At a Moment of Success, U.S.C. Is Rocked by Scandal

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JENNIFER MEDINA July 25, 2017 LOS ANGELES — When the University of Southern California lured a world-class ophthalmologist to run its medical school 10 years ago, it was part of a long, concerted effort to transform...

U.S.C. Moves to Fire Former Medical School Dean Over Drug Allegations

By HANNAH ALANI July 22, 2017 The University of Southern California said on Friday it was moving to fire the former dean of its medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito, after revelations that he had engaged in drug use during his tenure. The doctor was...

States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No.

By AVANTIKA CHILKOTI July 15, 2017 In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for conservatives, last year’s elections also yielded a win for liberals in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. But the growing industry...

A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS July 13, 2017 RICHMOND, Ky. — Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day. Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health...

Opioid Prescriptions Fall After 2010 Peak, C.D.C. Report Finds

By ABBY GOODNOUGH July 6, 2017 WASHINGTON — The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41...

Coast Guard Faces Challenges at Sea, and at the Budget Office

By RON NIXON July 4, 2017 ALAMEDA, Calif. — Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of Coast Guard operations in the Pacific Area, has a challenge almost as vast as the ocean he patrols in search of drug traffickers, with responsibilities for an area that...