The Drug Addiction Epidemic in the News

National Newspapers

Huffington Post Pulitzer nominated eight chapter expose “Dying To Be Free” by Jason Cherkis.  Print

  • There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works.Why Aren’t We Using It?

The Washington Post  Cheap Fix:  Heroin’s Resurgence: “And Then He Decided Not to Be” by Marc Fisher.  Print

  • David McCarthy briefly got clean on his own after detox programs and rehab failed. But the lure of inexpensive, plentiful heroin eventually proved too much.

Los Angeles Times:  “A TIMES INVESTIGATION” by Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion, and Scott Glover.  Print


The Washington Post:  Health and Science expose: “After their children died of overdoses, their families chose to tell the truth.” by Alexandra Rockey Fleming. Print

The Washington Post:  “How’s Amanda?” by Eli Saslow. Print

  • ‘Reality’s a trigger’: An excruiating story of truth, lies and an American addiction.

National Health Coverage Journal

STAT, an online journal reporting from the frontiers of science and health.  David Armstrong’s Special Report:  “Dope Sick.”  Print

  • A harrowing story of best friends, addiction — and a stealth killer.


HBOAddiction Project,” produced in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  Video and print.

CBS News:  In Depth “America’s Opioid Epidemic.”  Print and video

  • Inside America’s growing struggle with opioid painkillers and heroin addiction

NBC News:  “America’s Heroin Epidemic.” Print and video

NPR 4-part series “Treating the Tiniest Opioid Patients,” Audio

NHPR “Dangerous Ends:  New Hampshire’s Opioid Crisis.”  Print and Audio

WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station:  “America’s Opioid Epidemic and the Shifting Response” and “Opioid Addiction Crisis.” Print and audio.

MPRNews  “Minnesota’s Opioid Epidemic.” Print and audio

  • Stories of addiction, loss and recovery from a public health crisis: Deaths from opioid drug overdoses have hit epidemic proportions nationwide and across Minnesota.

Non Profit Publications

HealthCommentary:  Exploring Human Potential.  “Man-made Opioid Epidemic:   A Five Part Series.” Open Source for Educators.  Print

Kentucky Educational TelevisionInside Opioid Addiction.” Print

Trend CT, a data reporting online publication of the non-profit, non-partisan Connecticut News Project, Inc. “Five Part Series: Why Connecticut’s Drug Overdose Crisis Isn’t Slowing Down.” Print

Regional Series

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Overdosed:  How Doctors Wrote the Script for an Epidemic” by Rich Lord, J. Brady McCollough and Adam Smeltz.  Print

The Gloucester Times.The Heroin Crisis” tells the often uplifting and often discouraging story of ground-breaking efforts by Police Chief Leonard Campanello in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Print

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  A series in six chapters, “Heroin’s Hold” by Chelsea Keenan. Print