While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the Trump administration that aren’t about pipe bombs

Here are five stories you might have missed this week.

Jamie Lee Curtis reveals her past opioid addiction: “No one knew. No one.”

"Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment," Curtis said in a new interview.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders wants harsh penalties for drug executives who mislead public on opioids

For Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the question is simple: What did pharmaceutical executives know, and when did they know it?
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Philadelphia becomes latest city to introduce safe injection sites to combat opioid crisis

Studies have shown the planned injection sites have a positive effect on combating drug overdoses.
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Life after addiction: One year after an opioid overdose video went viral

'Mic' and 'Time' magazine followed two recovering opioid addicts amid America's worsening drug epidemic.

How Trump’s plan to help opioid addicts is at odds with his own Justice Department

Trump said he wants to help opioid addicts. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions reimplemented mandatory minimums that will jail nonviolent drug addicts.

Trump just declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Here’s what that means.

"We are going to overcome addiction in America."

More than 2 months after declaring an opioid crisis, Trump appears to have decided how to proceed

As with health care, tax reform and a host of other initiatives, Trump’s rhetoric on opioids has been long detached from his administration’s policy initiatives.

Members of Trump’s own opioid commission worry he won’t make an impact on the crisis

Trump says he's about to make a "major announcement," but his opioid commission is not sure anything will get done.

The five things Donald Trump said in the past day you need to read

He broke news on North Korea, opioids, the Russia investigation, Mitch McConnell and embassies.
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‘Hot Mic’ podcast: The opioid crisis, Ivanka Trump’s new store

The important stories to know for Friday, August 11.

Donald Trump on opioids: “We’re going to make it a national emergency”

"It’s an emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."

Donald Trump on opioid epidemic: “Prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place”

In addressing the national crisis, Trump took the "Just say no" route.
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Opioid prescriptions are down, but addiction experts say there’s still progress to be made

The number of opioid prescriptions written in 2015 was still triple what it was in 1999 — meaning that doctors and health care providers will need to crack down even harder.
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Opioid addiction diagnoses have spiked nearly 500% in just 7 years, study shows

The use of medication-assisted treatments has gone up too, but that number is far outpaced by the rate of opioid addiction diagnoses.

Stark report on opioid epidemic shows what's at stake in Trump's budget cuts

Trump's budget calls for a 95% cut to drug control agencies at the same time opioid ER visits have risen over 99%.

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Scientists are one step closer to a vaccine that could combat heroin addiction

A vaccine to treat heroin addiction is one step closer to becoming a reality.
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NYC doctor arrested for allegedly writing 14,000 unnecessary oxycodone prescriptions

The doctor, 81-year-old Martin Tesher, faces up to 20 years in prison for a charge of distributing a controlled substance.
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Sessions thinks harsher sentencing will stop the opioid epidemic. He's wrong.

Sessions is bringing back the war on drugs.
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Senate confirms Scott Gottlieb to lead FDA in Trump administration

Trump has called for budget cuts to the regulatory agency.
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States with legal marijuana have lower rates of opioid hospitalizations, new study finds

More evidence that marijuana may be key to fighting the opiate crisis.

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What are blennies? Meet the predator fish who might carry the next opioid drug.

The two-inch long fish defend themselves with a powerful opioid-filled venom.

The US opioid crisis is real and deadly. Trumpcare could make it even worse.

An estimated 2.1 million Americans are struggling with opioid addiction while the threat of cuts to health care looms.

Jeff Sessions says the drug war of the '80s and '90s worked. It didn't.

Sessions fondly remembers the policies that disproportionally landed people of color in prison. We're still suffering from them.
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Sean Spicer linked legal marijuana to the opioid crisis. He couldn't have been more wrong.

The White House press secretary is peddling dangerous disinformation about these very different drugs.

Why did Ray J leave 'Celebrity Big Brother'? Shocking departure sparks controversy.

The 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant was reportedly not let back on set.

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Drug use is falling among teens, new study says

Teen use of heroin, cocaine, meth and other illegal substances is at an all-time low.
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John Oliver lambasted Big Pharma for helping create America's opioid problem

The drug companies, says Oliver, "helped put us in this fucking mess."
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What is "pink"? Here's how the new synthetic drug sweeping the US affects the brain.

It was an ingredient in the cocktail of drugs that killed Prince.