"Make no mistake, misuse of fentanyl will kill you!" warned a DEA special agent.
Our government is now dictating what constitutes acceptable prescribing of controlled substances, and patients who need potent pain medications are suffering.
Kellyanne Conway is in charge of the White House's efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic.
The ACLU said that in attaining a DEA registration to import drugs, Nebraska listed a licensed prison pharmacy that's not located where the drugs will be used for the executions.
"This fast-moving epidemic does not stay within state and county lines."
"Fentanyl is not a choice. It's a contamination crisis."
Drug traffickers are sending a deluge of illicit and prescription drugs across the border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, a sign traffickers aren't intimidated by President Donald Trump's beefed up border security.
Investigators are closing in on Big Pharma, claiming that shady tactics fueled the opioid crisis.
An opioid at the heart of America's drug epidemic will be used for death row executions in Nevada and Nebraska if the never-before-tried combination of drugs is approved.
"He got his son, Philip Luciano, involved," states a federal court complaint. "Philip was the one who knew how to use the dark web: Philip set up their account on the dark web and handled the transactions."
'This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if laboratory analysis proves it is all fentanyl,' special agent says.
Law enforcement officials identified two illicit synthetic opioids that are so strong they can be absorbed through the skin.
Last year marked the sixth consecutive year that fatal overdoses increased in the city, and the rate rose among all demographic groups.
The potent painkiller is 50-100 times stronger than morphine.
Among white users, prescription opioids seem to be a gateway drug to heroin.
West Virginia has the nation's highest rate of opioid overdoses, according to the CDC.
Investigators seized pills containing fentanyl at Prince's home after the singer's death, but they were marked hydrocodone.
The drugs stemming from the opium poppy have sparked wars, been used as a painkiller the world over and currently a prescription abuse epidemic in the U.S.