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December 22, 2023

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Fentanyl and the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction has become one of the United States’ biggest killers, endangering public health, the economy, and national security. But closing the floodgates on fentanyl poses a significant foreig…

Photos of fentanyl victims are on display at The Faces of Fentanyl Memorial at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters.

July 20, 2023

Global Health Program
Reporting on Fentanyl and the Opioid Crisis

Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses policies aimed at ending the opioid crisis, challenges to stopping the flow of fentanyl across borders, and how this affects …

Play An exchange of drugs between two people.

December 21, 2023

United States
These Eight Charts Show Why Fentanyl Is a Huge Foreign Policy Problem

Overdoses involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the leading cause of death among young Americans and a threat to U.S. public health, the economy, and national security. Combating the epi…

May 18, 2018

Drug Policy
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Speakers examine the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and compare global responses to opioid addiction, discuss the effects on the U.S. economy and labor force, and explore potential medi…

Play Opioids

November 9, 2017

Health Policy and Initiatives
The Growing U.S. Opioid Crisis: Lessons From Around the World

Speakers discuss the growing opioid epidemic in cities across the United States, the influx of inexpensive heroin and potent synthetics such as fentanyl, and the lessons the United States can learn f…

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October 25, 2023

Drug Policy
America’s Fentanyl Epidemic: The China Connection

Over the past few years, a new threat has emerged as a leading cause of death in the United States: fentanyl. Yet even as the drug wreaks havoc on Americans lives, preventing its flow into the United…

Podcast Illicit prescription pills laced with fentanyl.