eBook In the Headlines: The Opioid Epidemic: Tracking a Crisis, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642820563
  • ISBN-13: 9781642820560
  • DDC: 362.293
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
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The United States is currently suffering the worst addiction crisis in history. Addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers, heroin, and illegal synthetic opioids, is ravaging the country, destroying families, homes, and communities in its path. This riveting collection of articles tracks the opioid crisis from its earliest days through the present, aggregating human interest stories with news stories on how the government and public are responding to the epidemic. With such breadth of journalism examining the causes, impact, and response to the crisis, this collection offers readers a comprehensive approach to an unfortunately frequent topic of headlines.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Opioid Epidemic's Human Impact.
1: Ohio County Losing Its Young to Painkillers’ Grip.
2: Some Veterans on Painkillers at Special Risk, a Study Finds.
3: Heroin Epidemic Increasingly Seeps Into Public View.
4: A Death on Staten Island Highlights Heroin's Place in ‘Mainstream Society’.
5: Drug Deaths in America are Rising Faster Than Ever.
6: ‘The Pills are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims.
7: The Bronx's Quiet, Brutal War with Opioids.
8: A Foster Child of the Opioid Epidemic.
9: The Opioid Crisis is Getting Worse — Particularly for Black Americans.
Ripple Effects: Opioids, Heroin and Other Drugs.
10: Prescription Painkillers Seen as a Gateway to Heroin.
11: Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town.
12: New York is a Hub in a Surging Heroin Trade.
13: Drug Linked to Ohio Overdoses Can Kill in Doses Smaller than a Snowflake.
14: The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years.
15: Despite Trump's Pleas, China's Online Opioid Bazaar is Booming.
16: Fentanyl Adds Deadly Kick to Opioid Woes in Britain.
17: Meth, the Forgotten Killer, is Back. And It's Everywhere..
The Business of Addiction Treatment.
18: At Clinics, Tumultuous Lives and Turbulent Care.
19: Anti-Overdose Drug Becoming an Everyday Part of Police Work.
20: Naloxone Saves Lives, but is No Cure in Heroin Epidemic.
21: Haven for Recovering Addicts Now Profits From Their Relapses.
22: Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes.
23: Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does.
Overprescription: Cause of the Crisis?.
24: Tightening the Lid on Pain Prescriptions.
25: How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis.
26: Doctors Will Play a Critical Role in the Opioid Epidemic.
27: With Overdoses on Rise, Cities and Counties Look for Someone to Blame.
The Response by Government and Law Enforcement.
28: In Annual Speech, Vermont Governor Shifts Focus to Drug Abuse.
29: A Call to Arms on a Vermont Heroin Epidemic.
30: In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs.
31: Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What?.
32: Attorney General Orders Tougher Sentences, Rolling Back Obama Policy.
33: When Opioid Addicts Find an Ally in Blue.
34: White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids.
35: This Judge Has a Mission: Keep Defendants Alive.
36: Justice Dept. Backs High-Stakes Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers.
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.
About The New York Times Company.