As the opioid epidemic rages, the fight against addiction moves to an Ohio courtroom

Saturday, April 7, 2018

MCARTHUR, Ohio — The opioid epidemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in Vinton County. Teachers buy shoes for students whose addicted parents send them to school in footwear held together with tape. Overdose deaths have surged. Foster care is overwhelmed. The jail is bursting at the seams. The expenses related to caring for the children of
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Man to serve life in prison for selling heroin that killed man

Thursday, March 29, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Kalamazoo man will spend the rest of his life in prison for selling heroin that led to a Portage man's death. Steven Craig Whyte, 29, was convicted Wednesday, March 28, by a federal jury of five crimes, including distribution of heroin resulting in death, conspiring to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of
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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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