City of Kent to sue opioid companies for deceptive practices

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Kent City Council unanimously agreed to join hundreds of other cities across the nation to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors for deceptive marketing practices. The council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to authorize Mayor Dana Ralph to hire the Seattle law firm of Keller Rohrback on a contingency fee basis to file the lawsuit. Council members
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CNN Exclusive: The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

Monday, March 12, 2018

(CNN)As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid
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Kentucky State Police Angel Initiative Offers Addiction Treatment

Thursday, March 1, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/1/18) — Gov. Matt Bevin joined Kentucky State Police today to announce the launch of the Angel Initiative. The Angel Initiative encourages individuals suffering with a substance use disorder to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment. The program encourages individuals seeking addiction treatment to visit a KSP post,
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F.D.A. to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addicts

Sunday, February 25, 2018

In an effort to encourage new treatments for opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The change is part of a wider effort to expand access to so-called medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. The agency
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Opioid Epidemic Cannot Be Fought Through War on Drugs

Friday, February 16, 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a piece for The Oberlin Review about the opioid epidemic, specifically in Ohio, and what could be done about it. Since then, there has been no significant reduction in opioid-related deaths in the state or in the nation. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio’s drug overdose rate increased to 39 percent from
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Facing up to Trafficking

Friday, February 9, 2018

In 2017, law enforcement in Ohio investigated more cases of human trafficking than in any year since the state has been keeping track. The 202 such cases statewide tracked by the state attorney general’s Human Trafficking Commission represent a 50 percent increase just from 2016. The report showed that some who were trafficked were used for forced
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