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

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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

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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


In Newly Released Deposition, OxyContin Owner Defends Response to Reports of Abuse

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Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, now has one of it's former Presidents, Richard Sackler, in legal hot water. During his deposition given in March 2019, it became clear that the family made billions of dollars in profit without giving due care or concern for the effects that were created ...Read more


The science of addiction remains unsettled

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Conversations about the underlying nature of addiction often turn contentious. Sometimes, they devolve into disputes with the character and zeal of a holy war. The prevailing wisdom holds that addiction is a disease, often likened to diabetes. That perspective is practically the only theory covered in popular media and, in some circles, questioning it is …Read more


Addiction is a Complex Condition

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History has made it clear there is no simplistic, single-model solution to addiction. We can’t arrest our way out of the problem, nor can we eliminate drug abuse by trying to scare everyone out of starting. Similarly, it’s long been known there are many pathways to recovery. In our attempts to understand and address drug …Read more


Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or Set-Up for Opiate Addicts?

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This article, written by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, articulates the problems associated with a single pathway approach to recovery. It focuses on drug treatment approaches that exclude alternatives in favor of long-term reliance on drugs such as methadone or Suboxone. This includes a caution against the likely unintended consequences of wholesale  adoption of ...Read more


Huge national opioids lawsuit moves forward

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The seriousness that is often missed when statistics are rattled off on the lives lost to opioids, was brought to a succinct statement by Judge Dan Polster in his ruling of the Ohio suit against Purdue Pharma and others, when he said, "It is accurate to describe the opioid epidemic as a man-made plague, 20 ...Read more


Health board aims to curb drug overdoses of Indigenous Torontonians

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Sensitivity to the specialized needs of Indigenous Torontonians are not being met, or so some feel in that specialized community. A report completed for Toronto Public Health that was spear-headed by an Indigenous consultant says that there is a perception that the service workers do not understand this culture and that the opioid users feel ...Read more


Massachusetts pre-hearing memorandum in case against Purdue Pharma

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This links to the the pre-hearing memorandum from Massachusetts in their case against Purdue Pharma. In general, the case centers around Purdue Pharma publicly denial that its opioids were addictive, although internally they acknowledged it and devised a plan to profit from them. The family that owns Purdue Pharma, the Sacklers, approved public marketing plans ...Read more