DEA Knowingly Gave Addicts and Drug Dealers Licenses to Prescribe Opioids—Fueling the Epidemic

DEA Knowingly Gave Addicts and Drug Dealers Licenses to Prescribe Opioids—Fueling the Epidemic

As thousands of Americans die each year from opioid overdoses, an independent investigation into the Drug Enforcement Agency’s conduct has found that it has been issuing controlled substance licenses to drug dealers, drug addicts, convicted felons and dead people, which is just one of the many things that have fueled the current crisis. The investigation, […]

A Brief, Blood-Boiling History of the Opioid Epidemic

A Brief, Blood-Boiling History of the Opioid Epidemic

The scale of the overdose epidemic is hard to fathom. In 2016, overdoses claimed 64,000 lives—more than the US military casualties in Vietnam and Iraq combined. The origins of today’s crisis, a perfect storm of potent, easily accessible opioids, trace back to aggressive pharmaceutical marketing and liberal painkiller prescribing in the 1990s and 2000s. Here’s how it […]

The Opioid Epidemic Is Devastating. It’s Also Really Expensive.

The Opioid Epidemic Is Devastating. It’s Also Really Expensive.

The opioid epidemic, which each year claims more lives than the entirety of American deaths in the Vietnam War, is also a growing financial burden. According to a new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the epidemic cost the nation $ 504 billion in 2015—about 2.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic […]