The drug business allegedly let customers order heroin and cocaine on the phone "with the same convenience as if they were ordering a pizza."
“The big problem is we aren’t testing for these cutting agents, and chronic health problems [they cause] by their nature only appear years later,” said an expert.
“It's crazy that this story is coming out from our leaders,” one expert said. “There is scant evidence for cannabis laced with fentanyl.”
Little Falls, Minnesota, didn’t do anything revolutionary. They just made a real effort — and spent real money — treating addiction as a disease, not a crime.
One of the rescued puppies who survived now helps Colombian police detect drugs. Her name is Heroina.
In the first case of its kind, a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department could preview attempts to block similar facilities around the United States.
“It’s not your father’s drug market,” said one expert. “We have a synthetic drug crisis caused by stronger and more potent drugs.”
“Using heroin in this way, frankly, freaks people out in the US,” said one expert.
“Where are we going to be in another 10 years if we don’t do something?”
“Something economic or technological” is driving the increasing deaths, an expert said, perhaps steadily lower prices for more potent drugs.
Beautiful Boy, Ben Is Back, and Boy Erased each offer a different take on the idealized white suburban son whose parents fail to see him as he really is.
Around 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year in the US. A federal drug use survey suggests that might be discouraging people from trying heroin.
The new Netflix docuseries Follow This focuses one episode on the controversial fight to open the first “safe injection site” in the US.
A Drug Company Tried To Give Away An Overdose Antidote To Schools. But Most Of Them Declined The Offer.
Some schools might have been reluctant to take advantage of the company’s offer because of backlash from parents, experts say.
A Mother Has Been Charged In Her Baby's Death After Allegedly Transmitting Drugs While Breastfeeding
Prosecutors have charged the 30-year-old mother of two with criminal homicide.
Amaru Bestrin, 25, had been lying in a disabled toilet next to a busy corridor at Liverpool Hospital for 12 hours before his body was found by cleaners.
"They’re doing it more blatantly now. They know they’re not going to get in trouble or get arrested."
Studios want to hire kids with genuine depth like Brad Renfro, but the system in place to protect child actors isn’t equipped for when their lives go perilously downhill.
New York is now the fourth city in the US to announce it will open sites for people to inject illegal drugs. None currently exist in the US.
At a big heroin summit in Atlanta, Kellyanne Conway, who heads the “opioids cabinet,” talked up the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the crisis, and the head of the NIH announced a program to study the biological causes of chronic pain.
Drug users don't take heroin because of postindustrial despair — they do it because withdrawal feels worse than anything you can imagine.
Five Years Ago, Fentanyl Was An Obscure Hospital Drug. Here’s How It Completely Took Over The US Illicit Drug Market.
Fentanyl now kills more people in the US than any other drug. It seems to have started with 14 overdoses in Rhode Island in 2013.
Experts Are Fighting Over Whether A Popular Drug For Reversing Overdoses Is Actually Causing More Deaths And Crime
A controversial, unpublished study is suggesting that naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, doesn’t save more lives and drives people to seek more dangerous highs. But some experts criticized the study’s approach and assumptions.
They’ve been approved in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia — and some local officials are ready to fight the DEA in court.
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Did economic hardship trigger the opioid crisis, or Mexican cartels, or Big Pharma? “The million dollar question is why is America in so much pain?” one expert said.
The facilities provide clean needles and space for people to inject illicit drugs under medical supervision, an effort by the city to reduce an epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses.
2017 was the year fentanyl became a household name. Here are 12 stories that show just how bad the US opioid epidemic has gotten, the hucksters who have profited, and how much it’ll take to get us out of it.
I’m happy to see our culture beginning to take a more sympathetic view of addiction. But for me, progress is bittersweet. And, for all four of my mother's brothers, it’s too little too late.
At a Rose Garden news conference, Trump re-upped on declaring a national public health emergency over the US epidemic of opioid drug overdoses.
Coshocton, struggling with addiction and job loss, is showing signs of hope.
“The insidious this thing is that the amount of fentanyl that could kill you is so small it’s invisible,” a detective said.
A kilo of heroin nets a dealer $60,000. A kilo of fentanyl? $1.2 million.
About 35 infants a day in the US are exposed to the virus from infected mothers.
A wave of heroin mixed with even more potent drugs is triggering fatal overdoses. The latest example is called “grey death.”
"I felt like I had, like, a blank slate."
50-year-olds are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers, while heroin is claiming more people in their 20s.
A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts suddenly lost their memories, and no one knows why. Max Meehan was case number one.
The spaces work to prevent overdoses among people who inject drugs. "It should be our mandate to keep people alive," said one public health expert.
As a wave of heroin overdoses strikes West Baltimore, a medical team warns a stricken neighborhood and hands out last-ditch doses of lifesaving medication.
