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Law's One-Word Change
Results in Babies Being Taken
Jul 1, 2023 5:30 AM CDT
Law's One-Word Change Results in Babies Being Taken
New moms following doctors' orders to take anti-addiction meds are losing custody
- A story in the
New York Times Magazine
illustrates a nightmare situation encountered by thousands of new moms across the US: They risk losing custody of their newborns because they're following doctors' orders and taking anti-addiction medication. The story by Shoshana Walter traces the issue to a 2016 federal...
US Army Sees Record Number
of Fatal ODs From This Drug
Jun 14, 2023 8:28 AM CDT
US Army Sees Record Number of Fatal ODs From This Drug
Fentanyl is hitting all military branches, but none as hard as the Army, and loved ones want answers
- Earlier this year, Congress received some sobering data from the Department of Defense showing that fentanyl was involved in 88% of the 2021 deaths of US troops who'd died of drug overdoses—up from just 36% five years earlier. "Our military is not immune to the opioid epidemic,...
288 Arrested in Massive
Dark Web Drug Crackdown
May 3, 2023 2:30 AM CDT
288 Arrested in Massive Dark Web Drug Crackdown
Though AG admits it's 'a bit of a whack-a-mole problem'
- A crackdown on the trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs on the dark web led to 288 arrests, 153 of those in the US, authorities say. The 18-month-long operation spanning nine countries on three continents was known as Operation SpecTor, and it also resulted in the seizure of more than...
on the Faucets'
Win Big Case
Mar 2, 2023 6:35 AM CST
Opioid Distributors That 'Turned on the Faucets' Win Big Case
Plaintiffs lose complaint in Georgia in which they'd sued distributors as if they were drug dealers
- A trio of opioid distributors emerged victorious at a Georgia trial on Wednesday, in the first lawsuit from private individuals against pharma companies that made it to trial. Per Reuters , the verdict was handed down in Glynn County Superior Court in favor of Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp., and the regional...
Pentagon to Military Members:
Stop Eating Poppy Seeds
Feb 22, 2023 10:40 AM CST
Pentagon to Military Members: Stop Eating Poppy Seeds
They could cause a failed drug test, memo warns
- It's a lesson that Elaine learned the hard way —and one that's not purely the stuff of TV lore . In a Feb. 17 memo , the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert Cisneros warned service members of the potential perils posed by poppy seeds as...
Narcan Could Soon Be
Available Over the Counter
Feb 16, 2023 4:10 AM CST
Narcan Could Soon Be Available Over the Counter
FDA panels support change making overdose-reversing drug much more widely available
- Two panels of Food and Drug Administration advisers have unanimously recommended that Narcan be made available over the counter, a move that could help reduce deaths in the ongoing opioid epidemic. The overdose-reducing nasal spray, known generically as naloxone, is already widely used by first responders and outreach workers. But...
Justice Department Sues
Wholesaler Over Opioid Crisis
Dec 29, 2022 5:40 PM CST
Justice Department Sues Wholesaler Over Opioid Crisis
AmerisourceBergen counters that it reported hundreds of suspicious orders
- The Justice Department claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a major drug wholesaler contributed to the deadly toll from opioids by ignoring warning signs about suspicious sales to its pharmacy customers. The 87-page civil enforcement action accuses AmerisourceBergen Corp. and two subsidiaries of failing to properly scrutinize orders for...
Researchers Have Created
a Vaccine Against Fentanyl
Dec 18, 2022 9:03 PM CST
Researchers Have Created a Vaccine Against Fentanyl
'Game changer' could prevent thousands of overdose deaths
- Drug Enforcement Administration chief Anne Milgram calls fentanyl the "single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered"—but researchers at the University of Houston may have found a way to dramatically cut deaths from the synthetic opioid. The team developed a vaccine that blocks fentanyl from entering...
Another Big Pharma
Chain Is About to
Fork Over Billions
Nov 16, 2022 6:44 AM CST
Another Big Pharma Chain Is About to Fork Over Billions
Walmart agrees to $3.1B settlement with states, tribes regarding opioid crisis
- Walmart has joined two other big pharmacy chains in opening its wallet wide to help fix the opioid epidemic that many say they helped cause. The
Wall Street Journal
reports that Walmart has agreed to fork over $3.1 billion to settle lawsuits from multiple states, municipalities, and Native American...
