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Reckitt Benckiser, Former Invidior Parent Company, Settles US Investigation for $1.4 Billion

Reckitt Benckiser Pays the Biggest Opioid Settlement in History On July 11, Reckitt Benckiser, a UK-based health products manufacturer, reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to pay a settlement of $1.4 billion for its role in fueling the Opioid Epidemic. Reckitt Benckiser was the parent company of … Continued

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New Study Shows that Opioid Overdoses Are Higher in States With Legalized Medical Marijuana

States with Legalized Medical Marijuana See Rise in Opioid Overdoses One of the main arguments for the legalization of marijuana across the United States has been the idea that the drug can help combat the Opioid Epidemic. By giving doctors an alternative to the prescription of Opioids for treating chronic pain, many believe that the … Continued

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Insys Becomes First Opioid Manufacturer to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Insys, a Major Contributor to the Opioid Epidemic, Faces Justice In 1990, billionaire John Kapoor founded Insys Therapeutics. His company was destined to grow into a painkiller producer worth almost $150 million by 2017. Although Insys was successful for many years, recent awareness of the catastrophic Opioid Epidemic which Insys helped supply has finally stopped … Continued

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Access to Naloxone & Reducing Stigma Vital to Saving Lives

Study Shows Naloxone Availability Vital to Saving Lives In the nation’s capital, emergency room visits involving a suspected Heroin overdose fell by 67.5% between 2017 and 2018. Alongside the District of Columbia, ten states (a majority on the eastern half of the US) saw declines in their Heroin-related ER visits. These encouraging numbers come as … Continued

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How Are Opioids and Sleep Disorders Related?

Can Opioid Addiction Negatively Affect Sleep Habits? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals that have a Substance Use Disorder are 5 to 10 times more likely to also have a co-morbid sleep disorder. Long-term substance abuse physically changes the brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting both sleep patterns and quality. This causes people … Continued

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Current Opioid Lawsuits Miss the Real Problem in America’s Addiction Crisis

The Root of the Problem That Current Opioid Lawsuits Missed On Thursday, May 2, five defendants from the Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutics company were found guilty of racketeering in Boston. The federal jury returned its verdict 15 days after deliberation began, but eventually convicted founder John Kapoor as well as four co-defendants from Insys. US attorney … Continued