Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) introduced a bill Friday to increase penalties for selling the fully synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The United States Sentencing Commission, the federal body responsible for recommending guidelines for federal judges’ criminal sentencing, held a hearing Wednesday to discuss increasing the penalties offenders would face for trafficking in synthetic drugs, including the highly deadly opioid fentanyl.
A panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday explored the social dimensions of America’s opioid crisis, with a keynote by Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) and comments by the panelists arguing that solutions to the epidemic must begin locally and with an eye towards supporting better social cohesion.
Opioid medications do not perform significantly better than generic Tylenol for treating chronic back, hip, or knee pain, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R.) is offering the chance to demolish a 330-foot tall government building in an online auction for charity.
The number of children hospitalized as a result of opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, a new report published Monday in Pediatrics concludes.
A lawsuit filed last year by West Virginia’s Republican attorney general Patrick Morrissey has resulted in a new Trump administration directive to evaluate the opioid production quota system, which Morrissey says is “responsible for many deaths across the country.”
The Department of Justice will create a new task force to combat the surging opioid epidemic, focused in particular on the contributions of opioid manufacturers and distributors to the epidemic’s rising death toll, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday.
Five major opioid manufacturers paid a combined $9 million over five years to groups that deemphasized the dangerous risks of opioid prescription, according to a new report released Monday by the ranking minority member’s office of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee.