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Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers

Hayward: Progressives See Opportunity in Opioid Disaster

It would be excessive to call the opioid crisis an orchestrated conspiracy, but it certainly does have aspects of a manufactured crisis: a problem created by politicians and then exploited by them to advance various agendas. Loose borders created the problem by allowing a tidal wave of deadly street drugs into the United States. Politicians are using the resulting crisis to attack the pharmaceutical industry and the criminal justice system. We could end up releasing an enormous number of criminals from prison because the drug epidemic put too many people in jail.

FILE -- In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the majority of the world’s opium is grown -- and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial …

Report: U.S. Airstrikes on 200 Taliban Targets Fail to Cripple Heroin Trade

The unprecedented air campaign against the Taliban’s opium and heroin trade, seen as the group’s primary economic engine and worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the narco-jihadis, has failed to meet to expectations according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on Wednesday.

China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese sponsored Vietnam-China Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / KHAM (Photo credit should read KHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Demands Drug War with ‘Chinese Characteristics’

The Chinese communist regime launched a campaign against illicit drug trafficking Thursday, led by Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s demand Tuesday that authorities create “a path with Chinese characteristics to contain drug-related problems and win the war on drugs in the new era.”

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Heroin Addicted Baby Dies After 9 Days — Mom Gets 30 Years in Prison

A Maryland judge sentenced a mother whose baby was born addicted to heroin to 30 years in prison for the death of her son on Monday. The newborn boy suffered a traumatic brain injury, had rarely been fed during his nine days of life, and was most likely born addicted to heroin.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Robert Patterson make an announcement about new tools to combat the opioid crises, at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DOJ to Target Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

The U.S. Department of Justice is targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors who use false, deceptive, or unfair marketing to promote dangerously addictive drugs. The DOJ intends to recover the costs of treatment and providing for the public’s safety. The Justice Department will also be filing a Statement of Interest in a lawsuit that includes hundreds of plaintiffs against the drug’s manufacturers and distributors.

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Virgil — The Two Americas: One America Grows and Profits, the Other Shrinks and Dies

The headline in the November 19 Wall Street Journal put the matter plainly: There are “Two Americas.” One America that gains from globalization, and another much larger America that loses from globalization. And as we now know, this cleaving of the nation is not just a matter of economics, it’s also a matter of life and death.

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Texas County Sues Big Pharma over Alleged Role in Opioid Epidemic

Attorneys for a county in East Texas announced Wednesday they filed a lawsuit in federal court against more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies for their alleged roles in the opioid painkiller epidemic gripping the state and the nation.

Fentanyl is a potent prescription painkiller which is extremely addictive, leading people to seek out illegal copycat versions

Texan Sentenced for Role in Fentanyl Distribution Ring

A U.S. district court judge sentenced a Texas man to serve 20 years in federal prison for his role in a large-scale fentanyl distribution ring where he sold up to 10 grams a day of a designer version of the dangerous synthetic opioid.

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U. Texas Researchers Discover Potential Alternative to Opioids

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered what they call a potentially powerful non-addictive painkiller that targets previously untapped receptors in the brain. Such a finding could offer a game-changing alternative for chronic pain sufferers dependent on dangerous prescription opioids.