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The opioid crisis is getting more expensive

by Jack Stewart Oct 21, 2019
Lost earnings from those who have died of overdoses were a major factor, according to the Society of Actuaries.
Flowers are placed at a Minneapolis memorial for people who have died from opioid overdoses.
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Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit

by Associated Press Oct 21, 2019
The nation’s three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle an opioid crisis lawsuit just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin.
Pill Man, a skeleton made from Frank Huntley's oxycontin and methadone prescription bottles, is seen on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House August 30, 2019, in Washington, DC.
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The Uncertain Hour

West Virginia foster parents say they need more support

by Roxy Todd Oct 9, 2019
Roughly 5% of the state's babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Families taking them in say they feel unprepared for the task.
A memorial in Huntington, West Virginia, in 2017.
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The Uncertain Hour

Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

by Roxy Todd Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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The opioid epidemic is killing Americans at work, and employers are taking notice

by Jana Kasperkevic Sep 24, 2019
To battle opioid overdoses, experts want businesses to think of naloxone like an EpiPen.
Ken Duckworth, a psychiatrist and medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, holds up a nalaxone kit.
Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts

Would a $10 billion Purdue settlement reach towns affected by the opioid crisis?

by Kai Ryssdal and Caitlin Esch Aug 28, 2019
A proposed settlement would reportedly see the OxyContin maker declaring bankruptcy and paying big. Is that enough for people on the ground?
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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Johnson & Johnson hit with $572 million opioid ruling — what happens now?

by David Brancaccio and Redmond Carolipio Aug 27, 2019
Johnson & Johnson is appealing the decision, which could be the first of many legal battles.
A judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in connection with the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.
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Trump plans to fight opioid epidemic online, in ads

by Dan Gorenstein Mar 19, 2018
Congressional hearings on more than a dozen opioid bills start on Wednesday. Today President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to tackle the epidemic … including a multimillion dollar media blitz that he promises will keep kids from getting hooked on…

Philadelphia makes an economic case for safe injection sites

by Dan Gorenstein Feb 15, 2018
The facilities could save at least $2 million a year by reducing expensive ambulance rides, emergency room trips and hospital visits, the city says.
A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, which has become a hub for heroin use.
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The Uncertain Hour

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stop marketing opioids to doctors

by Marketplace Staff and Associated Press Feb 10, 2018
Purdue’s promotions exaggerated the drug’s safety and risks of addiction, leaning heavily on one sentence used by sales reps to market the drug to doctors.
The prescription medicine OxyContin is displayed Aug. 21, 2001 at a Walgreens drugstore.
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