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September 18, 2021, 3:01 AM

Use of OxyContin profits to fight opioids formally approved

A judge formally approved the plan Friday.
September 18, 2021, 3:01 AM
Use of OxyContin profits to fight opioids formally approved
September 10, 2021, 5:33 AM

Endo latest company to settle with New York over opioids

The drugmaker Endo International is the latest company to settle a New York case over opioids
September 10, 2021, 5:33 AM
September 2, 2021, 3:29 PM

Deal with OxyContin maker leaves families angry, conflicted

There was no apology and no fortune taken from the Sackler family.
September 2, 2021, 3:29 PM
Deal with OxyContin maker leaves families angry as Sacklers face few consequences
September 2, 2021, 2:30 AM

Judge conditionally approves Purdue Pharma opioid settlement

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved with conditions a historic opioid settlement between Purdue Pharma and thousands of local and state governments
September 2, 2021, 2:30 AM
Judge conditionally approves Purdue Pharma opioid settlement
1 month ago

OxyContin maker's lawyer warns of long, expensive litigation

A lawyer for Purdue Pharma says the company's settlement plan is the only way to avoid long and expensive litigation
1 month ago
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Senators question FDA on work with opioid maker consultant

Several U.S. senators are questioning the Food and Drug Administration’s work with a consulting firm that helped businesses sell prescription painkillers during the nation’s overdose crisis
1 month ago
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Ex-chair of Purdue denies responsibility for opioid crisis

Former Purdue Pharma president and chair Richard Sackler says he, his family and the company do not have any responsibility for the opioid crisis in the United States
1 month ago
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Experts question viral video of San Diego deputy's fentanyl encounter

"The last thing that we need is misinformation circulating about fentanyl because this will lead to ill-informed and ineffective responses."
1 month ago
Experts question viral video of San Diego deputy's fentanyl encounter
1 month ago

WVa lawsuit against opioid makers set for April 2022 trial

A lawsuit filed by the state of West Virginia accusing several opioid manufacturers of misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs will go to trial next April
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2 months ago

Prosecutors reach landmark $26 billion opioid settlement with drug companies

The settlement comes after overdose deaths hit a record high 93,000 last year.
2 months ago
 Prosecutors reach landmark $26 billion opioid settlement with drug companies
2 months ago

4 companies on verge of settling US opioid lawsuits

The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal to settle lawsuits brought by state and local governments across the country over the toll of prescription opioids
2 months ago
2 months ago

4 companies on verge of settling US opioid lawsuits

The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal to settle lawsuits brought by state and local governments across the country over the toll of prescription opioids
2 months ago
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Justice Department has 'concerns' about Purdue Pharma bankruptcy exit plan

The Justice Department objected to Purdue Pharma’s plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2 months ago
Justice Department has 'concerns' about Purdue Pharma bankruptcy exit plan
2 months ago

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

“This is a staggering loss of human life."
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Major opioid epidemic trial begins

A dozen drug manufacturers and distributors accused of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic faced a jury for the first time Tuesday.
3 months ago
Major opioid epidemic trial begins
3 months ago

Major opioid epidemic trial begins in New York

A dozen drug manufacturers and distributors accused of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic face a jury for the first time Tuesday.
3 months ago
Major opioid epidemic trial begins
3 months ago

Johnson & Johnson to end sale of opioids, settles New York case for $230 million

Johnson & Johnson will pay $230 million to resolve opioids-related claims in a settlement reached with New York Attorney General Letitia James.
3 months ago
Johnson & Johnson ends opioid sales, settles New York case for $230 million
3 months ago

J&J agrees to pay $230M to settle New York opioid claim

It settles claims that the pharmaceutical giant helped fuel the opioid crisis.
3 months ago
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Kentucky AG sues CVS Health over state's opioid problems

Kentucky’s attorney general is suing CVS Health
4 months ago
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Pharma executive blames vague DEA rules for opioid epidemic

A drug company executive testifying in a landmark trial against three large opioid distributors is still blaming the Drug Enforcement Administration for West Virginia’s addiction epidemic
4 months ago
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More fentanyl seized by CBP so far in 2021 than in all of 2020

As of April, 6,494 pounds of fentanyl were seized by authorities at the border, compared to 4,776 pounds in all of 2020. Fentanyl seizures have been increasing since 2018
4 months ago
More fentanyl seized by CBP so far in 2021 than in all of 2020
4 months ago

1st look at new documentary ‘The Crime of the Century’

The new HBO film is a searing expose of the opioid crisis in America with never-before-seen interviews and newly leaked documents.
4 months ago
1st look at new documentary ‘The Crime of the Century’
5 months ago

West Virginia lawmakers approve needle exchange regulations

Nation is experiencing a spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use.
5 months ago
6 months ago

The seen and unseen threat of fentanyl: OPINION

The fentanyl epidemic has affected all parts of American society.
6 months ago
How to contain the growing threat of fentanyl: OPINION
6 months ago

Sackler family to pay $4.2 billion toward opioid lawsuit settlement, documents show

The Sackler family will pay $4.2 billion as part of the opioid lawsuit settlement and will relinquish control of the company as part of a restructuring plan.
6 months ago
Sackler family to pay $4.2 billion toward opioid lawsuit settlement
6 months ago

