West Virginia prescription drug abuse News

Cardinal Health Seeks Dismissal of Drug Suits in 6 West Virginia Counties

A pharmaceuticals distributor has asked a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits filed by six West Virginia counties over the opioid crisis, arguing that they were filed too late and the matter was already addressed in a state suit. Cardinal Health …

Feds Grant $5.9M to West Virginia for Drug Addiction Fight

West Virginia will receive $5.9 million from the federal government to help fight drug addiction. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …

West Virginia Overdose Deaths Up 13% in 2016

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia continued to rise last year and its overdose death rate still far outpaces any other state in the country. A Feb. 13 analysis by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center shows at least 818 …

West Virginia Reaches Largest Settlement to Date with Individual Drug Wholesaler

West Virginia officials have reached a $3.5 million settlement with a wholesaler accused of flooding the state with millions of prescription pain pills. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Tuesday with H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. The settlement resolved …

West Virginia Settles Opioid Lawsuits Against 2 More Drug Distributors

Two major prescription drug distributors have agreed to settle a West Virginia lawsuit alleging they fueled West Virginia’s opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers into the state over several years. Boone County Circuit Court Judge William Thompson disclosed …

Report: West Virginia Flooded with Painkillers by Drug Wholesalers

Drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years, a period when 1,728 people fatally overdosed on these two painkillers, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. That amounts to 433 of …

West Virginia AG Sues Pharmacy for Role in Fueling State’s Opioid Crisis

West Virginia’s attorney general has sued a pharmacy in Boone County, alleging it provided too many highly addictive painkillers over more than a decade. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy helped fuel the state’s opioid prescription crisis by …

West Virginia Settles Claims Against 3 Drug Companies for $800K

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office says it has reached settlements with three more prescription drug wholesalers for $800,000 resolving allegations they failed to detect, report and stop suspiciously large drug orders into the state. According to the office, the …

Records Show Company Shipped Millions of Pills to West Virginia

Federal records show a drug company shipped 241 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia over a five-year period. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (reports Cardinal Health’s shipment figures were disclosed in a 2015 court document filed as part of an …

5 Drug Wholesalers to Settle West Virginia Pill Shipment Lawsuit for $4.2M

Five drug wholesalers have agreed to a $4.2 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging that they shipped an excessive number of prescription opioids to West Virginia, the attorney general said June 23. According to a news release, the settlement involves …