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Senate Report Links Drugmakers’ Donations to Opioid Crisis

Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said …

Tribe Continues Suit Against Drug Distributors; Refiles in State Court

The Cherokee Nation has refiled a lawsuit against opioid distributors in state court after a federal judge ruled that tribe’s court system had no jurisdiction over the companies. Lawyers filed the suit in Sequoyah County, which is part of the …

Accidental Deaths in Pennsylvania Rose in 2016, Driven By Opioid Overdose

According to National Safety Council (NSC) analysis of federal data, 1,086 more Pennsylvanians died accidentally in 2016, an increase of 15 percent over 2015. Opioid overdose led to 78 percent of those deaths. This comes on the back of NSC …

Law Aimed at Maine Opioid Crisis Goes into Effect

A new law aimed at addressing Maine’s opioid crisis is coming into effect as advocates demand more urgency. Law enforcement officials say 376 Mainers died of a drug overdose in 2016. Republican Rep. Deborah Sanderson backed a new law that …

Arkansas Medical Board OKs Draft Regulations Aimed at Curbing Opioid Abuse

The Arkansas State Medical Board has approved draft regulations aimed at reducing opioid abuse. The board unanimously voted in favor of the regulations on Dec. 7. The requirements are based on guidelines issued last year by the federal Centers for …

Who Is Most at Risk for Opioid Death and How to Help Them: Columbia Research

Just over 60 percent of individuals who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and many had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, a study of more than 13,000 overdose deaths has found. Only …

Indianapolis Sues Several Opioid Makers, Distributors

The city of Indianapolis sued several manufacturers and distributors of prescription painkillers in federal court on Nov. 14, alleging that their actions are to blame for the city’s growing opioid crisis. The lawsuit contends that the “dramatic increase” in painkiller …

Fewer Opioids Prescribed in Louisiana Following Medicaid Expansion

New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016, the Louisiana governor’s office reported. According to the Board of Pharmacy which …

Local Governments in Wisconsin Sue Opioid Drug Makers

Nearly two dozen Wisconsin counties say in a federal lawsuit that “nefarious and deceptive” marketing campaigns from pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. The lawsuit filed Nov. 7 says local governments’ health and law enforcement services …

Louisiana Attorney General Wants Control of Governor’s Opioid Lawsuit

Louisiana’s attorney general is trying to take control of a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in the state. The Advocate reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to expand the …