Dying of loneliness: What COVID-19 has taught us about the opioid epidemic

Hospital visits for opioid overdoses rose 29% in 2020.
6 months ago
Dying of loneliness: What COVID-19 has taught us about the opioid epidemic
6 months ago

Drug companies questioned about pandemic relief tax break, opioid settlement costs

House lawmakers on Friday questioned drug companies if they plan to use a COVID relief tax provision to boost deductions for the cost of opioid settlements.
6 months ago
Drug companies questioned about pandemic relief tax break, opioid settlement costs
7 months ago

Doctor who prescribed 'massive quantities of opioids' charged with murder

"This doctor’s prescription pad was as lethal as any murder weapon."
7 months ago
Doctor who prescribed 'massive quantities of opioids' charged with murder
7 months ago

Long Island doctor charged with murder in 5 opioid deaths

A Long Island doctor was indicted Thursday on murder charges, accused of writing prescriptions for massive quantities of opioids that led to the deaths of five patients
7 months ago
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Doctors who say no to opioid use face threats from patients

Doctors face increasing threats of violence for refusing to prescribe opioids.
7 months ago
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Opioid overdoses 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic: Study

A new study says opioid overdoses were up nearly 29% from 2019 to 2020.
7 months ago
How a hidden health crisis emerged during the COVID pandemic
9 months ago

Mexico fentanyl seizures soar by almost 500% in 2020

The Mexican army says fentanyl seizures increased by 486% in 2020
9 months ago
9 months ago

Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid crisis

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced it is suing Walmart.
9 months ago
Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid crisis
9 months ago

Purdue Pharma Sacklers face 1st public hearing on role in opioid crisis

A member of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, expressed "sadness" over the nation's opioid epidemic during a congressional hearing Thursday.
9 months ago
Purdue Pharma Sacklers face 1st public hearing on role in opioid crisis
9 months ago

Family members who own Purdue to appear before Congress

Two members of the Sackler family have agreed to make a rare public appearance to take questions from a congressional committee that is investigating the role of the company they own, Purdue Pharma, in fueling the nation's opioid epidemic
9 months ago
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Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s fentanyl pipeline

In an episode of her new National Geographic series “Trafficked,” Mariana van Zeller follows the cartel as it sources materials for fentanyl, makes the deadly drug and traffics it into the U.S.
10 months ago
Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s fentanyl pipeline
10 months ago

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, pleads guilty to charges related to nation's opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma is expected to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges Tuesday.
10 months ago
Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to charges related to nation's opioid crisis
10 months ago

Judge approves OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma's settlement over 'multiple serious felonies'

Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, is seeking bankruptcy court approval regarding a settlement with the DOJ that includes a guilty plea and $8 billion in penalties.
10 months ago
Judge approves Purdue Pharma's settlement over 'multiple serious felonies'
1 year ago

DOJ makes $8B settlement with Purdue Pharma, OxyContin manufacturer, for role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department is expected to announce on Wednesday a settlement of civil and criminal charges.
1 year ago
DOJ makes $8B settlement with OxyContin manufacturer for role in opioid crisis
1 year ago

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race
1 year ago
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
1 year ago

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against the other big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower
1 year ago
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ABC News Live Update: Brain surgery could curb opioid addiction

Plus, New York City’s mayor delays in-person learning for the second time, and the fires out West have burned at least 3.4 million acres.
1 year ago
ABC News Live Update: Brain surgery could curb opioid addiction
1 year ago

Brain surgery may combat opioid addiction

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, via pacemaker technology may help those battling the addiction, which kills 128 Americans every day.
1 year ago
Brain surgery may combat opioid addiction
1 year ago

Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says

Nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized by the government.
1 year ago
Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says
1 year ago

Deadly opioid 'ISO' implicated in at least 19 overdoses in US after China bans fentanyl

Experts are concerned ISO might be the newest dangerous illegal opioid claiming lives.
1 year ago
Deadly opioid 'ISO' implicated in at least 19 overdoses
1 year ago

States says opioid crisis has cost them $630B since 2007

U.S. state and territorial governments say the opioid crisis has cost them $630 billion since 2007 and that the cost could balloon to more than $2 trillion over the next two decades
1 year ago
Opioid crisis has cost $630B since 2007, state says
2 years ago

Video shows opioid-addicted woman ask for medical attention before her death

Madelyn Linsenmeir, 30, died in police custody.
2 years ago
Video shows opioid-addicted woman ask for medical attention before her death
2 years ago

Family of opioid-addicted suspect sues police over her death

The family of a Vermont woman whose obituary gained national attention for its discussion about her opioid addiction has filed a lawsuit accusing police and jail staff of denying her proper medical care and causing her death
2 years ago
2 years ago

Opioid crisis may be worse than thought

A new study has discovered that an under-reporting of opioid-related deaths shows that the problem may be worse than previously thought.
2 years ago
Opioid crisis may be worse than thought
2 years ago

The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight

A substantial share of the documentation on fatal drug overdoses may be missing information on the specific drug that caused the overdose
2 years ago
The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight