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What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic

Jul 6, 2018
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The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade. 

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New research finds that fentanyl is far more common than heroin in overdose deaths in Indianapolis and that blacks are particularly affected.

In 2017, nearly half of the people who died from an overdose in Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, had fentanyl in their system. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

California To Drug Users: We'll Pay To Test Your Dope

Feb 6, 2018
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Michael Marquesen first noticed about a year ago that fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid, had hit the streets of Los Angeles. People suddenly started overdosing after they shot up a new white powder that dealers promised would give them a powerful high.


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While drug-related deaths continue to rise throughout Indiana, one county saw a decrease in drug fatalities in 2017.


Two summers ago, we met a woman who went by the name Teacup.

"I'm an active heroin user," she told us. "Thirty-three years as a matter of fact."

Opioids are flowing into Ohio in a way that would be familiar to anyone who’s shopped online: People are placing orders on the internet, and having packages of fentanyl delivered to their doors.

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Federal data suggest illegally manufactured fentanyl, a drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is behind an increase in synthetic opioid deaths.

Rhode Island Gov. Unveils Plan To Reduce Overdose Deaths

May 17, 2016
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The plan, developed by a task force of experts, calls for decreasing the number of overdose deaths by a third in three years. 

In the past few years, deaths from illicit drug overdose have climbed 50 percent in Rhode Island. One major reason: fentanyl, a drug 50 times as potent as heroin that’s being mixed into the heroin supply. Today, Gov. Gina Raimondo unveiled new initiatives to combat the rising number of deaths.

Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

Dec 10, 2015

In a brick plaza next to the Chelsea, Massachusetts city hall, Anthony, a bald but still-youthful man in grey sweats, tells me he spent the previous night in the hospital for what he says was his twelfth overdose.

Anthony and other users of illegal drugs agreed to speak to NPR for this story on the condition that we use only their first names. He blames his overdose on what his dealer told him was a particularly strong bag of heroin laced with the anesthesia drug fentanyl — or something like it.

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