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BC-US--Overcoming Opioids,ADVISORY, US

BC-US--Overcoming Opioids,ADVISORY, US

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

About 2.4 million Americans are hooked on powerful prescription painkillers or their illicit cousin, heroin. Every day, an opioid overdose kills 91 people in the U.S., and many hundreds more are brought back from the brink of death. This devastating outbreak is straining law enforcement and health departments across the country, and tearing the fabric of communities in every state.

In Overcoming Opioids, The Associated Press chronicles efforts to climb out of the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history through an occasional series of stories, photos, videos and interactives.

The stories planned or produced so far are below. Reruns of stories are available at http://apexchange.com, from the Service Desk at 800-838-4616, or your local AP bureau.

This advisory will be updated with new content when it becomes available. For questions about the project, contact Health & Science Editor Jonathan Fahey at jfahey@ap.org.

Note: Adds OVERCOMING OPIOIDS-POST-OP ALTERNATIVES and SCIENCE SAYS-OPIOID ADDICTION for May 2.

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OVERCOMING OPIOIDS-POST-OP ALTERNATIVES

BALTIMORE — The nation's opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to begin rolling out non-addictive alternatives to treatments that have long been the mainstay for the severe pain of trauma and surgery, so they don't save patients' lives or limbs only to have them fall under the grip of addiction. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 1,230 words, photos and video moving at 1 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 2.

With: Science Says-Opioid Addiction — Animated explainer video showing how opioid addiction happens in the brain.

OVERCOMING OPIODS-SOBER AT 17

INDIANAPOLIS — When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers. She was just 14. She's now trying to start fresh at one of the nation's three dozen recovery high schools, which research suggests may help kids avoid relapse. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video and graphics.

OVERCOMING OPIOIDS-BETTER DRUGS

Nothing seems to work as well as opioids for pain — or so we thought, until 2 million Americans became hooked on them and evidence grew that they're not so great for chronic pain after all. Now, a host of novel medicines are in testing, from drugs that target more specific pathways and types of pain to ones that make recovering from surgery easier and avoid the need for pain pills after patients go home. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video and graphics.