Dangerous Trend: Not Enough Doctors for Addicts

In many parts of the U.S., the number of people addicted to opioids far exceeds the capacity of doctors willing and authorized to treat them. A California doctor who killed a patient in self-defense says, “Treating addiction is a very tough job–many doctors won’t do it.”

Can One Judge Solve the Nation’s Opioid Crisis?

Federal judge Dan Polster of Cleveland faces the daunting challenge of resolving more than 400 lawsuits brought by cities, counties and Native American tribes against central figures in the opioid crisis, including makers of the prescription painkillers, companies that distribute them, and pharmacy chains that sell them. Some of the lawyers involved doubt that the judge can pull it off.