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The following article chronicles the three waves that characterized the opioid epidemic. Featuring three personal stories remembered by surviving friends and family members, it provides a timeline of how the opioid epidemic evolved from pills to heroin to fentanyl. The article touches on many important points, including how institutions failed to rehabilitate the people who misuse drugs and the role drug companies played in creating the epidemic. Read More
This moving piece features the stories from the Minford, Ohio high school class of 2000. By the time Minford students entered their final year, opioids had permeated almost every aspect of their life. The article is structured as an interactive yearbook where students speak on their experiences around opioids and substance use disorder. Read More
The prison system is no exception to the current opioid crisis. Following a recent "spike" in opioid overdoses and two deaths at San Quentin State Prison, Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing to allocate more than $233 million in the governor's budget towards substance use treatment in prisons over the next two years. In this article, Clinical Lead, Dr. Matt Willis commented, "The value of this goes way beyond prisons," by focusing on treatment, "this will save lives and money." Read more
The first segment in this 60 minutes special delves into the lawsuits that could bankrupt manufacturers and distributors. Mike Moore, the attorney who led the case against the tobacco industry, is now targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors. Click here to watch more.