Opioid Crisis

Oxycodone
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AP News
December 05, 2019 - 11:41 am
More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said. Read more here.
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Summit county executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the U.S. Federal courthouse, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Cleveland.
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AP News
October 21, 2019 - 10:04 am
The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the crisis. The settlement was announced just hours before the trial was...
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A mural in Kensington, where a drug encampment used to be.
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Pat Loeb
October 16, 2019 - 4:53 pm
Philadelphia city officials Wednesday dedicated a new mural in what used to be an encampment of those with an opioid addiction in Kensington.
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Alternative Response Unit
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Paul Kurtz
October 07, 2019 - 7:56 am
City officials say an emergency response unit that launched last April in response to the opiod crisis is showing promising results. They're saving lives and getting more people addicted to heroin into treatment. Read more here.
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro
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Tim Jimenez
September 12, 2019 - 7:20 am
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is suing the Sackler family, founders and owners of Purdue Pharma, the company that makes prescription painkiller OxyContin.
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 OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot/AP Photo, File
AP News
September 11, 2019 - 3:48 pm
Nearly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis.
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Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker, orders $572M payment
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AP News
August 26, 2019 - 4:50 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to clean up the problem. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's ruling followed the first state...
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This April 30, 2007, file photo, shows the headquarters of Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato/AP Photo, File
July 24, 2019 - 1:09 pm
By Geoff Mulvihill and Riin Aljas, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An executive at one of the nation's largest drug distribution companies said under questioning recently that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to the amount of prescription opioid painkillers it ships...
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opioids
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David Madden
April 02, 2019 - 2:02 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Garden State has just made it easier for people in need of help to kick an opioid addiction to get it by removing a bureaucratic roadblock. Medicaid rules needed to be changed when it came to getting approved drugs into the hands of patients, to hear New Jersey...
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This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
Toby Talbot/AP Photo, File
March 26, 2019 - 11:15 am
By Ken Miller and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin has reached a settlement with the state of Oklahoma over its role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis, officials said Tuesday. The terms were not immediately...
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