Opioid Crisis

Victims Of Opioid Abuse To Help Decide How Much Purdue Pharma Should Pay

News – High Times Victims of opioid addiction weren’t in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company’s role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have important seats at […]

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Doctor Convicted After Prescribing Over 500,000 Opioids In Less Than Two Years

News – High Times After prescribing opioids to a West Virginia woman who subsequently died, a Virginia doctor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. A district court ruled that Joel Smithers was guilty of over 800 federal drug charges, including illegally distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. The prosecution claimed that […]

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Federal Judge Rules Supervised Injection Sites Meant To Prevent Overdoses Are Legal

News – High Times PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that supervised injection sites designed to prevent overdoses do not violate federal drug laws, giving advocates in Philadelphia and perhaps elsewhere a boost in their efforts to open them. U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh said there’s no evidence that Congress intended 1980s-era […]

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Justice Department Accuses DEA of Having Role in Opioid Crisis

News – High Times As legal battles between pharmaceutical companies and a number of local, state, tribal, and now federal government groups heat up, a new report implicates the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the ongoing opioid crisis. Ultimately, the report argues that the DEA contributed to the spread of the opioid crisis, and concludes […]

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Johnson & Johnson Agrees To $20.4 Million Settlement Ahead Of Opioid Trial In Ohio

News – High Times Healthcare products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle a lawsuit over the company’s role in the ongoing opioid crisis. Under terms of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson would pay Cuyahoga and Summit counties a total of $20.4 million. […]

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Johnson & Johnson Appeals Oklahoma Judge’s $572 Million Order Against Them

News – High Times OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is appealing an Oklahoma judge’s $572 million order against the company and its subsidiaries for helping fuel the state’s opioid crisis. The company filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing the ruling was an “unprecedented interpretation of […]

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Federal Prosecutors Charge Doctors For Overprescribing Opioids

News – High Times In response to the nation’s high rates of opioid abuse and opioid related deaths, the federal Justice Department launched a massive initiative last year. The primary focus of the action is aimed at cracking down specifically on doctors who illegally prescribe opioids. Since its launch in 2018, the Justice Department initiative […]

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New Hampshire Health Organization to Distribute Prescription Lock Boxes to Parents

News – High Times CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 800 New Hampshire families are getting lock boxes and safe disposal bags in hopes of keeping youth away from prescription drugs and making a small dent in a big problem. Officials from the Capital Area Public Health Network and the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of […]

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Michigan Pharmacies To Distribute Free Naloxone Kits This Saturday

News – High Times Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away free naloxone kits on Saturday in an effort to stem the tide of overdose deaths resulting from the ongoing opioid crisis. More than 50,000 of the emergency overdose-reversing drug kits, sold under the brand name Narcan, will be distributed free of charge through hundreds […]

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NY Department Of Financial Services Issuing Subpoenas Against Opiate Suppliers

News – High Times The New York Department of Financial Services has announced that it will be issuing dozens of subpoenas to individuals and companies associated with the pharmaceutical opioid industry. State Governor Andrew Cuomo did not mince words when referring to the pharmaceutical companies’ tendency to obscure their products’ highly addictive nature. “I’ve seen […]

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