opioid pills piled up

From pills to fentanyl

Three drugs are responsible for creating the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic: prescription pain pills, heroin and fentanyl. As of 2018, the crisis had claimed more than 400,000 lives. Yet the faces of some victims remain hidden. Grieving families embarrassed by the stigma of drug abuse write “passed peacefully at home” in obituaries. Recovering addicts meet …

MaryBeth Moore Zocco and son Ryan

Court records, emails help reporter track companies’ tactics and those affected

The Washington Post has chronicled the ongoing opioids crisis for years. I have been a part of that team since June during my internship at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The investigative desk has detailed the drug companies’ handling of the marketing and distribution of painkillers as well as the epic legal battle between local and …