Led by people living in recovery or still facing addiction—along with family members whose loved ones died from overdoses—the movement is becoming increasingly organized.
Jeff Kaufman joined the New York Police Department in 1980 because he wanted to serve his community. He left six years later because the state’s drug laws made that impossible.
Even states hard hit by the abuse epidemic lack a way to specify opioids—or any other drug—as a contributing factor in the removal of children from their homes.
As insurers ask consumers to pay a greater share of their drug costs, it may be cheaper to pay cash than use an insurance card.
Widening legalization of marijuana possession is no help to many convicts. One Louisiana prisoner has been locked up since 2008 because of a $20 deal.
The president's declaration of a public health emergency will expand access to medical services and shift some federal HIV funds to help addicts.
Famously associated with the addiction problem, the city of Portsmouth is fighting back. But some worry that one drug crisis will be replaced with another.
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the epidemic, but the role of insurance companies is under scrutiny too.
Some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurers to favor brand-name products over cheaper versions.
Hospitals and pharmacies are required to discard expired drugs, no matter how costly or vital they are. Meanwhile, the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years.