Native Americans at an increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses

A new federal audit says government hospitals have placed Native American patients at an increased risk for abuse and overdoses. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, some hospitals failed to follow the agency's protocols for prescribing and giving out opioids.

With lawsuits looming, OxyContin maker considers bankruptcy

The company that has made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin said it is considering legal options including bankruptcy, a move that could upend hundreds of lawsuits claiming it had a major role in causing the U.S. opioid drug crisis.

Study: Opioid use dropped in medical cannabis states

States with medical cannabis programs saw a dramatic reduction in opioid abuse, according to a study done by University of Georgia researchers. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.

Regulators say herbal supplement kratom contains opioids

U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis.

Walmart takes on opioid crisis in free disposal program

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant announced that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies.

Tempe Union High School District unveils new program to fight opioid abuse

The opioid crisis is a major worry around the country, and a dangerous dependency on the drug can start early, during high school, especially among young athletes recovering from injuries. Now, the Tempe Union High School District has a program to fight back against opioid abuse, using a team-oriented approach. FOX 10's Steve Krafft reports.

Tempe Union High School District unveils new program to fight opioid abuse

The opioid crisis is a major worry around the country, and a dangerous dependency on the drug can start early, during high school, especially among young athletes recovering from injuries. Now, the Tempe Union High School District has a program to fight back against opioid abuse, using a team-oriented approach. FOX 10's Steve Krafft reports.

Forsyth County considers suing opioid manufacturers

Forsyth County could join another metro area and a more than a hundred county governments nationwide in filing a lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies, in response to the overwhelming opioid crisis hitting the nation.

21-year-old hopes his opioid addiction tale can save a life

Opioids continue to be a dangerous killer in Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been 564 opioid related deaths since June. FOX 10's Ty Brennan has the story of one young person's struggle with opioids.