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Purdue Pharma agrees to a new opioid settlement with US states
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioid crisis. The deal reached Thursday would require members of the Sackler… Read More
Corporate opioid payouts now being finalized would top $32 billion
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Over the next two weeks, some of the biggest U.S. corporations accused of “turbocharging” the opioid epidemic could finalize payouts to victims and governments worth roughly… Read More
Witness Testimony Continues In Landmark W.Va. Opioid Trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witness testimony has begun in a landmark opioid trial in which local governments in West Virginia have sued three large drug distributors that have been accused… Read More
WATCH: How A Powerful Corporate Consulting Firm Helped Create The Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The opioids crisis that has taken hundreds of thousands of American lives has received less attention in the pandemic, but drug overdoses and deaths have grown during… Read More
Purdue Pharma Reaches $8B Opioid Deal With Justice Department Over Oxycontin Sales
Critics say the settlement doesn’t hold company executives or members of the Sackler family accountable for their aggressive marketing of Oxycontin which helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Vinton Co. Prosecutor: Pandemic Puts More Stress On Families Dealing With Addiction
Even though Vinton County, Ohio, hasn’t had high infection rates of the coronavirus, social restrictions have made it harder to keep drug users and their children safe, says Trecia Kimes-Brown.
Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction
The federal government has waived a law that required an in-person doctor’s visit before patients could be prescribed drugs that quell withdrawal symptoms. That’s a boon for patients, counselors say.
Reports Show Challenges Remain In Addiction Treatment Medication Access
Center for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate opioid overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley declined in 2018, the first time in nearly a decade. Researchers say this is cause for optimism…. Read More
China Has Pain Pill Addicts Too, But No One’s Counting Them
SHANGHAI (AP) — Officially, China doesn’t have an opioid problem like the United States. But largely out of sight of the government, addicts exist. A government survey taken in 2016… Read More
New Prescription: Ohio Valley Native Dr. Patrice Harris Is First Black Woman To Lead AMA
Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United… Read More
Drug Company Gilead Gives $11M To Halt Hep C Rise In Ohio Valley
Drug maker Gilead Sciences will give $11.3 million to help prevent and treat hepatitis C in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. That money is part of a five-year project aimed at… Read More
A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster
A rural county in Washington declared the opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency. It uses a multiagency coordination group straight out of FEMA’s playbook to respond to the crisis.
Opioid Emergency: What The Ohio Valley Needs To Combat Crisis
The opioid crisis gripping the Ohio Valley is now, according to President Donald Trump, a national emergency. But more than a week after the president made that announcement, state and… Read More
Southeast Ohioans Still Fearful of Obamacare Replacement Plan
ATHENS, Ohio – Local healthcare advocates and area residents said they continue to be concerned that the Affordable Care Act/Medicaid will be replaced by President Trump’s American Health Care Act,… Read More
Going To The MAT: Government And Science Back Medication Assisted Treatment Of Addiction
For those working daily to treat addiction tied to the opioid epidemic in the Ohio Valley, resources have been limited. Beginning this week doctors will have a little more to… Read More