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'I'm a drug addict,' a columnist wrote. Then the backlash began.

September 19, 2019


David Lazarus, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, last week wrote a column detailing his struggles quitting antidepressants, but his articletitled, "Hi, I'm David. I'm a drug addict"received backlash from some critics for conflating substance use disorders and physical dependence.

OxyContin maker Purdue files for bankruptcy. What does that mean for opioid lawsuits?

September 17, 2019


Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement the drugmaker reached with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories that are suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Purdue Pharma proposes deal to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits—but some states are holding out

September 12, 2019


Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Mallinckrodt reaches settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

September 10, 2019


Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that it has reached a "settlement in principle" with two Ohio counties in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next month that claims opioid drugmakers, distributors, and others contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Why even doctors with opioid use disorder seldom get 'the gold standard' of care

September 9, 2019


While medication-assisted treatment is considered "the gold standard" for managing opioid-related substance use disorders, most state programs for health care professionals seeking to recover from opioid use disorders often deny access to such medications.

He died of an overdose—after $110,000 in substance use disorder treatment

September 6, 2019


Sean Blake died of a drug-related overdose in August 2017, after nearly a decade cycling in and out of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs that cost his family $110,000—a story that highlights the flaws in the U.S. SUD treatment system.

HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019


HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Purdue Pharma is looking to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits, sources say

August 28, 2019


Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, are in discussions with state and local governments to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against the company over its alleged contribution to the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations.

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