Tag: Opioids and Opiates

The Latest Failure in the War on Drugs

In September 2018, the rapper Mac Miller died of a drug overdose — a toxic combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Three men were charged with distributing the drugs that allegedly led to his death. In July, Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, died from asphyxia. Fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol were found in […]

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Should I Report Officiants Who Won’t Marry Same-Sex Couples?

I’m a professional wedding officiant and longtime L.G.B.T.Q. rights advocate. While I recognize that some officiants and other vendors may have ethical or religious objections to same-sex unions, I rejoice that marriage equality is the law of the land. Many wedding expos, websites, registries, professional organizations and social media groups have nondiscrimination policies requiring all […]

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Whoops. Judge Reduces J&J Opioid Fine After Mistaking Thousands for Millions

In a mortifying mistake destined to be cited by gleeful math teachers everywhere, an Oklahoma judge acknowledged that he was three decimal places off — mistaking thousands for millions — when he originally calculated the amount Johnson & Johnson should pay for its role in the state’s opioids crisis. As a result, Judge Thad Balkman […]

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How to Win Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Right now, impeachment seems destined to end with President Trump’s acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. But is there anything Democrats can do to change that outcome? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss […]

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Major Drug Companies Agree to Last-Minute Settlement of Opioid Trial

CLEVELAND — The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday. The deal was struck in the early dawn hours and is expected to be announced in court this morning. People familiar with the discussions said […]

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Judge Summons Drug C.E.O.s for Talks on Sweeping Opioid Settlement

CLEVELAND — A mayor of a small West Virginia city brought to its knees by opioids and representatives of large cities and counties left reeling by the epidemic will gather in federal court here on Friday morning, to sit side by side with chief executives from the country’s largest drug distributors. Along with platoons of […]

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Drug Giants Pursuing $50 Billion Settlement of Opioid Cases

CLEVELAND — As a critical trial deadline bears down, lawyers for states and the three largest drug distributors in the country, along with two manufacturers, have agreed on a framework for a deal to resolve thousands of opioid cases with a settlement worth nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments. Three people familiar with […]

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The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, Laura and Jason Henke awoke with a start at their home in Minot, N.D. Their dog was barking wildly. At the door, in the early morning shadows, they found a police officer and, behind him, a pastor. The officer asked to see Laura’s ID to confirm that […]

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A Doctor Who Prescribed 500,000 Doses of Opioids Is Sent to Prison for 40 Years

A Virginia doctor who prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids in two years was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday for leading what prosecutors called an interstate drug distribution ring. The overprescription of painkillers is one of the roots of the nation’s opioid crisis, and patients of Dr. Joel Smithers traveled hundreds […]

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Johnson & Johnson Reaches Settlement in First Federal Opioids Trial

Johnson & Johnson became the fourth drugmaker to avoid going to trial in the first federal opioids case, announcing Tuesday evening that it had reached a $20.4 million agreement to settle claims raised by two Ohio counties. Although best known for family-friendly products like baby shampoo and baby powder, the company, through its drug manufacturing […]

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D.E.A. Let Opioid Production Surge as Crisis Grew, Inspector General Says

The Drug Enforcement Administration authorized large increases in the production of painkillers even as the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States soared, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a harsh review on Tuesday. The watchdog office said that the D.E.A. was “slow to respond” to the opioid crisis, adding that more than […]

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Don’t Forget Our Frontline Caregivers in the Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic will go down in history alongside the Spanish flu, typhoid, polio and AIDS as one of our worst public health disasters. Between 1999 and 2017, almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses connected to prescription opioids, and almost as many more died from overdoses connected to illicit opioids. Of […]

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Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.

After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part of a settlement agreement that the company and its owners negotiated with lawyers for states and thousands of local governments that have struggled for years with the opioid crisis. They support […]

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Purdue Pharma Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, the drug widely seen as igniting the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday night, a move at the center of the company’s efforts to shield itself and its owners from more than 2,600 federal and state lawsuits. The terms of the filing, which include a proposed resolution […]

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Opioid Defendants Seek to Disqualify Judge Overseeing 2,300 Cases

Scarcely five weeks before a landmark federal civil trial in the opioid epidemic, the giant retail pharmacy chains and drug distributors that are defendants in the bellwether Ohio case are seeking to disqualify the judge from overseeing it and nearly 2,300 other opioid-related lawsuits before him. In a brief filed in federal court at 1:24 […]

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New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers

The New York attorney general’s office said Friday that it had tracked about $1 billion in wire transfers by the Sackler family, including through Swiss bank accounts, suggesting that the family tried to shield wealth as it faced a raft of litigation over its role in the opioid crisis. Earlier this week, thousands of municipal […]

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Purdue Pharma Settles Thousands of Opioids Cases

Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with lawyers representing thousands of municipal governments, tribes and states nationwide that are suing the pharmaceutical industry for the devastation resulting from the opioid epidemic. The company is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy imminently. The settlement, […]

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Does a Kansas Inmate Have a Right to Opioid Addiction Drugs? A Judge Will Decide

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a federal prison in Kansas to force it to provide an inmate with buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, saying the man would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it. Officials at the Leavenworth federal penitentiary are not providing the inmate, Leaman Crews, with the buprenorphine he needs to […]

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These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — His body dependent on opioids, he writhes, trembles and cries. He is exhausted but cannot sleep. He vomits, barely eats and has lost weight. He is also a baby. Just 1 month old, he wails in the nursery of the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital here. A volunteer “cuddler” holds him while […]

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Major Opioid Maker Is Close to Settling Case to Avert First Federal Trial

One of the biggest makers of generic opioids in the United States has reached a tentative settlement of claims against it to avoid the first federal trial of drug makers, distributors and retail chains for their roles in the opioid epidemic. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals announced Friday that it had agreed to pay $24 million to two […]

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