Opioid Help News

Four Opioid Companies Avoid Federal Trial in Cleveland With $260 Million Settlement

With Lawsuits Settled, the Opioid Trial in Cleveland Will Not Proceed The litigation timeline for over 2,600 lawsuits against Opioid manufacturers and distributors was scheduled to culminate in a federal trial in Cleveland, Ohio on October 21. However, four of the defendants reached a settlement with Summit County and Cuyahoga County, the two plaintiffs, on the … Continued

Crime

A Doctor and Nurse in Alaska Face Federal Charges for Overprescribing Opioids

Two Medical Professionals Arrested and Charged for Illegal Opioid Distribution in Alaska On October 9, the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska announced charges against a doctor and a nurse for irresponsibly and unnecessarily prescribing hundreds of thousands of Opioid painkillers. The doctor and the nurse managed separate medical practices and never collaborated … Continued

A Tasmanian Fungus May Be the Future of Opioid-Free Painkillers

A Potential Opioid Alternative from an Unexpected Source Right now, Opioids are the most effective medications for treating pain, yet they pose significant risks for overdose and addiction. Since prescriptions for Opioid painkillers have caused an epidemic in overdoses during the past twenty years, with over 400,000 lost lives in the United States alone, researchers all across … Continued

Johnson and Johnson Pays $20.4 Million to Ohio Counties to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson Reaches a Settlement to Avoid Trial in Ohio On October 1, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay two Ohio counties a total of $20.4 million to settle legal claims about the company’s role in fueling the ongoing Opioid Epidemic. According to the terms of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson will pay $10 million to Cuyahoga … Continued

Crime

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

Prevention

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

Crime

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

Crime

Update: Ohio Doctor Arrested for Overdose Deaths of 25 Patients

Ohio Doctor, William Husel, Held on $1 Million Bond for 25 Fentanyl Overdoses In December 2018, Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System fired Dr. William Husel, 43, on the suspicion of misconduct in the deaths of 34 patients. On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged by Franklin County, Ohio, for purposely overdosing 25 patients with the … Continued

Epidemic

Fentanyl Killing More People than Heroin in Northeast

Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise as Heroin Overdoses Decline Since 2010, the tidal wave of prescription Opioid abuse has started to subside with the government crackdown on Opioid manufacturers and distributors. So, too, have rates of Heroin addiction and overdose fallen in more recent years. In 2018, only 4 of New Hampshire’s 397 Opioid-related deaths … Continued

Prevention

New Utah Moms Suffering High Rates of Opioid-Related Deaths 

New Mothers Affected by Postpartum Depression and Opioid Addiction The Opioid Epidemic continues to devastate the lives of many, and new sources reveal expecting mothers are also victims of the addiction and overdose crisis. They may often go unaccounted for in the calculation of national statistics, according to a University of Utah Health study. The study … Continued