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When it filed for bankruptcy last year, Purdue Pharma agreed to an innovative plan: It would make $200 million available immediately to help those those harmed by its signature painkiller, OxyContin, and ease the effects of the opioid crisis. More than a year later, with the crisis worsening, not a penny has been spent.
Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades.
Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record that predates the COVID-19 crisis, which the White House and many experts believe will drive such deaths even higher.
The Spokane area needs more physicians willing to treat patients for opioid use disorder, local providers say, as barriers continue to exist for both patients and prescribers alike.
Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic?
President Donald Trump claimed credit Wednesday for progress in battling the opioid epidemic amid debate over whether the crisis has peaked and what his administration has accomplished.
“The Opioid Epidemic” will be presented April 19 by Dr. David Tauben, pain medicine expert and University of Washington School of Medicine professor
Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors and pharmacies of flooding communities in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive pain pills.