Former LA Angels Employee
Gets 22 Years in Pitcher's Death
Oct 11, 2022 7:14 PM CDT
Former LA Angels Employee Gets 22 Years in Pitcher's Death
Judge added 2 years because of remarks Eric Kay made about Tyler Skaggs
: Former Los Angeles Angels staff member Eric Kay has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for giving pitcher Tyler Skaggs the drugs that killed him. District Judge Terry Means said he was sentencing Eric Kay, the team's former communications director, to two years over the statutory...
Pharmacy Chains Ordered
to Pay Ohio Counties $650M
Aug 17, 2022 4:47 PM CDT
Pharmacy Chains Ordered to Pay Ohio Counties $650M
They lost a landmark opioids case last year
- A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities and created a public nuisance. US District Judge Dan...
SF City Attorney: 'Walgreens
Filled Our Streets With Opioids'
Aug 10, 2022 6:15 PM CDT
SF City Attorney: 'Walgreens Filled Our Streets With Opioids'
Judge rules that chain can be held responsible for contributing to crisis
- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law. San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy...
Former Opioid Maker Settles
With States for $2.4B
Jul 30, 2022 1:50 PM CDT
Former Opioid Maker Settles With States for $2.4B
Allergan agreement lifts industry's total payments past $40B
- A former opioid manufacturer has agreed in principle to pay up to $2.4 billion in a deal with a dozen states over its marketing and product safety practices, state attorneys general announced. The company, Allergan, is now part of AbbVie but sold its generics division Actavis, including its opioid...
Opioid Crisis May Cost
Jul 27, 2022 1:41 AM CDT
Opioid Crisis May Cost Drugmaker $4.25B
Teva Pharmaceuticals deal has not yet been finalized
- Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest opioid painkiller producers during the opioid crisis, has reached a tentative settlement to end thousands of lawsuits against it. The deal, which some outlets are reporting as worth up to $4.25 billion while others put it at up to $4.35 billion, would...
Canada Takes Bold Step to
'Remove the Shame' on Drugs
Jun 1, 2022 8:11 AM CDT
Canada Takes Bold Step to 'Remove the Shame' on Drugs
Small amounts of 'hard' drugs to be temporarily decriminalized in British Columbia to fight ODs
- If you're busted in British Columbia with a small amount of hard drugs, you could soon see some grace, thanks to an innovative new program designed to deal with the OD crisis. The BBC reports that, starting at the end of January, drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), and...
Stat on Drug
May 11, 2022 11:15 AM CDT
CDC Reveals 'Truly Staggering' Stat on Drug Overdoses
More than 107K Americans suffered fatal ODs last year
- More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, setting another tragic record in the nation's escalating overdose epidemic, the CDC estimated Wednesday. The provisional 2021 total translates to roughly one US overdose death every five minutes. It marked a 15% increase from the previous record, set...
Study Reveals Startling
Stat on Synthetic Opioids
Mar 31, 2022 2:49 PM CDT
Study Reveals Startling Stat on Synthetic Opioids
Seizures of pills tainted with fentanyl are up 50-fold in just 4 years
- A new study led by New York University has a stat about drug seizures that speaks volumes about the nation's fentanyl problem : In the first quarter of 2018, authorities seized about 42,000 pills containing the highly potent drug, per the National Institutes of Health . In the last quarter...
Victim to Sacklers:
'I Hope Every Face
Mar 10, 2022 8:00 PM CST
Victim to Sacklers: 'I Hope Every Face Haunts You'
Hearing was part of the Purdue Pharma settlement
- Richard, Theresa, and David Sackler were forced to sit in silence Thursday as victims of the opioid epidemic told the owners of Purdue Pharma the damage Oxycontin had done to their lives and families. The session was mandated by the settlement that ended years of court fights, giving victims their...
OxyContin Settlement Includes
a Statement of 'Regret'
Mar 3, 2022 3:37 PM CST
OxyContin Settlement Includes a Statement of 'Regret'
Sacklers stop short of an unequivocal apology in opioid deal
- Purdue Pharma reached a nationwide settlement Thursday over its role in the opioid crisis, with the Sackler family members who own the company boosting their cash contribution to as much as $6 billion in a deal intended to staunch a flood of lawsuits facing the maker of OxyContin. The deal...
Sacklers Up Opioid Settlement,
With an Unpopular Condition
Feb 20, 2022 10:07 AM CST
Sacklers Up Opioid Settlement, With an Unpopular Condition
Family behind Purdue Pharma wants protection from future lawsuits, as well
- The family behind Purdue Pharma is willing to contribute another $1 billion to settle thousands of opioid crisis lawsuits, provided it buys the Sacklers immunity from all current and future civil cases. That protection was included in the first bankruptcy plan for the company, which was rejected last year by...
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