Posts Tagged 'opioid addiction'

New Study Shines Light on Opioid Prescribers

study shows most opioids written by small number of providersA study of the opioid prescriptions written by almost 700,000 medical care providers shows that nearly half of the doses written in the United States originate from just 1% of those providers. The study, as reported by Reuters, shows that this top 1% writes approximately 1,000 times more opioid doses than those making up the middle percentiles.

The results have taken the authors by ...

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Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Don’t Like Current MDL Judge; Ask for Replacement

drug companies seek removal of federal judge in opioid trialDefendants in the nation’s largest opioid litigation might be reconsidering their odds. If they were confident, they might not have asked for the removal of the federal judge tasked with overseeing thousands of consolidated lawsuits seeking to recover damages from drug makers and distributors for their role in perpetuating the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.

That, however, is exactly what happened last month when household names like CVS and ...

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Negotiations Fail as Sacklers’ Purdue Pharma Readies for Bankruptcy Protection

“I think they are a group of sanctimonious billionaires who lied and cheated so they could make a handsome profit. I truly believe that they have blood on their hands.” These are the words used by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro after news broke that the Sackler family had tanked negotiations seeking to hold Purdue Pharma responsible for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis.

Reports indicated that a settlement between the states, towns, and other ...

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Family Behind OxyContin Abuse Epidemic Set to Retain Billions in Government Settlement

Purdue Pharma negotiating opioid settlementAfter doing their part to create and profit from an epidemic that has ravaged American communities and left hundreds of thousands of people dead in its wake, the family that is largely behind OxyContin’s rise to opioid prominence is set to keep the vast majority of their wealth and will never see the inside of a jail cell.

A recent article published by The Washington Post outlines the terms of a settlement currently ...

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Oklahoma Judge Finds Johnson & Johnson Partially Responsible for Opioid Crisis

judge finds J&J responsible for part of US opioid abuse epidemicAs the opioid abuse epidemic continues to ravage the United States from coast to coast, states have spent untold millions of dollars dealing with the aftermath. From abuse prevention and treatment programs to emergency services, homeless shelters and advocacy, hospitals, and law enforcement, the cities and towns in these states have spent significant sums cleaning up the mess the drug companies have left behind; sums that ...

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Outrage Grows as Curtain is Pulled Back on Powerful Opioid Family

Americans are learning more about the family that has flooded their streets and communities with powerful drugsAmericans are frustrated by the amount of power our nation’s corporations hold over our government, our environment, and, frankly, our day-to-day lives. It seems that a day doesn’t go by in which we hear yet another tale of a corporation taking measures to improve its bottom line by putting its profits over the well-being of the people.

In most cases, as if ...

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