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Proposed $18 billion opioid settlement falls short

This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid settlement. The goal is to position themselves to enter settlement talks with drugmakers as a united front with the state, which would be a first nationally.

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

February 23, 2020

As Purdue Pharma moves through courts following their Sept. 16 bankruptcy declaration, other opioid manufacturers continue work through more than 2,500 lawsuits with various states for their role in the opioid epidemic.  Opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, McKesson Corp and Cardinal Health Inc. o...

Purdue Pharma settlements a window into U.S. opioid crisis

In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a medic with the Cincinnati Fire Department administers Naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati.

Cailey Gleeson, Focus Editor

October 21, 2019

After more than 2,600 lawsuits nationwide involving their role in the opioid epidemic sweeping through the country, Purdue Pharma — the manufacturer of prescription painkiller OxyContin — filed for bankruptcy Sept. 16. In 2017, opioids were responsible for 47,600 of the 70,237 U.S. drug overdose deaths — with more than 28,000 of these opioid-...

New Illinois program lets patients substitute opiate prescriptions for pot

New Illinois program lets patients substitute opiate prescriptions for pot

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 15, 2019

In 2017, 2,202 families in Illinois felt the immediate effects of the opioid epidemic that has consumed the nation. Over 2,000 Illinois residents died in opiate related drug overdoses in that year, a rate higher than the national average, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In light of tha...

The opioid crisis finds itself in Suburbia, USA, and the silence around it is deadly

The opioid crisis finds itself in Suburbia, USA, and the silence around it is deadly

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

May 29, 2018

The truths of teenagers in suburban towns are often kept secret. In a suburbs – wealthy ones, in particular – there is a certain breed of truth that must remain hidden for teens to first save their friendships and then the reputation of themselves and their families. The truths of teenagers in suburban a...

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