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Yost Pitches Constitutional Amendment to Protect Opioid Settlement Money

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The Ohio Attorney General’s office has crafted a proposal that would put guardrails around potential opioid lawsuit settlement money to make sure the funds are used specifically for the opioid epidemic. The proposal spells out a constitutional amendment which creates the Ohio Recovery Foundation, made up of a board of directors and a board of… Read More

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WATCH: What Newly Released Emails Reveal About OxyContin and its Makers

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The U.S. opioid epidemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. A reckoning for the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of these drugs has now begun — but despite several multibillion dollar settlements, some states and municipalities say accountability and transparency for the companies is lacking. Casey Ross of STAT News joins PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz… Read More

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W. Va. Sues Opioid Companies Endo, Mallinckrodt

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is suing two more opioid makers claiming the companies mispresented the risks of their drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suits against Endo Health Solutions and Mallinckrodt on Wednesday. The cases were filed in Boone County court and seek monetary penalties. The lawsuits accuse the drugmakers and their… Read More

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Symposium on Opioid Crisis Set this Week in West Virginia

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ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia University’s School of Public Health is working with partners across the state on a symposium on the opioid epidemic. Assistant Professor Lindsay Allen says the rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids doubled between 2010 and 2017. Allen says extra effort is needed to find ways to address the… Read More

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Officers Exposed to Suspected Fentanyl During W. Va. Drug Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say several police officers were exposed to a substance believed to be the powerful opioid fentanyl during a drug bust. Huntington police Chief Hank Dial says in a news release that members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force entered a home on Wednesday and… Read More

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Bill Would Require Ohio Pharmacists Be Educated About Naloxone Law

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Ohio law permits pharmacists to give the overdose drug Naloxone without a prescription to people who deal with those with an opioid use disorder. But one state lawmaker says many pharmacists are not doing that. Democratic Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) is sponsoring a bill that would require the State Board of Pharmacy to educate pharmacists about… Read More

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W. Va. Physician Gets Probation on Drug Charge

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia physician has been sentenced to probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions so he could get drugs. Chad Poage also was ordered Monday in federal court in Clarksburg to complete 500 hours of community service. Poage admitted writing 30 fraudulent prescriptions between 2015 and 2018. Prosecutors say he obtained a… Read More

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Dozens of Collection Sites Set for W.Va. Drug Take Back Event

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The public can drop off unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs at more than 110 collection sites across West Virginia this weekend. Law enforcement officials are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Dropoff locations can be found online . The collection… Read More

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J&J Sets Aside $4 Billion for Proposed Opioid Settlement

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Johnson & Johnson says it has set aside $4 billion for its share of a proposed multistate agreement to settle opioid litigation, a step that forced it to slash its recently reported financial results. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday, J&J said the charge cuts third-quarter net income from $4.8 billion to $1.8… Read More

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Ohio Governor Convenes Talks With Lawyers in Opioid Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he has convened a meeting with the state attorney general and lawyers for cities and counties involved in the national opioid litigation to discuss how millions in settlement dollars might be spent. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he expects about 90 people… Read More