Stories tagged: opioid
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019
An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount by …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019
The nation’s three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019
Jury selection began Wednesday in the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic despite a last-minute request from lawyers to delay it because of news reports on a settlement offer.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019
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 …
Sun., Oct. 6, 2019
The Spokane City Council is expected to approve a contract with a Seattle-based law firm that has brought multiple lawsuits against the manufacturers of opioid painkillers. The city’s legal department …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019
Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma’s offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over …
Tue., Sept. 17, 2019
A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed over the …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says its bankruptcy filing is not a way to seek refuge but rather an effort to resolve claims against it.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019
The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York’s attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019
Washington is not agreeing to the tentative settlement some other states have reached with Purdue Pharma over the company’s role in the opioid crisis.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019
Attorneys representing 2,000 local governments, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reach settlement
Attorney Paul Farrell says in a text message Wednesday that they have agreed to a deal in which Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue would pay up to $12 billion and have the …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019
An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help …
UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019
The Trump administration says the government’s employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall.
Sun., July 28, 2019
After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover
Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …
Mon., July 8, 2019
An Oklahoma judge decided Monday the state’s ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson can move forward, rejecting the company’s argument that the state failed to …
Mon., June 3, 2019
California on Monday became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin, alleging it falsely promoted the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as …
Wed., April 17, 2019
After long drug addiction, recovery from opioid use disorder is happening for some Spokane residents through medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, a method of using prescribed drugs along with counseling and …
Wed., Oct. 3, 2018
The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids’ package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018
A program launching Monday at the Spokane County Jail aims to prevent inmates from dying of opioid withdrawal.
UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018
A Spokane Sheriff’s deputy administered opioid overdose reversing drug to an unconscious person found in a Spokane Valley home Tuesday.
UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018
A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.
UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018
The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.
Tue., March 20, 2018
Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.
Tue., March 6, 2018
Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.
Sun., March 4, 2018
Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fri., Dec. 29, 2017
With substance abuse already a major issue from Philadelphia to the White House this year, the Inquirer interviewed experts in five areas of addiction. Each was asked the same basic …
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
A Tacoma, Washington, man accused of leading an opioid trafficking ring that brought pills from Los Angeles to Western Washington has been sentenced to five years in prison.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Although they looked like the prescription painkillers at first glance, the pills they took were nothing like what they expected. They were fakes, an amalgam of substances – including one …
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.