Opioids

October 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm
Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. North Carolina Attorney...
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A sign is displayed at the Cardinal Health, Inc. corporate office Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio. Shares of big drug distributors soared Wednesday on word of a potential settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the opioid crisis. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations, which have lasted months, confirmed to The Associated Press that McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, Inc., have offered $18 billion over 18 years to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits across the country. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
October 17, 2019 - 1:43 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury was seated Thursday for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, but the push to settle the case before opening arguments next week continued, with company officials expected to gather for further talks. U.S District Judge Dan Polster had ordered executives for the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, photo, narcotics detective Paul Laurella retrieves unused medications from the police department's disposal box in Barberton, Ohio. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the first federal trial over the nation's opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 16, 2019 - 7:52 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gesture to each other during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
October 15, 2019 - 11:20 pm
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on...
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October 15, 2019 - 5:26 pm
A new study finds that the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion over the past four years. The Society of Actuaries released its report Tuesday. It found the highest cost was in lost earnings for those who died in the crisis. Next was health care, a cost borne largely by Medicaid and...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels say they do not know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Skaggs, as detailed in a report on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug Enforcement Agency he had provided opioids to Skaggs and used them with the pitcher for years, according to the ESPN report Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Kay reportedly watched as Skaggs snorted three lines of crushed pills in his hotel room in Texas, on the night before he was found dead. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
October 12, 2019 - 6:46 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say they don't know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report Saturday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. How much members of the Sackler family should be held accountable for the role their company, Purdue Pharma, played in the nation’s opioid crisis will be at the center of a hearing in federal bankruptcy court. State attorneys general who are pressing separate state claims against the Sacklers want their cases to continue even as Purdue’s bankruptcy case plays out. They will make that argument on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 before a bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge is pushing for a settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a decision Friday to pause litigation against the company and members of the wealthy Sackler family that owns the company. In a hearing Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, Mac Miller performs at the 2016 The Meadows Music and Arts Festivals at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. Three men arrested during the investigation into rapper Miller’s deadly overdose last year have now been charged with providing the drugs that killed him, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. A grand jury indictment that was unsealed in Los Angeles accuses the men of conspiring and distributing cocaine and oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that caused Miller’s death in September 2018. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
October 10, 2019 - 4:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with selling rapper Mac Miller the drugs that killed him last year pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles. Cameron Pettit stood alongside his attorney and spoke only to answer a judge's questions as he entered the plea. Prosecutor allege that...
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FILE - In a Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Dave Yost speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, in Columbus, Ohio. A federal appeals court has denied an effort by state attorneys general to stop a bellwether opioids trial involving two Ohio counties from getting underway later this month in Cleveland. The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 that Ohio didn’t object when lawsuits filed by Summit and Cuyahoga counties were initially included in what has become a sprawling case involving around 2,600 local governments and other entities. Yost argued in August against the certification of the local government lawsuits as multi-district litigation. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
October 10, 2019 - 1:27 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied two efforts to upend a trial over the opioid crisis that is scheduled to start this month in Cleveland. The 6th U.S. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday against a motion from Ohio's attorney general to stop the trial over a lawsuit...
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FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, to share such decisions with patients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 10, 2019 - 12:19 pm
U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency published steps for doctors in a six...
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