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More than 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years

New DEA data reveals that 24 billion additional pills than previously known to the public were distributed during the opioid epidemic.
  • Jan 14, 2020

Could the DEA have stopped the opioid epidemic by cutting off the supply?

Congress and others want the supply restricted to curb abuse, but former DEA officials say it cannot be done without hurting legitimate pain patients.
  • Dec 28, 2019

‘SELL BABY SELL!’: Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine

Unsealed court documents reveal how drug manufacturers paid doctors and movie stars to promote aggressive pain treatments and motivated their sales teams with contests and bonuses as the opioid epidemic heightened.
  • Dec 6, 2019

Opioid manufacturers and pain groups respond

Drugmakers and groups that advocate for pain patients respond to The Post’s reporting.
  • Dec 6, 2019

Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine

Unsealed documents and unearthed videos reveal the tactics used by drug companies to sell America on opioids, even as the addiction crisis was deepening.
  • Dec 6, 2019

How much money will it take to undo the damage from opioids?

The best-case scenario for areas grappling with this disaster could be a sweeping settlement among all the parties. But such a deal is unlikely in the near term, according to interviews with attorneys in the case and a survey of attorneys general nationwide.
  • Oct 30, 2019

Last-ditch opioid settlement in Ohio could open door for much larger deal

Settling 2,400 lawsuits individually would be untenable, attorneys say, with the first jurisdictions likely to get the biggest payouts.
  • Oct 21, 2019

High-profile talks to avert landmark opioid trial break down

The size of a proposed $50 billion deal, as well as how it would be distributed, are points of contention.
  • Oct 18, 2019

Landmark opioid trial could be averted if Friday meeting ends in settlement

A federal judge is overseeing a last-ditch bid to avert a trial over the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.
  • Oct 17, 2019

State AGs dangle $18B potential settlement, but fail to delay federal opioid trial

They’re in talks with three drug distributors to settle state lawsuits, but have not involved 2,500 local governments.
  • Oct 15, 2019