Tag Archives: Crisis

The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

There are the Sacklers, the family that controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. There are the doctors who ran pill mills, and the rogue pharmacists who churned out opioid orders by the thousands. But the daunting financial muscle that has driven the spread of prescription opioids in the United States comes from the distributors… Read More »

Crippling crisis Australia is ignoring

Australia is facing a drug addiction crisis that’s hiding in plain sight, with 750,000 people already hooked on substances that are deadlier than heroin and which snare 50,000 new victims each year. The number of powerful opioid medications prescribed by doctors has boomed in recent years and so too have deaths from the legally available… Read More »

Here is why white folks are fueling the opioid crisis, study says

The opioid crisis is at the center of a national disparity in how the public views and responds to drug addiction, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The health care community funnels too many drugs to low-income white patients, triggering addiction, while people of color who… Read More »