Opioids

Authors: College Grads Face ‘Deaths of Despair’ Epidemic

The rising rates of suicides, drug overdoses, and other “Deaths of Despair” are spreading from blue-collar white Americans to the broader group of Americans who hold lower-wage college degrees, says Angus Deaton, one of two professors who detected the post-2000 epidemic.

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT - FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 file picture, students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, the latest indication that …

Yore: China’s Undeclared Fentanyl War

The ancient Chinese military leader Sun Tzu understood that the best military strategy was to win without fighting. Impossible? The modern-day Chinese have mastered Sun Tzu’s tactics with an unarmed assault on the United States.

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U.S. Treasury Cracks Down on Chinese Fentanyl Traffickers

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the “Chinese drug kingpins fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis.” The individuals and organizations designated for Treasury action deal in powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, which are often mixed into other street drugs without the knowledge of customers, resulting in countless deaths by overdose.

The US opioid epidemic is accelerating, with hospital emergency room visits for overdoses from drugs like heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers up 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention