The opioid epidemic deserves to get headlines, but the U.S. has two other crises that will cost Americans far more in the long run.
The suit, the first to target company executives, alleges that Purdue Pharma misled doctors and patients about risks and "peddled falsehoods" to sell more drugs and boost profits.
The giant funding package is given final passage by the Senate in a post-midnight vote, 65-32. Some senators are less than pleased by the action.
The president's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law.
The bipartisan measure is loaded with political victories for both sides, including a budget increase for the Pentagon long sought by Republicans and funding for infrastructure, the opioid crisis and a host of domestic programs backed by Democrats.
It's largely a return to the bad old days, with plenty of spending on cops and money to burn for a border wall that will accomplish nothing.
The U.S. Africa Command and Central Command squanders $500 million fighting a drug war in a scandal that catches the essence of what may be the true opioid crisis of 21st-century America.
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.
A fortune derived from the relentless marketing of painkillers is now being used to expand charter schools.