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The pharmaceutical industry is looking to bring more non-opioid pain medications into market.

‘The pain takes over and it’s torture’: Inside the search for new ways to treat pain as America fights against opioid addiction

Many chronic-pain patients are treated like addicts when they seek out opioid prescriptions as their best option. Can new types of non-opioid pain medications ease some of the pressure they feel over seeking pain relief?

Doctors are calling out a new drug that helps people with addiction for costing more than $1,700 a week — while a generic costs just $1

Two months after it became the first federally approved drug of its kind to treat addiction, doctors are calling out Lucemyra, a new branded medication to treat opioid withdrawal, for costing $1,737 more per week than a similar generic drug.
A bottle of prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. sit on a counter at a local pharmacy in Provo

A bombshell New York Times report says that Purdue Pharma knew OxyContin was being abused within the first few years after it launched

Soon after appearing on the market, OxyContin, an opioid produced by Purdue Pharma, started to be widely abused in the underground drug culture scene. A confidential Justice Department report revealed that the company knew about this activity and elected to conceal that information.
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.

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.

A mysterious ‘supplement’ with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading

The CDC reported that the opioid kratom has been tied to 87 cases of salmonella, a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water.

A deadly drug epidemic sweeping the US has caused ER visits for overdoses to jump 30%

Every year, thousands of patients receive a prescription for drugs ranging from morphine to fentanyl — and every year thousands of people die from an overdose.
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A 24-year-old Trump appointee who held a top drug policy job despite having no relevant experience quit after an investigation into his credentials

A top Trump appointee will step down after the Washington Post revealed the 24-year-old's lack of experience and misrepresentations on his resume.
A soldier shows the lancing of a poppy bulb to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Guerrero, Mexico, April 18, 2017.

Mexican heroin is flooding the US, and the Sinaloa cartel is steering the flow

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, despite internal turmoil and outside competition, has expanded its involvement in the heroin trade, feeding the US's opioid epidemic.

Heroin is driving a sinister trend in Afghanistan

Afghanistan continues to be the world's biggest producer of opium, and it's changing out the Taliban operates.