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  • CNN Exclusive: The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

    As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid hundreds of doctors across the country six-figure sums for speaking, consulting and other services. Thousands of other doctors were paid over $25,000 during that time. Physicians who prescribed particularly large amounts of the drugs were the most likely to get paid.
  • They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?

    This was a year-long investigation of the prosecution of accidental drug overdoses as homicides. It is the first and only story to attempt to quantify the national scale of this emerging trend using court data. It also involved a review of 82 individual cases in Pennsylvania to examine where defendants fit on the user-dealer continuum and whether they were drug users themselves.
  • Pain pill abuse in Alabama

    Our series explored the pills to heroin pipeline and heroin arrests; the Dr. Feelgoods that prescribe painkillers at alarming rates; the links between pain pills and fatal overdoses; and the inside operations at a national pill mill in Mobile, Alabama. The problem has gotten so bad that federal authorities cracked down on pain doctors in the state as the number of painkiller clinics grew to more than 400.
  • Playing With Pain Killers

    Newsweek reports on the increased use of painkillers and how many Americans have turned their prescription into an addiction. "In 1999 an estimated 4 million Americans over the age of 12 used prescription pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for 'nonmedical' reasons in the past month, with almost half saying they'd done so for the first time." Experts and police report the drugs are easy to get and have a wide variety of users. Therefore, making it sometimes difficult to track users down. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies agree that education for prescription pain relievers is crucial to prevent misuse. In addition, Newsweek reports on Hazard, Ky., a small town that has been overtaken with the drug OxyContin and Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain reports on her personal battle with pain pills since 1989,