opioid epidemic News

U.S. Expands Drug Testing for Pilots, Train Engineers to Include Opioids

Airline pilots, train engineers and truck drivers subject to federally mandated drug screening will soon be tested for a range of opioids under a new rule issued Thursday. While transportation workers have long been subject to random screenings for various …

Kentucky Accuses Endo of Contributing to Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky accused units of Endo International Plc on Monday of contributing to drug overdoses and an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its painkiller Opana ER, the latest lawsuit by state or local governments against the drugmaker. Kentucky Attorney General Andy …

New Mexico Sues 8 Drug Manufacturers, Distributors over Opioid Epidemic

New Mexico has sued eight opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributors, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold corporations accountable for a national drug addiction epidemic. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas accused Purdue …

Drug Company Deflects Blame in Lawsuit Over West Virginia Opioid Crisis

A West Virginia city’s lawsuit against a drug company has led to a dispute over which is at fault in the opioid epidemic. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported last week that one of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers is attempting to …

Oklahoma AG Sues Prescription Opioid Drug Manufacturers

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined the ranks of state attorneys general who have sued manufacturers of opioid pain medication, alleging that deceptive marketing campaigns by the drug makers have fueled the state’s opioid epidemic. On June 30 Hunter …

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. …

States to Get $485 Million for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

The federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described last week as a “crisis.” Price made the announcement …

North Carolina House Passes Bill to Fight Opioid Abuse

Legislation to reduce opioid abuse and overdoses has passed the North Carolina House with unanimous bipartisan support. The House approved the measure April 10 that strengthens requirements for doctors and pharmacists on the use a statewide controlled substance database. Doctors …

Trump’s FDA Chief Cites Opioid Epidemic As Top Priority

Opioid painkillers that have led to thousands of deaths and new drug addicts should be the highest priority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the agency. “The opioid epidemic in …