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Crime

Police Warn Residents About Fatal Batch of “Gray Death” In Southern Louisiana

Gray Death Strikes A Louisiana Community In early February, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began to warn residents about a dangerous drug that police officers have encountered during several arrests. The substance, “Gray Death,” is so potent that merely touching it can be lethal. While the police in Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Pennsylvania … Continued

Heroin

Study Finds Heroin Use Has Increased Drastically in America

The Skyrocketing Toll of Heroin Use On February 11, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the incidence of Heroin use in the United States increased by an average of 7% each year from 2002 to 2016. Then, from 2016 to 2018, the incidence of Heroin use declined … Continued

Crime

Insys Founder and Top Executives Sentenced to Years in Prison

An Opioids Conspiracy Leads Seven Insys Executives to Prison Last May, a federal jury in Boston convicted John Kapoor and six other executives of Insys Therapeutics of conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law which permits the prosecution of the leaders of a criminal enterprise. This month, a judge sentenced all of … Continued

Epidemic

Study Finds Correlation Between Opioid Overdoses and Car Factory Closures

A Tragic Link Between Car Factory Closures and the Opioid Epidemic Last December, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a study in the academic journal JAMA Internal Medicine which found a correlation between Opioid overdoses and the diminishing manufacturing sector of the American economy. “Our findings confirm the general intuition that declining … Continued

Crime

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Arizona’s Lawsuit Against the Sackler Family

The Supreme Court Spares the Sacklers Another Trial On December 9, the United States Supreme Court declined to consider a lawsuit against the Sackler family that the State of Arizona presented directly to the nation’s highest tribunal earlier this year. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer and vendor of OxyContin. Almost every state and … Continued

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 lives lost 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