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Crime

American Pain Society Considers Filing for Bankruptcy

The American Pain Society’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic As the first Opioid trial began in Oklahoma two weeks ago, it’s been front-page news that the manufacturers of Opioid painkillers such as Teva Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson are being held responsible by state governments for inciting the nationwide Opioid Crisis. However, what many people … Continued

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Reach $85 Million Settlement in OK Opioid Lawsuit

Settling the Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit Last week, Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma – just days before the company was set to go to trial over allegations the company helped fuel the U.S. Opioid epidemic. Teva was cited by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter as creating a … Continued

Prevention

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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‘Opioid Alternative’ Herbal Drug, Kratom, a Cause of 91 Overdose Deaths

CDC Links Kratom to At Least 91 Fatal Overdoses A recent report on state overdose data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 overdoses between 2016 and 2017. A total of 152 of the overdose victims tested positive for Kratom at … Continued

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Doctors, Nurses Caught Stealing Prescription Opioids

Fentanyl and OxyContin Fuel Demand for Stolen Prescriptions As huge corporations continue to face legal repercussions in federal court for their role in the Opioid Crisis, doctors and nurses are being punished in criminal courts for stealing prescription Opioids. In another instance of medical malpractice, 19 patients were infected by medical technician Kristen Parker after … Continued

Prevention

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

Crime

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

Heroin Production and the Conflict in Afghanistan The Opioid epidemic in America is responsible for killing hundreds of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers each day. Americans spend millions of dollars in the U.S. treating substance use disorders as a result of Opioid dependence. The U.S. has spent $1.5 million each day fighting a war on … Continued

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Johnson & Johnson Identified as “Kingpin” of Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma in March, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is targeting a much bigger pharmaceutical competitor in the upcoming Opioid lawsuit: Johnson & Johnson. This is not a first for the healthcare conglomerate – Johnson & Johnson has been cited … Continued

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First Charges Against Opioid Distribution Company Filed Against Former Executives

Former Execs, Distributors of Oxycodone and Fentanyl Face Criminal Charges Laurence Doud III and William Pietruszewski, top executives of a drug distribution company, are now facing criminal charges for their company’s role and their personal negligence in worsening the current Opioid Epidemic. Doud, 75 years-old and former chief executive of Rochester Drug Co-Operative (RDC), one … Continued