Former CEO of pharmaceutical company, Insys, pleaded guilty to bribing doctors to prescribe opioids. Michael Babich could serve 25 years in prison.
Lean is still a dangerous drug, though it has been glorified in pop lyrics. Codeine addiction can be just as life-threatening as many opioids if untreated.
Despite the ongoing opioid epidemic, the FDA has approved Dsuvia, a synthetic opioid that is 10 times more potent than fentanyl.
On October 3rd, 2018, the Senate passed an opioid package that contained several bills that have all faced contention in the past.
Recently, the prevalence of hashtags has been coopted by online drug dealers selling everything, from #opioids like #OxyContin to the deadly #fentanyl.
Although often overlooked in the drug crisis, addiction issues involving Black Americans and opioids are an increasingly severe problem.
Anti-overdose medications, like Narcan, can give someone a second chance. Naloxone saved more than 26,500 lives between 1996 and 2014.