Faced with the growing crisis of opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration asked makers of those medications to cut back on the amount they produced. 

Now, major medical centers like the University of Virginia are faced with a shortage, unable to prescribe those drugs for all of the patients in pain.  But UVA has come up with alternatives and made some surprising discoveries in the process.

Center for Economic Analysis and Policy

Virginia’s opioid crisis has a well-known human cost. But what’s the financial cost? A new study shows how much it is hurting our economy.

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The epidemic of addiction to opiate drugs in Virginia has added to a prison population of nearly 30,000 people, and since 2015, nine of them have died from an overdose of fentanyl or heroin.  Last year, the Department of Corrections reported 12 cases in which drugs were sent to inmates through the mail and in the first quarter of this year, eight more envelopes arrived bearing banned substances.  Now, prisons are cracking down – making major changes in the mailroom as Sandy Hausman reports.