THE OPIOID CRISIS
REVEALED: Fake fentanyl is responsible fordeaths of 50 people in Brooklyn and Staten Island in just one year
Fake fentanyl is responsible for the deaths of nearly 50 people in Brooklyn and Staten Island last year, special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan said.
Eight members of billionaire family behind addictive painkiller that is blamed for starting opioid crisis are targeted in lawsuit
The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceuticals company which produces OxyContin. Eight of them have been named as defendants in a Massachusetts lawsuit.
Kentucky sues Walgreens for fueling the opioid epidemic by handing out drugs 'at such an alarming rate and volume that there could be no medical purpose for it'
The only possible explanation for the large quantities, lawmakers say, was that some of the drugs were distributed to addicts and abused or diverted for illegal uses, the complaint said.
'Now bring them to court!' Families demand 'Dr Opiate' and her nurses face criminal charges after damning inquiry reveals 'horrific and calculated' early deaths of 650 hospital patients
Dr Jane Barton, dubbed 'Dr Opiate', oversaw the dishing out of the powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial hospital in Hampshire. She has since retired.
A staggering proportion of Americans survived an opioid overdose only to die within a year, Columbia University research found. About a quarter had a relapse, but 75 percent died of other diseases.
Marijuana users feel MORE pain: Study finds cannabis lowers pain tolerance - meaning users need more painkillers after an injury
Researchers from the Swedish Medical Center, Colorado, found that after an injury, cannabis users required higher painkiller doses than non-users.
Binge drinking leads to alcohol tolerance by slowing down how the brain communicates the feeling of being drunk, study finds
The more alcohol you binge drink, the more slowly the brain's neurons fire, encouraging the development of alcohol tolerance, researchers at the University of Mississippi discovered.
The UK is Europe's cocaine capital and also has the highest number of drug overdose deaths and people who inject heroin, reveals report on the continent's drug use
The European Drug Report 2018 reveals the UK has the highest proportion of cocaine users in Europe, plus the most overdose deaths and number of people injecting opiates such as heroin.
New York doctor 'prescribed lethal doses of addictive opioids and muscle relaxants which led to three fatal overdoses - with one patient ordered to take 24 pills per day'
Dr. Lawrence Choy, 65, was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday for an arraignment. He was extradited to New York from Wisconsin by the DEA last week.
Walkley-winning Australian journalist could be jailed for life in Burma after police find '300g of ice, 800 synthetic pills containing caffeine and meth, crack pipes and cannabis in his home'
Award-winning Australian journalist Ross Dunkley has been arrested for possession of drugs in Myanmar after his home was raided by police on Thursday.
Young people who use the 'zombie' drug spice that is widely available on Britain's streets are at risk of having a stroke or heart attack, doctors warn
The UK has seen increasingly numbers of teenagers being admitted to hospital with hallucinations, rapid heartbeats and seizures caused by the drug.
'It's the secret rehabs don't want you to know': Sudden tolerance drops fuel opioid overdoses at the very clinics meant to help people get clean
Matthew Mellon died yesterday at a rehab in Mexico. His cause of death is unknown, but an expert explains that overdoses are common at such clinics, especially when clients are hastily detoxed.
Drug use in the Pacific Northwest is so prevalent that scientist have found trace amounts of narcotics in the systems of sea creatures in the area.
In 2016, nearly half of people killed in car wrecks were on drugs - mainly marijuana and opioids - surpassing drunk driving deaths, a new Governors Highway Safety Association report shows.
For every five young adults - those between 25 and 34 - that died in 2016, one was killed by an overdose, according to alarming research from St Michael's Hospital in Ontario, Canada.
The return of heroin chic: Number of addicts turning to the deadly drug skyrockets by more than 50 per cent as opioid addiction fuels a revival of the deadly '90s scourge
New figures have found that heroin use in Sydney has increased by 50 per cent over the past five years. Experts believe that opioid addiction has caused a revival of the deadly '90s scourge.
