Dec 16 2018
09:05 pm

Now Mike Moore has taken aim at the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, claiming they should pay for the epidemic of addiction and death that has swept this nation. As you'll hear in a moment, he has powerful new evidence that he says proves that states like Ohio, among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, should collect billions from all the companies he's suing.

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Opioids are killing more children and teens, too, study says

Nearly 9,000 pediatric deaths were attributed to opioids from 1999 through 2016, according to a report published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open. During that 18-year span, the mortality rate for youth due to opioid poisonings nearly tripled.

Opioids killing more children

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Family accused of profiting from the nation's opioid crisis

A court ruling Monday in Massachusetts will expose details about one of America's richest families and their connection to the nation's opioid crisis.

The Sacklers and members of their company Purdue Pharma have been named in a lawsuit that accuses them of profiting from the opioid crisis by aggressively marketing OxyContin, claims denied by attorneys for the family and Purdue.

One of America's richest families is accused of profiting from the nation's opioid crisis

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Origins of an Epidemic...

But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating the company found that Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information.

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

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It sold Oxycontin, company saw market for anti-addiction drug

Capitalism and health care

Purdue Pharma, one of the pharmaceutical companies accused of fueling the deadly opioid crisis, considered selling an anti-addiction drug to "an attractive market" of people struggling with addictions, according to newly unveiled court documents.

First it sold Oxycontin, then pharma company saw market for anti-addiction drug, suit says

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Federal penalty for heroin

Federal penalty for heroin trafficking is 10 years to life for a first offense.

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Another friend down

I just lost another friend to addiction last week. Pills, opioids, were his drug of choice. Followed by beer, Red Bull, hard liquor and antidepressants. I find it ironic that, while it's the opium that sets the hook, it's the massive doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen that really attack the liver, kidneys and pancreas. I believe it's wholly appropriate to charge Marsha Blackburn, as well as anyone profiting off the abuse of these drugs with murder in the first degree, as these are nothing more than murder for payment.

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Former sales exec says opioid maker bribed doctors

The former head of sales for an opioid manufacturer took the stand in federal court here Friday to describe how he followed directions to recruit and bribe doctors for years to increase sales of the company's highly addictive drug

...former executives, including founder and former billionaire John Kapoor, were accused of defrauding insurance companies and bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl-based pain drug when it wasn't needed

Former sales exec says opioid maker Insys bribed doctors to prescribe drugs

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Johnson and Johnson 2018 political contributions

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The Knoxville News-Sentinel:

The Knoxville News-Sentinel: Knox judge refuses to dismiss opioid lawsuit


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Fentanyl deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000% over six years

Beginning in 2014, though, fentanyl-related deaths began to double each year. In 2014, fentanyl was involved in 4,223 deaths. In 2015, it was 8,251 deaths. And in 2016, fentanyl-related deaths had jumped to 18,335.

Fentanyl deaths skyrocket

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