It's unclear how he came across the drug, which has prompted warnings by law enforcement that breathing in or even touching a small speck of it can be fatal.
People, often children, risk getting stuck by discarded needles, raising the prospect they could contract blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV.
The Senate health care bill would be a "disaster" that would derail the battle against opioid addiction, critics say.
An Akron school board member who opposes equipping nurses with Narcan says they could be a "crutch" for students who do drugs.
The union urged McKesson Corp. shareholders to turn thumbs down to a $1.1 million bonus awarded this year to Chief Executive John Hammergren.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Considers Making Doctors Learn About the Risks of Opioids
Arrested opioid users find swift treatment in America's first opioid crisis intervention court.
An Ohio sheriff says administering Narcan to people who repeatedly overdose is 'sucking the taxpayers dry.'
Opioid prescriptions are triple what they were in 1999, the CDC found. Too many doctors still prescribe opioids inappropriately, driving the addiction epidemic.
West Virginia judge calls opioid plague 'a cancer' and stuns court by nixing plea deal offered drug dealer.
Ohio Councilman Dan Picard has been blasted as heartless after asking if the city was legally required to send EMTs to save addicts who have overdosed.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County District Court against Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan Plc and units of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
More than 20 percent of commercially insured Americans got a prescription for an opioid in 2015 alone, Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports
Kasey Rose Dischman survived her brush with death and her daughter was delivered via an emergency C-section, according to an arrest affidavit.
You're far more like to die of an opioid overdose than gunfire in the Cleveland area.
The FDA says the opioid drug Opana is too easy to abuse and must be pulled
The opioid crisis is battering Middle Georgia, where phony Percocet tablets appear to be behind a deadly wave of overdoses.
First responders receive guideline on dealing with fentanyl by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg.
The 18-month-old Ohio boy may be one of the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic ravaging Ohio.
It's called Subsys, and it's a painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine that was approved by the FDA for cancer patients whose agony can't be relieved by other narcotics alone.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor warned parents to be vigilant when a doctor prescribes painkillers to their kids.
The National Institutes of Health announced a new push to develop better drugs to fight addiction, to treat pain, and to stop overdoses.
The state’s lawsuit accuses the pharmaceutical companies of “borrowing a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook."
The plants, which are used to make opium, morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land near the town of Claremont, some 40 miles north of Charlotte.
Two staffers at an unlicensed Pennsylvania recovery home for drug addicts trying to kick their habits died on the same night from the same thing — overdoses from a lethal mix of heroin and fentanyl.
Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department used a bare hand to brush the powder off his chest — and overdosed an hour later.
New cases of hepatitis C have nearly tripled in the past five years, driven mostly by people sharing needles to inject drugs, the CDC said.
The nation's top law enforcement officer is heading to the state where a resident dies every 10 hours of a fatal drug overdose.
Acryl fentanyl has already killed 44 people in Chicago and it is resistant to the overdose antidote naxolene.
"Pink" is the ingredient that sets Gray Death apart from the other opioid-laced heroin concoctions ravaging America.
About 12 percent of Americans who died on opioid overdoses in 2015 were Floridians, the most recent statistics show.
The heroin addicts whose stories are told in "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" all began by abusing prescription painkillers.
The federal government promised nearly $500 million to all 50 states to help fight the opioid crisis.
Judge told drug dealer who sold heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer he's lucky none of the 28 who overdosed died.
Chronic pain sufferers in Ohio say efforts to limit the amount of pain killers than can be prescribed will drive some underground to get their meds.
The cellphone footage is jarring: An apparently stoned motorist is slumped behind the wheel of a van stopped in the middle of an Ohio street.
Facing an epidemic of deadly opioid overdoses, Ohio moves to limit painkiller prescriptions to seven days.
Gov. Chris Christie and President Donald Trump will join forces to fight the nation's opioid epidemic
Chris Christie, who heads the White House commission to combat drug addiction, knows what it's like to lose somebody to an overdose.
The number of people trying and abusing heroin has gone up by nearly five times in the U.S. since 2002, and white men are especially affected.
More than 33,000 people died from opioids, which include prescription painkillers and heroin, in 2015. The CDC calls it an overdose epidemic.
Nearly a decade after an opioid onslaught, Everett, Washington, is still struggling with the cost. And now the city wants Purdue Pharma to pay.
An infant died in her bassinet of dehydration and starvation days after her parents died from suspected drug overdoses, authorities said.
The photos have opened a new front in the drug battle, with addiction experts saying the photos violate people's privacy and can fuel stigma.
At the scene of an overdose, an officer snapped a photo that would turn a family's struggle with addiction into a public symbol of the opioid crisis.
The synthetic opioid known as pink, which may have killed two 13-year-olds in Utah, can be ordered legally through the mail.
A new medication, the first of its kind, has just been approved by the FDA for people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers.
Audrey Stepp, 9, insisted that she learn to administer the drug in case her big brother ever suffered a heroin overdose.
A dramatic rise in drug overdoses has triggered a new movement among police that favors treatment over jail.
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America's opioid addiction epidemic.
Anthony Vita, 36, was arrested in Virginia Tuesday for the November death of Morgan Axe and her unborn child in upstate New York.
As the U.S. heroin epidemic grows, so does the wait list for federally-funded rehab.
"What really matters is keeping some other person, especially a child, from trying this," said the teen's mother, Dorothy Shuemake.
Naloxone, heralded for its power to reverse overdoses, allows victims to live another day. But its popularity has shed new light on gaps in treatment.
DEA figures show a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along the southwest border since 2008, with 4,653 pounds being confiscated last year.
After two heroin overdoses and five relapses, Dan Gordenstein says he's ready to show his mother he is sorry by "getting better."
Eric Holder said law enforcement personnel who expect to come in contact with drug abusers should be equipped with Naxolone.
Two mothers trying to stay clean are coping with the consequences of drug addiction and its impact on their children.
A mother from Missouri describes how her life has changed since her two sons became addicted to heroin.
Heroin users have nearly doubled in the last five years and emergency visits keep climbing.
Heroin use in the U.S. is an "urgent public health crisis," officials say. If you know anyone suffering from substance abuse, find resources here.
Vermont residents tell NBC News about their struggle with heroin abuse and the toll it has taken on their personal lives.
Attorney General Holder called heroin an "urgent public health crisis" touching every state, walk of life and "all too often, with deadly results."
Most addicts aren't in treatment, and most who are quit or relapse. An addiction expert whose son died of an overdose plans to fix the system.