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October 22, 2020, 12:27 PM

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.
October 22, 2020, 12:27 PM
DOJ makes $8B settlement with OxyContin manufacturer for role in opioid crisis
October 21, 2020, 11:05 PM

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
October 21, 2020, 11:05 PM
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
1 month 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
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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 month ago
ABC News Live Update: Brain surgery could curb opioid addiction
1 month 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.
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Brain surgery may combat opioid addiction
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Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says

Nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized by the government.
1 month ago
Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says
2 months 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.
2 months ago
Deadly opioid 'ISO' implicated in at least 19 overdoses
2 months 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
2 months ago
Opioid crisis has cost $630B since 2007, state says
8 months ago

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

Madelyn Linsenmeir, 30, died in police custody.
8 months ago
Video shows opioid-addicted woman ask for medical attention before her death
8 months 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
8 months ago
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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.
8 months ago
Opioid crisis may be worse than thought
8 months 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
8 months ago
The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight
8 months ago

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

Lawyers for some state and local governments say the deal being offered by companies in a sweeping national settlement over the toll of opioids isn't enough
8 months ago
Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it
8 months ago

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

Franklin County experienced 10 overdose deaths on one day.
8 months ago
Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says
8 months ago

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.
8 months ago
Parents whose child died after taking fentanyl want to shed light on 'ugly subject'
8 months ago

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

Madeline Globe took what she believed was anti-anxiety medication and never woke up.
8 months ago
21-year-old dies after taking Xanax laced with fentanyl
9 months ago

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.
9 months ago
Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young
9 months 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.
9 months ago
Insurers pledge $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis
9 months 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.
9 months ago
Drugmaker head sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis: Part 2
9 months 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.
9 months ago
How prosecutors say drugmaker carried out scheme to sell powerful opioid: Part 1
9 months 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
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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.
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Opioid exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison
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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
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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
10 months ago
Company sued for 'deceptive marketing' amid opioid crisis
10 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.
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Making morphine saved this country from US-style opioids crisis
10 months ago

Caring for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis

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

Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process

Candidates campaign in Iowa with less than two months before the caucuses.
1 year ago
Democrats weigh in on next stage of impeachment process
1 year 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
1 year ago
Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids
1 year 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.
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Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
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'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.
1 year ago
Opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicide driving lower life expectancy in US
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Opioid more deadly than fentanyl found in Seattle
1 year ago

New surgery to curb opioid crisis

A patient who underwent brain surgery to stop an opioid addiction shares his experience.
1 year ago
New surgery to curb opioid crisis
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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.
1 year ago
White House unveils new website to combat opioid addiction epidemic
1 year 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."
1 year ago
Massive fentanyl seizure 'enough to kill everyone' in the state, officials say
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Mac Miller's overdose death highlights a dangerous trend in the opioid epidemic
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Meth, not fentanyl, driving overdose deaths in western US
1 year 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.
1 year ago
4 companies agree to $260M opioid settlement in Ohio
1 year 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
1 year ago
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Opioid trial reaches settlement
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Federal opioid trial begins Monday

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

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

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

Key differences were between state AGs and lawyers for local governments.
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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
1 year ago
Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Local businesses work together to combat Ohio's growing opioid crisis
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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.
1 year ago
Community partners fight Ohio's opioid epidemic
1 year 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.
1 year ago
New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions
1 year 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.
1 year ago
People in rural areas face long drives for opioid addiction treatments
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Virginia doctor sentenced for illegally prescribing opioids to patients