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America's Opioid Addiction

A look inside America's opioid epidemic: How it is impacting our communities, and what medical professionals and policymakers are doing to stamp out the addiction.

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Methadone is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid addiction and one of the most stigmatized. It is dispensed in government-licensed centers. (Associated Press/File)

How medication treats opioid addiction

- The Washington Times

Only 17.5 percent of those with addictions use one of the three medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration that help stop cravings and prevent opioids from working during relapses.

Across the country, the need for addiction treatment is accelerating beyond the available resources. (Associated Press/File)

On front line of opioids battle, resources are scarce and victories are few

- The Washington Times

Those on the front lines of southern Massachusetts' opioid crisis are trying to solve the problem by connecting to one addict at a time. It is a slow, painful process with few victories and scarcer funding. It is also a story playing out across the country, with the need for addiction treatment accelerating beyond the available resources.

Police change tactics to battle opioid crisis

- The Washington Times

The surge of powerful opioids and record number of deadly overdoses are forcing law enforcement to change the way they do their jobs, adding social work and education to their traditional role of crime-fighting as they scramble to combat the threat.