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February 17, 2020, 7:40 AM

Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says

Franklin County experienced 10 overdose deaths on one day.
February 17, 2020, 7:40 AM
Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says
February 15, 2020, 2:13 PM

Parents of college student who died after taking fentanyl want to shed light on 'ugly subject'

The parents of a college senior who took fentanyl hope to bring a conversation to the dark subject.
February 15, 2020, 2:13 PM
Parents whose child died after taking fentanyl want to shed light on 'ugly subject'
February 12, 2020, 10:06 PM

21-year-old dies after taking Xanax laced with fentanyl

Madeline Globe took what she believed was anti-anxiety medication and never woke up.
February 12, 2020, 10:06 PM
21-year-old dies after taking Xanax laced with fentanyl
January 28, 2020, 7:03 PM

Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young

Individuals aged 15 to 24 years have experienced a decline in treatment from a lifesaving medication.
January 28, 2020, 7:03 PM
Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young
1 month ago

These insurance companies pledged $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis

A coalition of health insurers pledged a $55 million investment to help manufacture generic prescription drugs at lower prices Thursday.
1 month ago
Insurers pledge $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis
1 month ago

Drugmaker head sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis: Part 2

John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 for his role in a scheme to coax doctors to prescribe the fentanyl spray SUBSYS.
1 month ago
Drugmaker head sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis: Part 2
1 month ago

How prosecutors say drugmaker carried out scheme to sell powerful opioid: Part 1

A war veteran who says his SUBSYS painkiller prescription brought him close to death, a whistleblower and a woman’s family were all on a crusade to hold the drug company Insys' executives accountable.
1 month ago
How prosecutors say drugmaker carried out scheme to sell powerful opioid: Part 1
1 month ago

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

The nation's drug addiction crisis has morphed in a deadly new direction with more Americans hooked on meth and cocaine
1 month ago
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Insys Therapeutics executive sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying about opioid addiction

Michael Gurry was the former vice president of the opioid manufacturer.
1 month ago
Opioid exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison
1 month ago

Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker

The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers
1 month ago
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Washington state sues Johnson & Johnson over opioid crisis

Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction
2 months ago
Company sued for 'deceptive marketing' amid opioid crisis
2 months ago

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Companies don’t make money selling cheap morphine to the poor and dying.
2 months ago
Making morphine saved this country from US-style opioids crisis
2 months ago

Caring for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic has claimed almost 400,000 lives and ravaged communities.
2 months ago
Caring for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis
2 months ago

Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process

Candidates campaign in Iowa with less than two months before the caucuses.
2 months ago
Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process
3 months ago

Tennessee doctor pleads guilty to overprescribing opioids

A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine
3 months ago
Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids
3 months ago

Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US

Although life expectancy in the U.S. increased by almost 10 years between 1959 and 2016, to 78.9 years from 69.9 years, that progress began to slow down in the 1980s and plateaued in 2011.
3 months ago
Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
3 months ago

'Deaths of despair': Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US

Life expectancy in the U.S. has been dropping for three years now.
3 months ago
Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
3 months ago

Opioid more deadly than fentanyl found in Seattle

Carfentanil, first detected in March, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, according to the DEA.
3 months ago
Opioid more deadly than fentanyl found in Seattle
4 months ago

New surgery to curb opioid crisis

A patient who underwent brain surgery to stop an opioid addiction shares his experience.
4 months ago
New surgery to curb opioid crisis
4 months ago

White House unveils new website to combat opioid crisis and treat the 'whole person' said Kellyanne Conway

The White House unveiled on Wednesday Findtreatment.gov, a website aimed at helping Americans locate substance abuse treatment more easily.
4 months ago
White House unveils new website to combat opioid addiction epidemic
4 months ago

Large fentanyl seizure called 'weapon of mass destruction' by Ohio attorney general

Over 40 pounds of fentanyl was seized in an Ohio drug bust that officials are saying amounts to "chemical warfare."
4 months ago
Massive fentanyl seizure 'enough to kill everyone' in the state, officials say
4 months ago

'It’s an overdose crisis': Mac Miller's death investigation highlights a dangerous trend in the opioid epidemic

Investigators announced charges against three men in the overdose death of Mac Miller, alleging they distributed counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl.
4 months ago
Mac Miller's overdose death highlights a dangerous trend in the opioid epidemic
4 months ago

Meth, not fentanyl, driving overdose deaths in western US

In the majority of states west of the Mississippi River, methamphetamine was the most common drug implicated in drug overdose deaths, according to a government report.
4 months ago
Meth, not fentanyl, driving overdose deaths in western US
4 months ago

4 companies agree to $260M opioid settlement in Ohio

The three drug distributors and one manufacturer settled claims in two counties hours before a federal trial was set to begin in Cleveland.
4 months ago
4 companies agree to $260M opioid settlement in Ohio
4 months ago

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the toll of opioids, averting the first federal trial on the crisis
4 months ago
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit
4 months ago

Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial in Ohio

Major drug companies reached a tentative settlement for their involvement in the opioid crisis just hours before the case was set to go to trial.
4 months ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial
4 months ago

Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement

Hours before a landmark opioid trial was set to start in an Ohio courthouse, major drug distributors and manufacturer agreed to a tentative settlement.
4 months ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement
4 months ago

Opioid trial reaches settlement

Four out of the five companies involved in the federal opioid trial in Ohio have reached a $260 million settlement.
4 months ago
Opioid trial reaches settlement
4 months ago

Federal opioid trial begins Monday

State and local governments are taking on the makers and distributors of highly addictive painkillers in Cleveland.
4 months ago
Federal opioid trial begins Monday
4 months ago

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

More than 2,000 suits seek to hold drug makers accountable for opioid crisis.
4 months ago
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Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Key differences were between state AGs and lawyers for local governments.
4 months ago
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Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Negotiations to settle thousands of lawsuits over the toll of opioids are broadening days before opening arguments are scheduled in the first federal trial on the drug crisis
4 months ago
Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial
4 months ago

Local businesses work together to combat Ohio's growing opioid crisis

House of Hope and Hot Chicken Takeover deal with Ohio's drug addiction crisis.
4 months ago
Local businesses work together to combat Ohio's growing opioid crisis
4 months ago

Community partners fight Ohio's opioid epidemic

House of Hope offers treatment to an increasing number of people addicted to opiates, and Hot Chicken Takeover is employing people in recovery.
4 months ago
Community partners fight Ohio's opioid epidemic
4 months ago

New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions

The department of health and human services advised doctors that cutting off pain patients' prescriptions could do more harm than good.
4 months ago
New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions
4 months ago

People in rural areas face long drives for opioid addiction treatments

Many in rural areas with easy access to primary care still find opioid treatments inaccessible.
4 months ago
People in rural areas face long drives for opioid addiction treatments
5 months ago

Virginia doctor sentenced for illegally prescribing opioids to patients

Dr. Joel Smithers was sentenced to 40 years in prison after prescribing more than half a million opioid pills.
5 months ago
Virginia doctor sentenced for illegally prescribing opioids to patients
5 months ago

Johnson & Johnson to pay $20.4 million as part of Ohio opioid lawsuits settlement

Johnson & Johnson announced it will pay a total of $20.4 million to settle opioid lawsuits in two Ohio counties.
5 months ago
Johnson & Johnson to pay $20.4 million to settle opioid lawsuits in Ohio
5 months ago

Virginia doctor faces up to life in prison in opioid case

He was convicted of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing opioids.
5 months ago
Virginia doctor faces up to life in prison in opioid case
5 months ago

10 deaths in 26 hours amid growing overdose epidemic in Ohio

Ohio has been one of the hardest-hit areas in the growing fentanyl, opioid epidemic.
5 months ago
10 deaths in 26 hours amid growing overdose epidemic in Ohio
5 months ago

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

A doctor who authorities say ran what amounted to an interstate drug distribution ring faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced next month
5 months ago
Doctor facing life in prison for opioid doses
5 months ago

Judge in opioid litigation won't remove himself from case

The federal judge in Cleveland overseeing national opioid litigation has denied the requests of several drug companies to remove himself from the case
5 months ago
5 months ago

Report: Opioids settlement won't fix areas hardest hit

An analysis finds that a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will not reverse the financial and social ills of the areas hardest hit by the crisis
5 months ago
Opioids settlement won't fix areas hardest hit: Report
5 months ago

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filing comes just days after the company behind OxyContin reached a tentative settlement with several state and local governments.
5 months ago
Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy
5 months ago

Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge

Drug distributors, pharmacies, retailers face trial over the opioid crisis.
5 months ago
5 months ago

NY finds $1B in hidden transfers by family behind OxyContin

New York's attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday that the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves
5 months ago
Sackler family used Swiss banks to hide transfers: Filings
5 months ago

State attorneys general call Purdue Pharma settlement a 'slap in the face' for victims of opioid crisis

"This apparent settlement is a slap in the face to everyone who has had to bury a loved one due to this family’s destruction and greed."
5 months ago
State attorneys general call Purdue Pharma settlement a 'slap in the face'
5 months ago

Purdue Pharma says settlement talks in opioid cases not over

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and lead lawyers for local governments say they would like to continue settlement negotiations a day after two state attorneys general said talks had reached an impasse
5 months ago
A Purdue bankruptcy would make opioids cases even messier
5 months ago

MLB, union to discuss opioids testing after Skaggs death

Major League Baseball and the players' association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs
5 months ago
6 months ago

Where did the Sacklers move cash from their opioid maker?

A settlement of claims that Purdue Pharma helped fuel the opioid epidemic may be at hand, but the question remains: Where are the billions Purdue's owners, the Sackler family, took from the company?
6 months ago
Where did the family accused of profiting from opioid crisis move cash?