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Opioid epidemic news and analysis from The Nation
June 17, 2021
Covid-19 Stopped Progress on the Drug Epidemic in Its Tracks
Bold policy changes are needed now to save lives.
May 28, 2021
The Other Epidemic Killing Americans
People are dying at record rates from opioid overdoses, and harm reduction advocates are asking the Biden administration to overhaul how it deals with the crisis.
September 17, 2020
Why Drug Overdoses Have Gone Up During the Pandemic
“It’s really hard to think about recovery, or putting down substances, when your basic human needs aren’t being met.”
May 27, 2020
In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19
But the pandemic has made the problem worse, too.
May 22, 2020
Recovery Will Take More Than Money
The pandemic offers Americans a chance to look hard at the ways in which government has failed society—but also a chance to do something about it.
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April 23, 2020
The Challenge of Treating 2 Epidemics at Once
As overdose deaths climb, advocates and activists fear the opioid crisis will run headlong into the Covid-19 crisis.
November 22, 2019
How Can Big Pharma Make Amends for the Opioid Epidemic?
It’s unlikely pharmaceutical executives will face a full reckoning in court, but transformative justice could give victims the relief they deserve.
June 20, 2019
The Right’s Cure for Poverty: Hard Work and Father Figures
At a hearing, Republicans told a familiar story while the Poor People’s Campaign presented a bold budget proposal.
April 2, 2019
Take Action Now: Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Help end the stigma, then raise awareness about addiction treatment and overdose prevention.
February 21, 2019
A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis
Vancouver and Philadelphia are both facing overdose epidemics—but one city has found a way to keep people alive.