Inside a community on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Officer Sean Brinegar arrived at the house first — “People are coming here and dying,” the 911 caller had said — and found a man and a woman panicking. Two people were dead inside, they told him

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As we know by now, history often repeats itself. History, that is, which involves outlandish price hikes by pharmaceutical companies

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A Grim Tally Soars

December 9, 2016

More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids

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As the nation continues to confront an epidemic of opioid and prescription painkiller addiction and overdoses, its victims seem to flood emergency rooms. But a study out Monday highlights a surprising group of patients suffering from opioid poisoning at rates that have also marked a dramatic increase: adolescents, children and even toddlers

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It’s not clear why. Overdose death rates are high in New England, but not the highest in the country. Glazier says the 12 transplant centers in that region may be more aggressive about finding a match for patients with failing hearts, livers or kidneys

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Zac Talbott sees the irony of running an opioid treatment program from a former doctor’s office. “The funny thing is, a lot of patients are like, ‘This is where I first started getting prescribed pain pills,’ ” Talbott said

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Drug addiction is not restricted to the young. Donna Weber, now 53, turned to painkillers after undergoing simple surgery. Then a long, tortured path to divorce made her anxious and depressed. Soon, she found herself on a candy-colored pill roller coaster

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Lessons learned from the crack epidemic

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