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Behind the recent flurry of headlines about a massive surge in heroin use is a much more widespread wave of addiction to legal opioids—OxyContin, Vicodin and other painkillers.
One recent study found that 4 in 5 heroin users previously abused prescription opioids. In the last 15 years, at least 100,000 people have died from prescription opioid abuse.
Last fall, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a powerful, new painkiller called Zohydro, a pure form of hydrocodone that contains five to 10 times the opiate level of Vicodin. The FDA approved Zohydro even though its own advisory committee voted 11 to 2 against approval, citing the drug’s potential to exacerbate the opioid abuse epidemic.
Fault Lines examines the opioid epidemic in the US, and asks whether federal drug policy privileges Big Pharma’s bottom line over larger concerns of public health.
Hundreds assembled in D.C. over the weekend to rally for a stronger federal response to opioid drug addiction.
The new regulations reclassify Vicodin and similar drugs to same category as cocaine, limits prescriptions to 90 days
Fed Up Coalition: ‘Without new leadership at the FDA, the opioid crisis will continue unabated’
In Georgia, race of overdose victims may be a factor in new legislation expanding access to naloxone
Fault Lines correspondent captures the difficult lives of a displaced sect in Iraq
Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich discusses the US fight against ISIL, 'the third Iraq War'
An appeals court decision and an inquiry into Border Patrol agents' use of force could propel lawsuits forward
Fault Lines travels to Irbil to examine the consequences of the latest U.S. intervention in Iraq.
Fault Lines investigates the child migration boom from Central America.
Fault Lines travels to Missouri to document the reaction to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer.
Fault Lines examines why 5 million mostly working poor Americans have been left without any health care coverage.
We live in a world run through with Fault Lines. Al Jazeera's Fault Lines takes you beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account, as we examine the US' role in the world.