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Anatomy of an epidemic

Drug Abuse | Diagnosing the causes of the opioid crisis 
by Charles Horton
Posted 2/28/19, 01:46 pm

Massachusetts officials are suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, alleging that its sales tactics fueled a surge in opioid addiction. Massachusetts is also suing the Sackler family, which owns and runs Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit underscores the controversy over the pills: Did the increase in opioid prescriptions reflect doctors finally addressing untreated pain or becoming tools for sales at any cost?

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Treatment in sight

Science | Non-embryonic stem cells could treat age-related blindness
by Julie Borg
Posted 2/14/19, 03:15 pm

Nearly 11 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in people 65 and older. Currently, no cure exists.

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Hepatitis hearts

Drug Abuse | As the drug crisis kills thousands each year, an uptick in organ donations from addicts who have died
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/06/19, 04:06 pm

A New York moment: 

I had a dinner conversation recently with Dr. Mark Merlin, who oversees much of New Jersey’s emergency medical services. The drug crisis has stretched EMS departments, but Merlin shared one silver lining from the sad crisis: Hospitals have begun using organs from deceased addicts to save lives. The problem, according to Merlin, is making sure the transfer system works. He said many life-saving organs are left on the scene, never to make it to a hospital for transplants.

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