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Madelyn Linsenmeir and her son, Ayden.

A devastating obituary for a young mom is a powerful reminder of the human toll of opioid addiction

An obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir, who died of opioid addiction, went viral this week. Written by her sister, it detailed how Linsenmeir improved the lives around her, but had her life destroyed by her addiction. The obituary drew renewed attention to the personal toll of the opioid crisis.
Cigna CEO David Cordani speaking at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference on March 28.

Health insurer Cigna is zeroing in on targeted communities in an effort to combat the opioid crisis

One of America's largest health insurers, Cigna, is focusing in on specific communities in its new effort to combat the opioid crisis. This is following its plans for a 25% decrease in the amount of total prescriptions implemented earlier this year.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

The FDA is sounding the alarm on the next group of drugs that could be abused

To get ahead of the latest trends in drug addiction, the Food and Drug Administration sifts through internet forums and online mentions to detect concerning patterns. The agency discovered through this process that drug abuse is shifting from prescription opioids to opioid substitutes.

The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore

Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.

There’s a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works — but it’s nearly impossible to get

The death toll from the opioids epidemic continues to soar, but experts say we already have an evidence-backed solution: medication-assisted treatment.
A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy in Provo

Prescriptions of the drugs that fueled the overdose crisis are dropping around the US

Opioid prescriptions fell about 12% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.
Cigna CEO David Cordani

One of America’s largest health insurers has cut its opioid prescriptions by 25%

Cigna has cut its opioid use among members by 25% since 2016, a year earlier than expected, as part of its efforts to curb the opioid crisis.

WE’VE GOT A DEAL: Congress just released a massive $1.3 trillion plan to avoid a government shutdown

The $1.3 trillion omnibus bill will include funding to combat the opioid crisis, increase border security, protect voting systems, and build new infrastructure.
President Donald Trump

Trump will reportedly unveil a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for some drug dealers according to a new report.
First Lady Melania Trump

Melania Trump gave a rare public speech in which she spoke out about gun violence

First Lady Melania Trump gave a rare public speech on Monday in which she praised the student survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.