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# opioids - Monday 16 September, 2019

Pharma giant Purdue files for bankruptcy in bid to settle US opioid crisis cases

The cases against Purdue seek to address the costs of millions of Americans sinking into addiction.

# opioids - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Pharma company that makes painkiller Oxycontin to offer over $10 billion to settle claims in US

Purdue Pharma said it “sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation”.

# opioids - Thursday 13 September, 2018

The rise of opiates: How Ireland's 'broken' health service is behind a surge in prescription painkillers

The use of powerful painkillers has gradually risen in recent years.

# opioids - Saturday 2 June, 2018

One in every five young adult deaths in the US is related to opioids

The study found that the percentage of deaths attributed to opioids in the US increased by 292% from 2001 to 2016.

# opioids - Thursday 5 April, 2018

Americans urged to carry overdose antidote in effort to tackle drug deaths

The US’s chief doctor has issued his office’s first national public health advisory in 13 years.

# opioids - Saturday 20 January, 2018

Singer Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

The 66-year-old passed away on 3 October 2017.

# opioids - Sunday 13 August, 2017

Two million people are addicted to opioid drugs in US, with 90 dying every day

Many people buy pills illegally when their prescriptions run out.

# opioids - Saturday 17 December, 2016

There's been a surge in the number of US babies born with heroin withdrawal symptoms

The problem is particularly bad in rural areas.

# opioids - Sunday 21 August, 2016

New painkiller is as powerful as morphine - but without the dangerous side-effects

The synthetic drug, PZM21, also does not produce addiction.

# opioids - Thursday 2 June, 2016

Prince died from an overdose, says law-enforcement official

The official has spoken anonymously to the Associated Press.