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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A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section which has become a hub for heroin use on January 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Pat Loeb
August 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A federal judge took testimony Monday in a lawsuit that will determine whether a safe injection site can open in Philadelphia as one measure to address the opioid epidemic. All three witnesses testified the site would save lives. The judge began the day-long hearing...
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Progress report on 'resilience project' highlights difficulty of cleaning up Kensington .
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Pat Loeb
July 01, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kensington Avenue near Somerset at 9 a.m. looks like some warped Tai Chi class. Men and women slowly bending toward the sidewalk until they catch themselves, bolt up, and begin the process again. It's called "the dip," a visible sign of opioid use. "From here all the...
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Molly Daly
June 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in New Jersey say a federally funded initiative that offers a path to recovery to opioid abusers in the moments after they've been revived from an overdose has connected dozens of Burlington County residents to addiction treatment programs. Burlington County...
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Steve Tawa
June 07, 2019 - 1:21 pm
BURLINGTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A former prison guard in South Jersey has been sentenced after he plead guilty for smuggling opioid painkillers into South Woods State Prison in Cumberland County. After learning that 54-year old David Cade was smuggling drugs behind bars in Bridgeton in exchange...
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Lynne Adkins
May 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nation's opioid crisis has resulted in a sharp increase of the number of pregnant women with addiction problems. There is now an effort to help the moms without harming the babies. Depression is big issue for people recovering from opioid addiction, according to...
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On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Kapoor was found guilty in a scheme to bribe doctors to boost sales of a highly addictive fentanyl spray meant for cancer patients with severe pain.
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May 02, 2019 - 9:19 pm
By Alanna Durkin Richer BOSTON (AP) — A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap...
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Medical marijuana.
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Ian Bush
April 30, 2019 - 4:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Early this year, New Jersey approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat opioid addiction, and the state health commissioner is encouraged by the results. “Medical marijuana is a useful adjunct that helps them bridge faster into recovery," said Dr. Shereef...
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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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Packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, in Greenfield, Mass.
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March 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top medical advisers say medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report Wednesday that found only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Americans addicted to...
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