substance abuse

It's not just opioids: What doctors want you to know about benzos

There's no understating the extent of America's opioid crisis. In 2017, the same year it became a public health emergency, an estimated 1.7 million people in the US had substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioids. And this year, the National Safety Council found that the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than those of dying in a car crash.

Democratic donor Ed Buck indicted on drug charges

Democratic donor Ed Buck has been indicted by a federal grand jury on narcotics distribution offenses, including two counts of distributing methamphetamine resulting in death, according to prosecutors.

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness bares it all

"Queer Eye" star and advocate Jonathan Van Ness bares his soul in a memoir due out Tuesday in which he writes about being sexually assaulted as a child, having sex with older men as a teen, battling drug addiction and being diagnosed with HIV.

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy as part of its plan to settle litigation with dozens of states and and other plaintiffs who say the company fueled the opioid crisis.

Purdue Pharma, opioid cases have preliminary proposed settlement

Purdue Pharma has reached a preliminary proposed settlement with multiple state, local and tribal governments that accuse the company of helping to drive the opioid crisis, officials said. But many attorney generals are opposing it and say the fight is not over.

Gupta: Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic

Veteran doctors don't need a blood test to tell when someone is on the verge of a drug overdose. They can even narrow down the culprit by observation alone. Dilated pupils mean cocaine, amphetamines, maybe LSD. Constricted pupils mean an opiate.

Purdue Pharma in settlement talks over 2,000 lawsuits

Purdue Pharma is involved in talks to settle thousands of federal and state lawsuits that accuse it of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic, the company confirmed to CNN one day after another pharmaceutical giant was ordered to pay more than $500 million for its role in a single state's drug crisis.

Opioid trial judge could deliver biggest judgment in US history

The judge presiding over the historic Oklahoma opioid trial will deliver his ruling Monday afternoon -- a decision that could have sweeping implications as other states and communities try to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans since 2000.

Buttigieg rolls out plan to push for mental health care, fight addiction

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Friday released a plan to combat addiction and provide mental health services, outlining a proposal that aims to reduce the stigma around mental health, penalizes insurance companies that do not offer mental health coverage and offers $10 billion in annual grants for communities to address the issues.