US & Canada

Canada's Ontario province to sue opioid makers

Announcement comes as the US state of Oklahoma is poised to become the first to go to trial against drugmakers.

Canada's Ontario province to sue opioid makers

US & Canada

Fentanyl deaths continue in poorest parts of US

As China cracks down on the export of opioids, users and dealers find loopholes to obtain it in impoverished US neighbourhoods.

Prescription drugs

Museums reject donations from Sacklers amid US opioid crisis

Efforts by museums to publicly distance themselves from the alleged tainted money of the Sacklers are unprecedented.

Prescription drugs

Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270m settlement in Oklahoma

Purdue Pharma LP has been accused of helping exacerbate the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

United States

US opioid epidemic: Study warns about 'third wave' of fentanyl

While most victims are white, overdose deaths are rising faster among black people and Latino Americans.

Drugs

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

Opioid overdose has become the fifth most probable reason for preventable death, according to a new report.

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

United States

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

Legislation is geared to expanding access to drug addiction treatment and crack down on illicit drug shipments.

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

United Kingdom

UK returns confiscated medical cannabis to epileptic boy

Billy Caldwell obtained the cannabis in Canada to help control his epileptic seizures.

UK returns confiscated medical cannabis to epileptic boy

Health

Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

Trump stops short of calling epidemic 'national emergency', which critics argue is 'insufficient' response to crisis.

Health

'It felt like a bomb had gone off in my body'

Experts say, the antibiotic linked to toxicity that's left many chronically ill, should be used as last resort only.

Left paralysed from Fluoroquinolone antibiotic toxicity

Al Jazeera Selects

Drugs: Cannabis country, heroin fix and India's addicts

Three short docs about prescription drugs in India, a cannabis connoisseur in Uruguay and heroin addiction in Tanzania.

Health

America's opioid epidemic shattering women's lives

Women fighting addiction to prescription painkillers tell stories of losing children and loved ones.

America's opioid epidemic shattering women's lives

UpFront

Why you should be afraid of an antibiotic apocalypse

Mehdi Hasan on the dangers of doling out antibiotics like candy.

Cancer

Can cannabis combat cancer?

On World Cancer Day, scientists highlight promising cannabis results in rats to fight disease with minor side-effects.

Can cannabis combat cancer?

US & Canada

US pharmaceutical company chief arrested for fraud

Martin Shkreli, who sparked outcry for raising price of the HIV drug, charged for defrauding investors at previous company.

US pharmaceutical company chief arrested for fraud