People around the world mourned loved ones on International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, 2021.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
Esther Nesbitt lost two of her children to drug overdoses.
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The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen announced a settlement between the Justice Department and opioid maker Purdue on Oct. 21.
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The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.
Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, discussing the lawsuit his office has filed against Purdue Pharma.
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The government has tried to harness a profit-driven drug industry to serve public health before.
Critics have worried Purdue might use bankruptcy to avoid accountability.
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While critics accuse companies facing lots of lawsuits of using bankruptcy as a sort of ‘get of jail free card,’ the reality of the legal procedure is more complicated.
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency.
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A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America’s opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
Lawsuits against Purdue say its drug Oxycontin played a key role in the opioid epidemic.
The $270 million settlement may not mean a whole lot if Purdue files for bankruptcy as it’s reportedly considering.
Anti-opioid protest at the Harvard Art Museums, which the Sackler family has supported with charitable gifts.
There are limits to what charities can do now about past donors who are accused of morally reprehensible behavior.
Purdue faces about 2,000 lawsuits related to the opioid crisis.
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OxyContin maker Purdue has reportedly been mulling a bankruptcy filling, just as the first of around 2,000 lawsuits against it prepares to go to trial.
What is each partner looking to get?
The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.
Classified advertisement for Leslie Keeley’s Gold Cure.
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Considered in historical context, Purdue’s plan to peddle opioid addiction medicines to vulnerable people is not so surprising. Gilded-Age pharmaceutical companies used similar strategies.