'We call them The Walking Dead': At least TWENTY-FIVE people 'looking like zombies' collapse after overdosing on synthetic marijuana known as 'K2' on the same New York street where 33 people overdosed two years ago
At least 25 people were hospitalized in New York City after a possible overdose of synthetic marijuana known as 'K2', believed to be the same location where 33 people overdosed in 2016.
Roseanne tackled the current opioid crisis in America on Tuesday's episode. Roseanne was found hiding prescription pills around the house as her husband Dan confronted the situation.
'He had black rings under his eyes': Mother with three-decade addiction to prescription pills is haunted by how drugs 'turned her into a monster' and left her baby hooked on opioids
A trip to her GP for chronic back pain led to a 32 year addiction to prescription medication for Rustie, who told her story for the first ever National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week.
Soaring rate of opioid deaths has driven a 17-FOLD increase in the number of organs for transplants since 2000, new figures reveal
New research from the University of Utah Health has found that there has been a 17-fold increase in the number of organs available for transplant from donors who died of a drug overdose
Beautician, 19, died of cocaine overdose after hiding a bag of drugs in her mouth when the car she was in was stopped by police
Georgia Cassidy, 19, was in a car with her boyfriend when they were stopped in a random police check in Kirkby, Merseyside. She put a bag of cocaine in her mouth to conceal it from police.
Bi-polar mother, 26, who turned to drink after her sister's death texted father of her son, five, to say 'tell Leo I love him' before taking fatal overdose
Jessica Cowdery, 26, sent a friend photos of empty medication packets before paramedics found her unresponsive at her home in Bridgend, south Wales.
Australian drug smuggler caught with meth and ecstasy avoids possible execution and is sentenced to just 15 months rehabilitation in Bali
The court in Denpasar said Australian accountant Isaac Emmanuel Roberts' sentence, which includes time already served in prison, will be carried out at the Anargya Foundation.
Bikini model, 29, who was caught stuffing METH down her pants pleads guilty to trafficking ice and will be jailed for at least a month
Asher Ruth de Rouffignac, a former bikini model from the Northern Territory, pleaded guilty to trafficking 17 grams of methamphetamine in one month on Wednesday.
Lindsey Lohan tried to stop billionaire Matthew Mellon from seeking controversial hallucinogenic treatment at Mexican rehab facility where he was heading when he died in a Cancun hotel
Lindsey Lohan begged her father Michael Lohan, a counselor and recovering addict, to talk Mellon out of seeking the psychadelic treatment ibogaine, which is banned in the US, in Cancun.
‘I’m sorry they’ve had to put up with me’: Footy legend Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson apologises to his fans for being charged with trafficking ice
The footy legend, 54, emerged from his Port Melbourne home wearing a bicycle helmet before riding up the street on Wednesday afternoon.
Family-of-five is forced to move out of their dream home after just 10 days because it was contaminated with high levels of METH
Jason and Amanda Gates and their three children were forced to move out of their dream home in Washington state after just 10 days because it was contaminated with high levels of meth.
'Don't miss out on your Front Row Rock Show tickets': The cryptic text messages that led to the downfall of a meth-dealing kingpin who called himself 'The Big Fella' and blew $6,000-a-day on cocaine
William 'The Big Fella' Siryani, pleaded guilty in the NSW District Court to supplying a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis and knowingly directing activities of a criminal group in 2016.
Mellon's missing millions: He blew his family's fortune on drugs and fast living then made $1billion back with one last gamble. Now he's dead, the money's vanished and friends are whispering: Was Matthew murdered?
Matthew Mellow, 54, died in Cancun, Mexico, last Monday. His family said he died of a heart attack, but those closest to him fear something more sinister may have befallen the handsome father of three.
Prince's heirs sue Walgreens and the hospital that treated him after his first opioid overdose for 'contributing to his death through lapses in care'
The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, alleges Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois and Walgreens pharmacists failed to provide Prince reasonable care.
