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Opioid crisis

Fri. 9:41 a.m.: Purdue Pharma deal has families deflated, angry but hopeful

For those who lost loved ones in the opioid crisis, making sure the family behind OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma paid a price was never just about money. What many wanted was a chance to confront the Sackler family face to face, to make them feel their pain. While some may get that chance — ...

Fri. 8:27 a.m.: J&J, distributors finalize $26B landmark opioid settlement

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis this morning, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the ...

Liberty schools join opioid crisis lawsuit

YOUNGSTOWN — The Boardman and Liberty boards of education have joined a list of local governments and Native American communities in suing a Washington, D.C., consulting company, alleging it advised pharmaceutical companies on how to sell lots of addictive drugs that caused children to be ...

Overdose deaths topped 100K in pandemic year

NEW YORK — An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades, accelerated in the past two ...

Opioid settlement panel rejected

WARREN — A motion from Trumbull County Commissioner Niki Frenchko to create an opioid settlement panel to advise commissioners on how to spend money acquired through opioid crisis responsibility litigation died for a lack of a second. The nine-member advisory panel Frenchko recommended ...

Misconduct leads to removal of juror

CLEVELAND — A federal judge Monday declined to declare a mistrial in the opioid crisis responsibility trial filed against several pharmacies by Trumbull and Lake counties. But a juror was thrown off the jury for the ongoing trial after she conducted an investigation on her own in regards to ...