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Opioid crisis

Expert says pharmacies colluded in opioid growth

CLEVELAND — National pharmacies like Walmart, Walgreens and CVS and a regional pharmacy in Giant Eagle colluded with pharmaceutical companies in flooding opioid drugs throughout Trumbull and Lake counties and throughout the rest of the country, according to Dr. Anna Lembke, a psychiatrist and ...

Settling cost of opioids

WARREN — Dennis J. McGee hopes Warren city leaders pause to consider what residents may want it to do with the nearly $500,000 it could receive in a possible opioid lawsuit settlement announced earlier this month. McGee, 72, tragically lost two sons four years ago. One son, Brian, to a ...

City approves $500K opioid deal

WARREN — City council on Tuesday agreed to accept $500,000 as part of a multistate opioid lawsuit settlement that initially will provide about $4.5 million to Ohio. However, Warren’s share can increase to $709,096 if other conditions of the agreement are met over the course of the next 18 ...

County on pace to break overdose death mark

WARREN — It appears Trumbull County is on track to surpass a record set in 2017 for the most fatal overdoses in the county in one year. In 2017, 56 deaths were recorded by June 28. Through June 28 this year, 57 fatal overdoses were logged, but 10 more from that time period still are ...

Lawsuits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. The ...

Overdose deaths rise once again in Trumbull County

WARREN — Drug overdose rates that went down in 2018 are back on the rise in 2019, and Trumbull County is on track to match record accidental overdose deaths in 2017, according to the executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. “The tox screens show that ...