New ways to cover addiction and drug enforcement
Opioids came to dominate the U.S. drug trade and addiction more than a decade ago, causing tens of thousands of overdose deaths year after year. Police, public officials and the press are still struggling to understand an epidemic in which the drug is often distributed by major corporations, not smuggled across a border. This panel will provide tips and tools for tracking the prescription opioid supply chain, documenting the death toll in our communities, and analyzing drug enforcement locally and nationwide.
Pat Beall is an investigative reporter with The Palm Beach Post and host of the podcast “Dancing Oligarchs.” She has won multiple national, regional and state awards for stories on the opioid epidemic, criminal justice and her memoir of child abuse; most recently a 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award, Non-Deadline Reporting and Second Place, 2019 National Headliner Awards, Investigative Reporting, for tracking the origins of the heroin epidemic to Florida drug policy. @beall1.
Eric Eyre is a statehouse reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail. He joined the newspaper in 1998. At the Gazette-Mail, he also has covered education, health and business. Eyre's work has won several national awards, including the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal. This year, his series on prescription opioid shipments to West Virginia was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. @ericeyre
Ryan Gabrielson is a reporter for ProPublica covering the U.S. justice system. His work has received numerous national honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, two George Polk Awards, a Livingston Award for national reporting, the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting and a pair of Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
8 documents for investigating prescription painkillers
These 8 documents will help you go deeper in prescription drug investigations.
Counting a crisis, by cost and by person
Pat Beall of The Palm Beach Post gives advice n these slides for counting the impact of a crisis.
Counting drug deaths/tracking costs
This tipsheet from The Palm Beach Post has lots of useful information for tracking the costs and deaths of drug use.
Humanizing the heroin crisis
Pat Beall provided this list of tips for bringing a human perspective to the heroin crisis.