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Topic: Legislation, Regulation & Litigation

Posts covering federal, state and local legislation and regulatory actions as well as litigation impacting the addiction field.

Biden picks former West Virginia health official as nation’s drug czar

July 29th, 2021|

Rahul Gupta, ally of Sen. Manchin (D-WV), would oversee drug policy strategy if confirmed

Gupta, a primary-care doctor who previously served as West Virginia’s health commissioner, led Biden’s transition efforts for the drug policy office and serves as the top health official at maternal and child advocacy group March of Dimes, would be the first physician to serve as drug czar if confirmed by the Senate.

House reshapes approach to mental health and addiction

July 28th, 2021|

House lawmakers are restructuring their bipartisan task forces dedicated to combating the drug epidemic and expect the chamber to consider behavioral health legislation this year, members told CQ Roll Call. The push is spearheaded by four lawmakers in an effort to broaden the scope of legislative efforts beyond opioids to include all forms of addiction and mental health... The co-chairs’ first action will be to introduce a resolution that would designate September as National Recovery Month. The former Bipartisan Opioid Task Force released an agenda of bills each session, and Kuster says the new group’s agenda will be “coming out shortly.” “In the next couple of months, we’ll come right out with it,” said Kuster, pointing to other bipartisan successes such as a 2016 medical research law that included resources for treatment and prevention of mental illness and addiction. Congress has passed multiple wide-ranging laws in recent years to fund prevention and expand treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. Fitzpatrick said the task force intends to meet with the president and vice president once the group has its agenda.

Biden Admin to Halt Plans to Nix X-Waiver Require­ment

January 28th, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... The new administration appears to be taking a different tact from the previous administration when it comes to rules related to the distribution of buprenorphine. According to the article, in the closing days of the Trump administration, guidelines were published that would have loosened

Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to federal criminal charges over opioid crisis

November 3rd, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... An apparent conclusion to the Federal prosecution of the Sackler family company for its part in bringing on the opioid crisis. This does not, however, end litigation for the Sacklers. According to the article "about 2,800 cities, counties, Native American tribes and other

Florida Forces Opioid Abusers to Get Help

March 9th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Florida Forces Opioid Abusers to Get Help Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  Pew Charitable Trusts (March 7, 2018)    |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Where do your Constitutional rights end? Do they end when you are convicted of a crime, or in this case, when someone who is not a judge, can determine, without your consent, that you should be involuntarily

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

September 14th, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW New York attorney general exposes $1 billion in wire transfers by Sackler family Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  CNN (9/14/2019)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... 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

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

September 3rd, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Purdue Pharma offers $10-12 billion to settle opioid claims Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  NBC News (8/27/19)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... 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

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

August 31st, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay Oklahoma $572 Million In Opioid Trial Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  NPR (8/26/19)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... 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

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