The Opioid Files

Data shows crisis worsened in full view of officials unwilling or unable to stop it

Newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration shows a trend in pill distribution that, according to plaintiffs suing the drug industry, can’t be passed off as reasonable therapeutic medical treatment.
Ogemaw County, Mich.
19,170,070 pain pills supplied from 2006-2012
125 pills per person per year

New opioid data spurs widespread condemnation

Democratic presidential candidates were among those calling for action after The Post published a massive database tracking the distribution of opioids in the United States.
As is often the case, President Trump acted alone last Sunday when he fired off a trio of racist tweets — impulsively following his gut to the dark side of American politics, and now the country would have to pick up the pieces.

To understand Britain’s probable next prime minister, read his work

Boris Johnson’s biographers, friends and rivals analyze newspaper clips by the former journalist, who has learned to combine high-brow classicism with everyman populism.
The sunrise seen from Panorama Park in Bakersfield, Calif. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)
The sunrise seen from Panorama Park in Bakersfield, Calif. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)
Bakersfield is drawing younger residents and adapting along with them. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)
Bakersfield is drawing younger residents and adapting along with them. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)
Guthrie’s Alley Cat bar has remained a landmark in revitalized downtown Bakersfield. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Post)
Guthrie’s Alley Cat bar has remained a landmark in revitalized downtown Bakersfield. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Post)
A production meeting at Temblor Brewing Co., which opened in 2015. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)
A production meeting at Temblor Brewing Co., which opened in 2015. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)

Bakersfield, once the butt of jokes, is booming. So are many other inland California cities.

Young people are fleeing California’s coastal metroplexes and cosmopolitan enclaves as the cost of living soars. Second-tier cities like Bakersfield, Fresno and Merced in the Central Valley are scooping them up and shifting their culture to lure more.
The seizure of the tanker shows the difficulty of defending international shipping from Iranian threats.
Feeling the pressure, lawmakers on the panels have been practicing for Wednesday’s much-anticipated testimony from the former special counsel in the Russia investigation.
The National Weather Service says the “oppressive and dangerous” heat wave will abate by Monday and Tuesday.
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Sens. Bill Cassidy and Ted Cruz have introduced a nonbinding resolution against the collection of groups, networks and individuals who support aggressive opposition to activists on the far right.
Authorities erected massive water-filled barriers around government buildings and glued bricks to the ground in an effort to prevent violence.
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