opioid pills piled up

From pills to fentanyl

As of 2018, the U.S. opioid epidemic has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Yet the faces of some victims remain hidden.

opioid pills piled up

‘Sell Baby Sell!’

New details about the marketing campaigns used to persuade the medical community that addiction was rare and patients were suffering needlessly.

MaryBeth Moore Zocco and son Ryan

Her son died of an overdose. Now she sends hundreds of cards to parents like her, hoping to ease the stigma.

MaryBeth Moore Zocco used to send her son, Ryan Moore, care packages. Last December, days before Moore, 25, died from an overdose, his mom mailed him a box with fun winter-themed items: hot chocolate ingredients, an ornament and a red plush blanket. Moore, who struggled with addiction on and off for at least seven years, …

The pharmacy, the pills and the crisis

Walgreens dominated the nation’s retail opioid market from 2006 through 2012, buying about 13 billion pills — 3 billion more than its closest competitor.

Federal courthouse in Ohio

The Opioids Deal

Inside the plaintiffs’ war room, bleary-eyed, caffeinated lawyers worked on what would be one of the most important cases of their careers — the first bellwether trial in the national opioid litigation against the country’s biggest drug companies.

Nurses in emergency room

Trend in health workers falling victim to opioids

It’s been more than a year since Iyisha Keller was found unconscious in a bathroom at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Clements hospital in Dallas, a syringe labeled fentanyl in her arm. Keller, 36, had been working in the neonatal intensive care unit. She was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Ambulance with lights on

States take on Big Pharma

Nearly 250,000 people died because of opioid overdoses between 2010 and 2017. IRW and the Washington Post reported in May that the Trump administration has failed to allocate sufficient funds to fight the epidemic and has left crucial drug enforcement posts unfilled, despite declaring opioid addiction a public health emergency in 2017. While the federal …