Republicans and Democrats largely agree that addicts need more access to treatment, but clash on how to make that happen.
Do you know your crack from your smack?
A small city in Pennsylvania is reeling after a cop's on-duty drug overdose. The DA says prosecutors might have to walk away from several drug cases.
Only one clinic in North America currently gives patients access to the drug.
Woman pictured in viral police photos gets the maximum sentence for crimes related to alleged heroin overdose in a car with a child present.
This is the third such case reported this week where adults allegedly overdosed with a child in the car.
In a new push for harsher sentences for opioid dealers, Brittany Banscher faces life in prison for selling drugs that caused a person's death.
Heroin and counterfeit pain pills laced with fentanyl are causing an epidemic of overdoses nationwide, say federal health officials.
Public health officials said the victims believed they were taking the painkiller Norco instead of the much more powerful drug fentanyl.
"And y’all be sweating me? And y’all got this shit going on in your fucking alleys?"
"I just wanted to tell the truth and help other people."
"We think the only reason he did it was to get her approval."
In the rehab capital of America, addicts are bought, sold, and stolen for their insurance policies, and many women are coerced into sex.
The drug, being sold in western New York, is believed to be laced with Fentanyl, a prescription painkiller that is stronger than morphine.
In a bid for New Hampshire voters, presidential candidates have called for compassion for heroin and painkiller addicts. Off the campaign trail, there's intense debate over using opioid meds to kick opioid addiction.
Gov. LePage went on a racially charged rant Wednesday night, singling out heroin traffickers with names like "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" who enter the state and impregnate "young white" women.
He's making a list of chicken and rice.
While the opioid crisis rages, a report published on Monday recommends that states require doctors to check patient names in massive prescription databases, in hopes of finding telltale signs of addiction and drug-dealing.
"Think about the repercussions of what is free and what is a drug, an addicting drug like heroin."
Four people have been arrested in connection with kidnapping a 25-year-old woman, injecting her with drugs, and performing witchcraft-related "blood ritual" on her, authorities said.
From coffee to heroin.
Nicole Cronin was one of the hundreds of people who overdose in Palm Beach County every year. She came to South Florida for help, but instead found a rehab system with weak scientific backing that's riddled with fraud.
The DEA confiscated nearly 155 pounds of heroin just blocks away from an elite private school. The drugs allegedly belonged to Mexico's fearsome Sinaloa Cartel.
A new study shows how to turn ordinary brewers yeast into a biological factory for producing opiates. Some scientists want to use this technology to make better painkillers. But other researchers — and the FBI — warn that this could lead to people brewing heroin at home.
Bali 9 mule’s art reveals his time on death row.
As doctors crack down on the misuse of prescription painkillers, more people are turning to heroin — and dying because of it.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Tim Stelloh chronicles the search for the lost victims of one of America's most infamous serial killers. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
This despite the U.S. spending more than $7.6 billion trying to eradicate poppy cultivation, according to a new report.
If you believe everything you read in the news, that is. Which – SPOILER – you shouldn't.
A PSA apparently meant for African-Americans.
The 26-year-old call girl accused in a Google employee's overdose death appeared in court Wednesday on charges of manslaughter, prostitution, and other drug-related charges.
The Toronto mayor on his drug use: "You name it, I pretty well covered it."
Nothing is sacred. Not even Popsicles.
With heroin use at epidemic levels, harm reduction — a bold, long-contested approach to treating addicts — is gaining political traction. But are we ready to make it easier to shoot heroin even if it means fewer deaths?
Zohydro contains 10 times more hydrocodone than Vicodin and was approved by the Federal Drug Administration despite being condemned by its own advisory committee. Over 40 organizations are protesting the FDA's approval of the drug.
Officers raided an address in Manhattan around 7 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a tip that a dealer who sold the late actor heroin was there, reports said. Update: An autopsy performed on Hoffman Monday was inconclusive.
In Maine, deaths attributed to heroin have quadrupled, and in Vermont, opiate addiction has skyrocketed by 770%, according to the governor.
State Police recovered 1,250 bags of heroin during a traffic stop Friday, many were labeled "Obama Care." Others were marked "Kurt Cobain."
Everyone should read these books before they go to that great rehab in the sky.
Not every bad habit is all bad.
When I say that this drug is flesh-eating, I mean that it rots your skin while you're alive and this post contains photos of what that looks like. WARNING: very graphic images.
A woman in Scranton, Pennsylvania was arrested on suspicion of burglary. After a thorough body search, authorities found an amazing array of items hidden in her vagina. Here is the full menu of vaginal contraband. Since the denominations were not announced (and for the sake of running up the score), the $55.22 were broken down into individual dollars and cents. In the race to turn body cavities into clown cars, this woman is winning.
The soundest and most irrefutable medical advice of all time. In a follow up appointment, the patient was advised to quit being stupid.