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State of Addiction

State of Addiction

An investigation into the opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of Americans every year

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 01:27 PM EDT

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported. The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:03 AM EDT

FDA Approves 1st Nonopioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

FDA Approves 1st Nonopioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the...

Monday, May 14, 2018 at 09:19 PM EDT

Mom Arrested in Baby's Opioid Overdose Death: NYPD

Mom Arrested in Baby's Opioid Overdose Death: NYPD

Police have arrested the mother of a 14-month-old Staten Island girl who overdosed on opioids last year after sources say investigators determined that the baby had medication in her system that belonged to her...

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 06:38 PM EDT

Mayor de Blasio Wants Supervised Drug Injection Sites in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Wants Supervised Drug Injection Sites in NYC

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday threw his support behind a plan to open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users as part of a pioneering yet controversial effort to combat fatal overdoses.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 09:36 AM EDT

'Lifesaving' Naloxone Not So Easy to Get in LI Pharmacies

'Lifesaving' Naloxone Not So Easy to Get in LI Pharmacies

New York allows some pharmacies to sell naloxone to anyone without a prescription. The state health commissioner said the program "ensures that this life-saving medication is widely accessible." But an I-Team...

About the Epidemic

Opioids kill more people each year than traffic accidents, than guns; recent CDC estimates say 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Increasingly, they're killing children. New synthetic drugs are emerging -- cocktails so potent even touching them can lead to injury or death.

With tens of thousands of Americans dying opioid-related deaths every year, the president has declared a national public health emergency. Tune in for "State of Addiction," a special week-long series beginning on Monday, Dec. 11 on News 4 New York.