40 PM

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The woman who turned down her share of a $6bn settlement to fight the family behind the opioid crisis
Ellen Isaacs is intent on holding Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family to account – for the deaths of her son and many thousands of others

Edward Helmore in Floyd, Virginia

10, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Indigenous tribe fighting back against the addiction epidemic
The Lummi Nation, on the US west coast, has faced addiction issues for decades. Now they are utilizing a combination of culturally-based healing and western approaches

Hallie Golden with photographs by Jovelle Tamayo

30, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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British Museum removes Sackler family name from galleries
Museum is latest institution to distance itself from family accused of profiting from US opioids crisis

Mark Brown

25, Mar, 2022 @6:33 PM

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Sacklers confronted by opioid crisis victims and families at virtual hearing
Roughly two dozen gave statements at bankruptcy court hearing attended by Richard, Theresa and David Sackler

Guardian staff and agencies

10, Mar, 2022 @11:17 PM

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Patrick Radden Keefe on exposing the Sackler family’s links to the opioid crisis
The journalist tracked the billionaire arts philanthropists’ role in the OxyContin scandal in his gripping bestseller. He talks about why the bad guys are still getting away with it

Sean O’Hagan

27, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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OxyContin victims fight for their share in Purdue bankruptcy case
The Sacklers want protection from future suits. Victims’ families want them to ‘know what their greed has caused’

Melody Schreiber

27, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Historically tragic’: why are drug overdoses rising among Black and Indigenous Americans?
The staggering increase highlights the shifting dynamics and focus of the opioid crisis, long considered a white, rural issue

Erin McCormick in San Francisco

17, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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US could loosen some restrictions on prescribing opioids
CDC considers rolling back limits on which doses can be prescribed and for how many days in cases of acute pain

Melody Schreiber

15, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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