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CLEVELAND (NPR) — A federal jury on Tuesday found three of the nation’s biggest pharmacy chains, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, liable for helping to fuel the U.S. opioid crisis. Jurors concluded that the pharmacies contributed to a so-called public nuisance in Lake and Trumbull counties in Ohio by selling and dispensing huge quantities of prescription… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Last year is likely to have been the deadliest year for drug overdoses ever in Ohio, according to a projection from the CDC. Ohio is projected to report 5,215 drug deaths last year, more than 14 Ohioans a day – breaking the record set with 4,854 deaths in 2017. That’s almost a… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As the COVID pandemic killed more than a half-million Americans, it also quietly inflamed what was before it the country’s greatest public health crisis: addiction. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 88,000 people died of drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in August 2020 — the highest… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More
After years of leading the nation in overdose death rates, Ohio Valley communities are looking for new ways to deal with the addiction crisis. A national nonprofit organization promotes and partners with programs that do just that. The Addiction Policy Forum celebrated new ideas at events in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia to honor programs selected in their Innovations to Address… Read More
As the courts consider various lawsuits against drugmakers, researchers estimate what opioid addiction is costing our economy and what it would take to end the crisis.
With drug use surging in the past decade and a half, many parents are losing custody of their kids. But is foster care the best solution?
The impact of the opioid crisis was all over the ballot on Tuesday – from candidates with proposed opioid solutions to county levies for strained children services departments. Near-Record Number of Children Services Levies on the Ballot New data from the US Department of Health and Human Services notes an increase in the number of children… Read More
Athens County is jumping into the legal fight against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The county commissioners have retained a law firm in Columbus to file the federal lawsuit. The Athens County prosecutor’s office will serve as co-counsel. The state of Ohio is also suing prescription drug makers, as are several other states counties, and municipalities across… Read More