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  • DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota, Dec 7- Two days after giving birth in the summer of 2014, Reanne Pederson left a hospital with her baby boy Avery and a prescription for 20 hydrocodone pills to treat pain. "I'll regret it forever," she said in an interview here, in her hometown of Devils Lake. But the police detective who investigated the baby's death also faults those who...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- When Congress adopted the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act in 2003, the intent- spelled out in the law- was to ensure protection for drug-dependent newborns, not to punish mothers battling addiction. "If you're in a state where a report is made and social services are great, they're going to help this mom and get home health care, then that's...

  • Dec 7,- Reporter Duff Wilson reviewed more than 50,000 pages of documents and interviewed more than 300 people to assess the impact of opioids on newborns. Reporters Wilson and John Shiffman interviewed mothers in seven states- including three mothers who are currently in prison- as well as doctors, nurses, social workers, drug counselors, prosecutors, defense...

  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia, Dec 7- This story has a chance of ending happily. But it begins last fall in a mangy downtown apartment as Katy Yeager, seven months pregnant, stares at a syringe and the crumpled foil that holds $40 worth of heroin. Yeager, 24, had been clean since leaving jail eight months earlier.

  • BROOKSVILLE, Florida, Dec 7- Jennifer Lacey Frazier recently completed drug treatment and parenting classes. In December 2011, Frazier gave birth to Jacey at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. Records show the North Carolina hospital did precisely that.

  • LEHIGHTON, Pennsylvania, Dec 7- Brayden Cummings turned 6 weeks old the morning his mother suffocated him. High on methamphetamine, Xanax and the methadone prescribed to help her kick a heroin habit, 20- year-old Tory Schlier told police that she was "fuzzy" about what happened to her baby boy. Like more than 130,000 other children born in the United States in the...

  • Prescription drugs

    An FDA rule created to spur drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases is being used far beyond its original scope, critics say.

  • Pharmaceuticals health care drugs cost

    Americans concerned about not being able to afford treatments shouldn't blame drug companies, a former health advisor to George W. Bush says.

  • Prescription drugs

    Fifty-six percent of people know someone who used painkillers without prescription, been addicted to them or fatally overdosed.

  • Should drug ads be banned?

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports the American Medical Association has called for a ban on direct-to-consumer prescription drug ads.

  • Mariya Savinova of Russia wins silver in the Women's 800 metres final of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Aug. 18, 2013.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency reported that Russian athletes engage in widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs. Russia's media aren't having it.

  • The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency has defended his handling of the Russian athletics scandal, the New York Times reports.

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    Michael Babich, CEO of Insys Therapeutics, which is subject to several state and federal inquiries about its painkiller Subsys, is out.

  • SUBSYS image from video

    One drug company has swept into the painkiller market, pushing a deadly opioid beyond its medical purpose. But it's now under investigation.

  • At least 12 tons of marijuana were seized by authorities after a secret tunnel was discovered along the United States and Mexico border on Thursday.

  • Martin Shkreli

    A specialty drug company says it can offer a cheap alternative to compete with Turing's controversial $750 pill that sparked outrage.

  • U.S. prosecutors are probing Valeant Pharmaceuticals over how it prices and distributes drugs, the Canadian pharma giant revealed late Wednesday.

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  • Cholesterol in blood stream.

    The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol.

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    The Federal Trade Commission now considers any attempt to scare customers into silence unacceptable and a violation of the law. NBC News reports.