Senior editor leaves ‘Times Health’ for Center for Public Integrity

Photo Times reporter Stefanie Dazio, who spent months reporting on the opioid crisis for the national medical program, “Times Health,” has left the paper for a similar position with the Center for Public Integrity,…

Senior editor leaves ‘Times Health’ for Center for Public Integrity

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Times reporter Stefanie Dazio, who spent months reporting on the opioid crisis for the national medical program, “Times Health,” has left the paper for a similar position with the Center for Public Integrity, Politico reported.

The team at “Times Health” has completed a rigorous initial study of the epidemic, which can be ordered by a judge, POLITICO reported. The project, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004, surveyed people in Kentucky, Washington and West Virginia, and concluded that more needs to be done to combat the epidemic.

In 2016, only Louisiana had more people killed by opioids, according to STAT, and it was Kentucky that experienced an estimated 50 percent increase in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. New federal data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that opioid overdose deaths rose by 37 percent in 2017, with about 69,000 people dying last year.

Like many journalists, Ms. Dazio joined the Times in a different field, before becoming a nationally-recognized writer. She covered pharmaceutical companies, the bond market and big mergers for decades, according to news reports.

It’s unclear what, if any, coverage of the opioid crisis she’ll write for the Center for Public Integrity.

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