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New York attorney general exposes $1 billion in wire transfers by Sackler family


This article introduces an additional facet of the investigation into the Sackler family, its relationship to Purdue Pharma and the opioid crisis.  Although the Sackler family denies the allegations, the New York attorney general is claiming the family moved money in an attempt to protect it from investigators and/or litigation. This allegation comes on the ...Read more

Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse


This potentially game-changing study quantifies the economic value that faith-based programs bring to drug prevention and treatment. We plan to do a more complete analysis of the report's findings but wanted to make it available sooner rather than later as it was recently widely announced. Minimally, the report highlights the importance of supporting public policies ...Read more

Purdue Pharma offers $10-12 billion to settle opioid claims


According to this article and other news reports, the Sackler family is negotiating to settle the 2,000 suits that have been brought against Purdue Pharma for its role in causing the opioid crisis. The billion dollar settlement would involve payments from the Sackler family as well as revenue generated from Purdue's pharmaceuticals. According to the ...Read more

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay Oklahoma $572 Million In Opioid Trial


This story summarizes the Oklahoma decision which calls for Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its part in causing the opioid crisis in that state. This is the first ruling to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis.  The case relied on public nuisance law which requires those found guilty to pay ...Read more

It’s Positioned as the “Go-To Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction” But it has Downsides


This story highlights both arguments for and against the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to address the opioid crisis. The primary argument for is that it can save lives by helping patients to manage withdrawal symptoms.  The primary arguments against include: its widespread diversion to illegal use, the tendency for pharmacies where it is sold to ...Read more

Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database


Following up on The Washington Post's eye-opening article based on the DEA drug tracking database, the Post made this online, searchable version of the database available. The web site allows users to search by state and country to view a breakdown of the total number of pills supplied during the six-year period from 2006 to ...Read more

76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic


A stunning revelation that exposes the magnitude of the pharmaceutical company abuse that helped kick off the opioid crisis. In a short six year period, enough opioids were pushed to give every man, woman and child in the country more than 200 pills each.  The article paints a picture of massive abuse by a handful ...Read more

The Pharma Companies and Execs Who Fueled the Opioid Crisis Should Face the Same Fate as El Chapo

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Ryan Hampton, a nationally known advocate in the recovery movement, a former White House staffer and author of American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis — and How to End It, points out the discrepancy in the way we treat the pharmaceutical company executives responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis in comparison to our ...Read more

Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4 billion in largest opioid settlement in US history


The largest opioid settlement in history comes, not from a company that oversold opioids, but from a company profiting from the crisis. This should be a strident alarm for any community, city or state considering moving to a model that focuses on making Suboxone or other Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) drugs widely available, particularly when ...Read more

Oklahoma, Teva Pharmaceuticals reach $85 million settlement in opioid case


The state of Oklahoma is going after the drug companies which it blames for helping to create the opioid addiction crisis. Having settled out of court in May with Teva Pharmaceuticals for 85 million dollars, and in March of 2019 Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin for $270 million, they will now take Johnson and Johnson ...Read more