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Opioid sales fuel Purdue Pharma settlement as critics scream β€˜blood money’

By Frank Miles

The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.

Ex-hospice nurse accused of taking morphine intended for dying vets is arrested

By Barnini Chakraborty

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused a former hospice nurse of stealing liquid morphine intended for dying veterans, which at least once led to prolonged suffering of a vet during the last days of his life.

Purdue Pharma reaches tentative settlement in opioid lawsuit, but some states aren't on board

By Morgan Phillips

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, reached a tentative deal Wednesday with dozens of states and thousands of local governments over its role in exacerbating the nation's opioid crisis.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma expected to file for bankruptcy after stalled settlement talks

By Melissa Leon

Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, is expected to file for bankruptcy after attempts to reach a settlement over its role in the opioid crisis came to a standstill, state attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday.

Utah man, 29, ran 50-state opioid ring out of basement; now faces life in prison, authorities say

By Danielle Wallace

A man in Utah was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring out if his basement that pumped more than a half-million counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl across the country into all 50 states, according to a report.

US drug czar James Carroll calls out drug companies for role in opioid crisis

By Benjamin Brown

Following the landmark ruling in Oklahoma on Monday against Johnson and Johnson that found the company responsible for helping fuel the opioid epidemic, U.S. drug czar James Carroll called out drugmakers for their role as "one of the factors into the start of the crisis." 

OxyContin maker negotiating $10 to 12 billion opioid settlement with state, local governments: report

By Danielle Wallace

The maker of OxyContin—Purdue Pharma, which is owned by members of the Sackler Family--- is reportedly offering a $10 to $12 billion payout to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits brought by state, local and tribal governments that allege the company is responsible for the nationwide opioid crisis.  

US drug czar James Carroll calls out drug companies for role in opioid crisis

By Benjamin Brown

Following the landmark ruling in Oklahoma on Monday against Johnson and Johnson that found the company responsible for helping fuel the opioid epidemic, U.S. drug czar James Carroll called out drugmakers for their role as "one of the factors into the start of the crisis." 

San Francisco saw 150 percent spike in fentanyl-related deaths last year, report says

By Louis Casiano

The number of deaths from fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco ​​​​​​​jumped by nearly 150 percent last year, according to a report by the city's public health department made public this week.

Counterfeit pills linked to four San Diego-area deaths in 24-hour span

By Louis Casiano

Counterfeit pills that are traded and sold in the San Diego area with the promise of a "painkiller high" are believed to be linked to four overdose deaths in a one-day span, authorities said Thursday.

Pills gained strength as opioid crisis grew: analysis

By Frank Miles

An Associated Press analysis of drug distribution data released as a result of lawsuits against the industry found that the amount of opioids as measured by total potency continued to rise early this decade even as the number of pills distributed began to dip.

Drug companies shipped thousands of pain pill orders it should have halted, documents say

By Louis Casiano

Drug companies flooded vulnerable communities in American with billions of painkillers for years in the name of profit without proper oversight, highlighting the pharmaceutical industry's role in the opioid epidemic according to federal authorities. 

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