Prince's final days: Singer said his 'soul left his body' during previous overdose and complained that life was 'boring,' telling his girlfriend after final concert that 'now he could go away'
The singer who was in a relationship with Prince when he passed away told investigators that the singer had been 'depressed' in the days before his death, and told her his soul left his body.
'Somebody should be held accountable': Fury over lack of charges over Prince's death as fans join family at Paisley Park to remember the legendary singer on the second anniversary of his fatal overdose
The singer's cousin Charles Smith (right) joined scores of fans who gathered at Paisley Park to remember Prince on the second anniversary of his death.
Smartphone overuse increases loneliness and anxiety, and forms connections in the brain 'similar to how OPIOID addiction is experienced,' study warns
Researchers from San Francisco State University have found in a new study that smartphone dependence may have similar effects on the brain to those seen in opioid addiction.
Inside the Mexican psychedelic drug rehabs where scores of Americans (and Matthew Mellon) flock in a desperate bid to get off opioids - as even top doctors admit 'we have few other options' to fight the addiction crisis
Matthew Mellon reportedly died after taking a psychedelic drug in Mexico, but experts say that ibogaine deserves research as it may be a last hope for opioid addicts like Adrienne Porter (left).
New data from the health firm IQVIA show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the US fell dramatically last year. Nationwide, nine percent fewer prescriptions were filled last year.
Instagram blocks drug hashtags after FDA calls out social media sites for 'offers to distribute opioids on their platforms'
A search of Instagram on Sunday revealed that parent-company Facebook has limited search results for images with hashtags related to drugs, following comments by the FDA.
Flowers around Prince mural bloom into the shape of the singer's hair - a week before the one year anniversary of his death
Christina Stein, from California, planted a tree in her garden in front a mural to the dead star. It eventually started flowering until the buds resembled the singer's famous hair.
Memorial featuring 22,000 tiny pills carved with the faces of people who died from opioid overdoses goes on display outside White House
Each pill in the Prescribed to Death tribute features a victim of the epidemic. The 22,000 faces are made up of real people who overdosed on opioids in 2015.
A baby is born with opioid withdrawal every 15 minutes, costing America $2.5bn since 2004 - and rates are rising, research reveals
As the opioid crisis rages on across the US, the number of babies born with opioid withdrawal has risen by five-fold, driving up Medicaid costs by billions of dollars, a University of Minnesota study shows.
Dr Jerome Adams said 95 percent of insured Americans can get Narcan. Speaking at a heroin summit, he urged all eligible to carry it in case they encounter someone overdosing.
Opioid addiction now costs employers $2.6 billion - and more than half of that is spent on workers' CHILDREN
A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that employers spent $2.6 billion on opioid addiction in 2016. Yet, prescription use of the addictive drug among people with health coverage declined.
The front line of the opioid crisis: Moment cop has to be administered Narcan after potentially touching fentanyl-laced drugs during arrest
Body camera footage shows a Columbus police officer becoming slumped and needing to be administered Narcan, which is used to help those who overdosed on drugs.
Company blamed for fueling fentanyl addiction crisis will soon be approved to sell synthetic cannabis
Notorious pharmaceutical company behind the fentanyl addiction Insys Therapeutics will soon have DEA approval to market a synthetic marijuana spray called Syndros for medical use.
Millions suffering from lower back pain are being given the WRONG treatment: Patients are needlessly handed painkillers when simple stretches would be more effective
In a series of international studies published in prestigious journal The Lancet, it was revealed that patients are being doled out opiods - despite them being discouraged.
Back from the brink: The moment hero cops revive a man who overdosed on opiods in a Days Inn parking lot
Police in Peachtree, Georgia caught the dramatic moment they brought an unconscious man back from the precipice of death with the drug Narcan - and all of it was caught on film.
Taking prescription painkillers and sleeping pills at the same time increases your chance of an overdose
Taking a combination of prescribed painkillers and sleeping pills puts you at a greater risk of visiting a hospital for an overdose, researchers from Stanford University warn