The nurse lay in a bathroom stall, a syringe in her hand and track marks on her arm. She died from an overdose of fentanyl, a potent painkiller meant for patients

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Nicole Veum had been sober for nine years when she and her husband, Ben, decided to have a baby. Motherhood was something she wanted to feel. If she needed an epidural during labor, Veum told her doctor, she didn’t want any fentanyl in it. She didn’t want to feel high

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McCance-Katz is setting up a “false dilemma” said Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University. He pointed to evidence that people who use drugs are capable of making decisions to minimize risk to themselves

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A new study shows that fentanyl test strips nudge drug users to take extra precautions

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Heirs of Prince have sued an Illinois hospital and pharmacy chain Walgreens, saying they could have prevented the singer’s 2016 death if they had properly diagnosed and treated his overdose days earlier, a court document showed on Monday

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Richard Friedman writes “Recently, out of curiosity, I typed into Google the terms “synthetic opioid and Chinese pharmacy.” Within minutes, I found a website where I could purchase the synthetic opioid carfentanil. For just $750, I could buy 100 grams of the drug, which would be shipped to me “overnight by discreet courier.””

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Highly accurate strips could unlock a life-saving public health approach to the overdose crisis

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TWO US states are considering using the synthetic painkiller fentanyl as part of the cocktail of drugs used to execute prisoners on death row

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