Synthetic opioids

FILE - This Monday, June 17, 2019, file photo, shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. Two Ohio counties are asking a judge to find that drugmakers and distributors were not allowed to ship suspicious orders of controlled substances to pharmacies. If a judge sides with the request from Cuyahoga and Summit counties, it would clear the way for the governments to assert that drug companies ignored the regulations as a nationwide opioid crisis continued to grow. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 19, 2019 - 9:53 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn't abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal filing...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, oxycodone pills are displayed in New York. Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm
The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more than...
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Eddie Davis walks past tributes on his way to his son Jeremy's gravestone, who died from the abuse of opioids, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Coalton, Ohio. Newly released prescription opioid statistics underscore how widespread pill use has been in towns and small cities of America’s Appalachian region. In Jackson County, an average yearly total of 107 opioid pills for every resident were distributed over a seven-year period. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 18, 2019 - 1:29 pm
JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural county deep in Appalachia. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, containers depicting OxyContin prescription pill bottles lie on the ground in front of the Department of Health and Human Services' headquarters in Washington as protesters demonstrate against the FDA's opioid prescription drug approval practices. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
July 18, 2019 - 5:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as...
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A pedestrian walks across the street from a McKesson sign on an office building in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. McKesson distributed more than 18% of the nation's opioids from 2006 to 2012 — the most of any company — but said it didn't push sales. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 17, 2019 - 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the...
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July 16, 2019 - 11:14 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case...
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July 15, 2019 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says it's moving toward potentially covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain as an alternative to opioid painkillers that can become addictive. The agency announced its initial decision Monday. For now, access will be limited to seniors signed up in government-...
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Baltimore Fire Dept. paramedics transport a patient from the Man Alive drug treatment center on Maryland Avenue Monday, July 15, 2019 shortly after a shooting. At least two people are dead and a police sergeant and a woman are injured following a shooting at a methadone clinic in Baltimore, police said Monday. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 3:31 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man demanding methadone opened fire at a Baltimore addiction clinic Monday, killing one person and wounding a police sergeant before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference that the gunman had gone...
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Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, works in the MRI lab at the National Institutes of Health’s research hospital in Bethesda, Md., on Thursday May 16, 2019. Volkow is studying how anti-addiction medicines work inside the brains of people undergoing treatment for opioid abuse. In the background are NIH neuroimaging specialists Dana Feldman and Danielle Kroll. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 09, 2019 - 11:49 am
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lying inside a scanner, the patient watched as pictures appeared one by one: A bicycle. A cupcake. Heroin. Outside, researchers tracked her brain's reactions to the surprise sight of the drug she'd fought to kick. Government scientists are starting to peek into the brains of...
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FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster poses for a portrait in his office in Cleveland. Polster is holding a hearing Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Cleveland on a plan pitched by lawyers for local governments on distributing money to nearly 25,000 municipal and county governments. The plan would take effect if companies that make and distribute the powerful prescription painkillers agree to one or more legal settlements. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 25, 2019 - 9:17 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tension is emerging between lawyers representing state and local governments over the path forward in a set of lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the toll of the nation's opioid crisis. A federal judge scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Cleveland on a plan...
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