Source:3189Michael Braga, Teri Sforza, Ed Silverman
Affiliation:Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Orange County Register; independent journalist
Drug companies are charging outrageous, eye-popping prices for lifesaving drugs: $475,000 for a cure to childhood leukemia, $202,000 for cystic fibrosis medicine, $35,000 to tame muscular dystrophy. Around the world, governments are wrestling with how to respond. Meanwhile in Southern California, a different kind of dilemma is plaguing the “Rehab Riviera.” Treatment facilities are recruiting addicts from across the country, bilking their insurance companies and spitting them back into the streets without an ounce of cure. And in Florida, racial bias reigns in the war on drugs. Black defendants get harsher punishment for drug crimes than their white counterparts and far less access to treatment for their addictions. See how reporters used data and more traditional skills to cover these stories. Learn about the hidden dangers in data and where to look for stories of your own.