The poison of the sea snail species Conus rolani may one day offer an alternative to morphine and opiates, which are addictive, in providing pain relief to humans.
The first civil trial that could hold a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began in Oklahoma, a landmark case that could impact thousands of others like it. Johnson & Johnson and two other drug companies named in the lawsuit.
It's not opium farming but cooking meth that the district of Ghoryan quickly earned a reputation for, with traffickers buying the drug from locals at phenomenally low prices.
Syrian theatre group has no costumes, no sets and no lights. Despite these setbacks, they're proving to be a bright spot in the small town of Jasim in southern Syria.
The top US doctor on Thursday urged more Americans to carry naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose, as the nation grapples with a surge in deaths due to potent prescription painkillers and heroin.
The White House also seeks to cut opioid prescriptions in the US by a third over the next three years by discouraging overprescription of opioids in federal healthcare programmes.
The Justice Department says it will support local officials in hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the drug abuse crisis in the US.
Breaking traditional barriers in conservative Herat province the war torn country's first female coders have created a game based on Afghanistan's struggle to eradicate the vast opium poppy fields ruled by the Taliban.
In the midst of an addiction crisis, the US has charged 412 medical professionals for overprescribing opioids.
The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years.
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