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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says he’s sued the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed separate suits against the companies Friday in Boone County, West Virginia. Both cases accuse the drugmakers of violating the state’s… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a retired West Virginia sheriff’s deputy and his son have been indicted on federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Thursday announced the superseding indictment against 76-year-old Larry McCallister and 45-year-old Steven Dale McCallister. Stuart says 2.6 pounds of fentanyl were found during a raid at their home… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they’ve suspended a West Virginia pharmacy’s registration for improperly dispensing prescription drugs. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the suspension against Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy on Thursday. Stuart says the pharmacy filled about 2,000 prescriptions for a widely-misused drug called Subutex over a three-year period despite red flags that… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A group of West Virginia lawmakers want control of a recent $37 million opioid settlement with the drug distributor McKesson. Members of the House of Delegates on Monday asked the attorney general to let the legislature to divvy up the money so it can be used for opioid treatment programs, rather… Read More
CINCINNATI (AP) — A wholesale drug distributor linked to the flood of opioids into Appalachia and two of its former executives were charged with conspiring to illegally distribute millions of painkiller pills, federal authorities said Thursday. The former executives of Ohio-based Miami-Luken — the president and compliance officer — along with two pharmacists in West… Read More
JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to have known someone who died… Read More
Two newly released sets of government data show that the death toll from the nation’s opioid crisis may finally be dropping and also reveal the scale of the pain pill sales that help set the crisis in motion. The data for the Ohio Valley show how hard the region was hit and how hard people… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly public federal data shows how drug companies increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as a national addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data reported Tuesday by The Washington Post shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion… Read More
If finalized, such a deal could funnel tens of billions of dollars to American communities struggling with the addiction crisis, while restoring stability to one of the country’s biggest industries.
The maker of a highly addictive fentanyl-based drug wants to sell its assets to pay some $250 million in debts. The move could let the company out of part of the settlement deal reached last week.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) – Five state attorneys general have announced new lawsuits against the maker of OxyContin as they seek to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid crisis. Filings were announced Thursday by officials in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin. With the suits, 45 states are now taking legal action… Read More
A major drug company has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic in one of the Ohio Valley’s hardest hit states. And officials there believe it’s the largest settlement against a single pharmaceutical distributor. The McKesson Corporation agreed to pay $37 million to settle a 2016 lawsuit filed by… Read More
A federal jury will be able to hear from a doctor who spent decades advocating for broader use of powerful prescription painkillers before turning against the opioid industry. A special court master had ruled earlier this month that the testimony of Dr. Russell Portenoy, a professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York,… Read More
The National Sheriffs’ Association has published a detailed guide to jail-based medication-assisted treatment. States hardest hit by opioids are moving fastest to get inmates the help needed to quit.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday more than a dozen indictments against doctors in the Ohio Valley on charges relating to the illegal distribution of opioids. These are the first major indictments from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which started work in December. “The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in… Read More
Some manufacturers evaded scrutiny by slightly modifying the molecular structures of substances. Monday’s announcement “puts a wider array of substances under regulation,” a Chinese official says.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded more than two million dollars to expand addiction treatment and recovery resources for women in rural regions of the Ohio Valley hit hard by the opioid crisis. Ohio University received $1,100,000 for the Appalachian Recovery Project in Athens County, Ohio. WestCare Kentucky, Inc., received $1,136,000 for the Judi Patton… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget plan includes funding to set up a state narcotics intelligence center to combat the opioid epidemic. The new center, which would consist of units in Cleveland and Columbus, would be an unprecedented statewide effort to collect and analyze data from the state’s 40-plus police drug task… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A political feud between Kentucky’s top elected officials is complicating the state’s effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the opioid epidemic. That fight is reflected in a lawsuit that comes before Kentucky’s Supreme Court this week. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired some high-powered law firms… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits filed against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs is changing the lineup for the first “bellwether” trial in Cleveland. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster ruled Monday that claims made by the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga, which includes Cleveland, and Summit County, which includes Akron, will… Read More
As of July 1, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation will no longer pay for a powerful painkiller that’s at the center of the opioid crisis here in the Buckeye State. Ohio BWC spokesman Bill Teets says the drug, Oxycontin and its generic equivilent, oxycodone, is being removed from the list of drugs it approves for injured workers. “They are replacing it… Read More
The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday another $22.8 million in funding to 33 projects aimed at revitalizing economies in places affected by the decline in the coal industry. The awards are the latest in the ARC’s POWER Initiative, an acronym for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Congress has funded the initiative for four years specifically… Read More
Sue Meeks has worked with children for years as a registered nurse. Meeks manages the family navigator program at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Several years ago, she started noticing three and four-year-olds coming into the program with certain distinctive behaviors. “Children that appear to be neurologically very overstimulated,” she… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties have issued drug misuse warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Dr. Anahi Ortiz is coroner in Franklin County in central Ohio. She said Friday that the county which calls Columbus home had at least three… Read More