Opioids

Missouri Sees Sharp Drop in Life Expectancy

Hawley sounds the alarm on economic roots of deaths of despair

Life expectancy in Missouri fell by nearly a year between 2012 and 2018 as the region has grappled with an epidemic of opioid, suicide, and alcohol-related deaths, according to a new report.

‘Deaths of Despair’ Might Not Be About Despair After All

New report captures a century of 'deaths of despair'

Delving into more than 100 years of data, a report released Thursday casts new light on America's ongoing battle with "deaths of despair." The issue has risen to prominence since economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton's groundbreaking work revealed that American middle-aged mortality rates had been rising since the year 2000.

DOJ Busts 35 in Drug Conspiracy

Virginia crew allegedly had enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people

The Department of Justice indicted 35 drug traffickers who collectively participated in a conspiracy to sell tons of highly potent drugs in eastern Virginia.

Mayor Pete Doesn’t Understand ‘Deaths of Despair’

The problem's bigger than mental health

There is, as Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg correctly noted, a surging wave of suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol deaths. These have been collectively labeled "deaths of despair," first in academic literature and then in the popular press.

Fentanyl Trade Is Spreading, Feds Warn

Feds warn private industry about changing market for deadly opioid

The market for fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, is growing in rapid and disturbing ways, a series of advisories released Wednesday by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) indicate.