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January 30, 2019 - My lost

Will BIG Pharma be held accountable for opioid epidemic?

 The nation’s opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency in 2017 and received new funding this past October. But rampant addiction led to some 40,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. last year, and 2019 could see the culmination of a flood of ensuing lawsuits seeking accountability.  Check out this great video

Ottawa family shares story of teen's overdose death

A heartbreaking story of the Russell family, after aspiring figure skater and top student died from an overdose just before New Year’s Eve.  

Drug Felon to Fitness Trainer

Doug Bopst used to be addicted to opiates. But while serving time in jail for a felony drug charge, he got sober and today is a fitness trainer helping others in recovery near Baltimore, Maryland.

The heroin epidemic: A family left to grieve

David McCarthy was rebuilding his life when he died of a heroin overdose. The Washington Post speaks to McCarthy's family and friends about his addiction and untimely death at 29.

5 things to know about fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is quickly becoming a major contributor to the U.S. addiction crisis. Here are the top things to know about the drug.

Prince suddenly dies at Paisley Park from fentanyl overdose

Like many other unsuspecting Americans, Prince fell prey to black market counterfeit pills containing fentanyl instead of the actual ingredient. 

Inside America’s Most Opioid Addicted County

 Ohio’s Montgomery County is now the per-capita leader in overdose deaths. NBC’s Jacob Soboroff went there to speak to residents whose lives have been upended by the crisis. 

The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction

 The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities and families across the county, and Ohio has been impacted the most.

Jails Become Detox Centers In Opioid Epidemic

NBC News’ Jacob Soboroff goes inside an Ohio jail where many addicts receive treatment. 

Descent into opioid addiction captured on video

A man’s determination to show a drug-addicted friend just how far she had fallen offers a rare and raw glimpse into the world of opioid addiction. 

The Damage Done: The Unwanted (Philadelphia, Pa.)

 Explore VOA's "The Damage Done" documentary series at https://projects.voanews.com/opioids/ Check out this great video