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Gov. Walz Signs Opioid Bill Targeting Drug Makers, Distributors

Several new state laws go into effect Monday, including one that says drug makers and distributors will help pay the price for the opioid epidemic. Surrounded by advocates, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law to help fight the opioid epidemic in the state.

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5/24/2020

article Drug distributor employees emailed a parody song about ‘pillbillies,’ documents show
(Ohio) -- As the opioid epidemic raged in 2011, employees of drug distributor AmerisourceBergen, Corp., shared an email: a parody of the theme song for the “...

5/12/2020

article B.C. moves to 'safe supply' as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic
(British Columbia) -- Melissa Steinhauer remembers the first time she overdosed, waking up surrounded by paramedics and not wanting to be taken to hospital. "It was...

3/24/2020

article Walz: White Earth, Leech Lake should not have pay back $29M used for opioid treatment
(Minnesota) -- Good news for the White Earth and Leech Lake nations: If Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has his way, they won’t be required to come up with $29 million to...

3/16/2020

article Edmonton doctor, patient concerned as government plans to defund intensive opioid therapy
(Alberta) -- Rick Majoros didn't know where he was when he woke up under fluorescent light in early September. His breath was shallow and his body was limp. The...

3/14/2020

article Lawyers argue Sackler family shouldn’t be shielded in opioid lawsuits
(New York) -- Letting the ultra-rich Sacklers use their company’s bankruptcy to shield them from opioid lawsuits sends the wrong message about the justice system,...

2/27/2020

article Opioid companies say lawyers' fee demand threatens settlement talks
(USA) -- Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies facing thousands of lawsuits over their role in the opioid epidemic have warned that settlement talks will be...
article Billings doctor accused in drug kickback scheme on Montana reservation
(Montana) -- A Billings doctor has been accused in federal court of prescribing a diabetes drug from a pharmacy for more than $45,000 in kickbacks during a previous work...
article Native nations tackling opioid epidemic
(Wisconsin) -- The opioid epidemic is impacting communities everywhere and now native nations are working to tackle the issue. Wisconsin officials said young Native...

2/26/2020

article Federal indictment made in fentanyl overdose death case
(North Carolina) -- A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned a criminal bill of indictment on February 20, 2020, charging Shannon White, 42, an enrolled member...

2/24/2020

article Native communities working to combat opioid crisis
(Wisconsin) -- The opioid crisis is impacting communities everywhere, but Native American leaders in Wisconsin say their community is at a greater risk. The opioid...

2/15/2020

article Cherokee Nation opioid lawsuit remanded to federal court in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s landmark opioid lawsuit has been remanded to federal court in Oklahoma, putting the case on a path to resolution and trial.

2/14/2020

article Governor wants agreements with tribes to tackle crime, meth
(South Dakota) -- Governor Kristi Noem is asking the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota to work with the state in fighting crime and illegal drugs on their...

2/13/2020

article 'I found my purpose': Haisla man working to save his own from Vancouver's opioid crisis
(Vancouver) -- On a cold, damp winter Thursday morning, James Harry walks the grimy charcoal pavement of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Harry moves effortlessly...

2/12/2020

article Cherokee Nation opioid lawsuit remanded to federal court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s landmark opioid lawsuit has been remanded to federal court in Oklahoma, putting the case on a path to resolution and trial. The...
article Local governments in Ohio seeking unity in opioid litigation
(Ohio) -- Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately in Columbus Tuesday to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid...

2/10/2020

article Modoc treatment center set to open
(Oklahoma) -- A much anticipated treatment center is nearing completion and is anticipated to open here in the next two to three weeks. The comprehensive treatment...

1/30/2020

article The Irony of Opioids
(USA) -- In early September, Purdue Pharma tentatively settled lawsuits with thousands of municipal governments and almost two dozen states. Purdue, the plaintiffs...

1/14/2020

article More than 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly disclosed federal drug data shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014...

1/11/2020

article No Easy Answers Forthcoming on Opioid Crisis, Experts Say
(USA) -- According to the NPR article, over 400,000 Americans have died of opioid-related causes since the epidemic began in the 1990s. “Thousands of states, local...

12/29/2019

article Sen. Tina Smith introduces bill to help tribes address the opioid crisis
(Minnesota) -- U.S. Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota introduced a bill – along with a number of other members of the U.S. Senate – to help tribal communities...

12/23/2019

article From pills to fentanyl: Three personal stories that show how the opioid crisis evolved
(USA) -- Three drugs are responsible for creating the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic: prescription pain pills, heroin and fentanyl. As of 2018, the crisis had claimed more...

12/20/2019

article Several White Earth deaths being investigated as possible overdoses
(Minnesota) -- Several recent deaths on the White Earth Reservation are being looked into as possible drug overdoses, but there have been no official findings yet as to...

12/18/2019

article ‘How can we prevent the heart from breaking?’ White Earth reviews opioid overdose deaths
(Minnesota) -- Clinton Alexander has a large poster on the wall of his office in the White Earth Nation’s public health center. It's designed to be used for...

12/15/2019

article Alpine-based Native American health center receives $750K to fight opioid abuse
(California) -- The Southern Indian Health Council in Alpine will receive a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice intended to help officials combat opioid...

12/14/2019

article Sackler-owned opioid maker goes global with OD treatment
(Worldwide) -- The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be...

12/6/2019

article 'SELL BABY SELL': Inside the opioid industry's marketing machine
(USA) -- A dozen years ago, the federal government came down hard on Purdue Pharma, fining the drugmaker and three of its executives a record $634 million for...
article ‘SELL BABY SELL!’: Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine
(USA) -- A dozen years ago, the federal government came down hard on Purdue Pharma, fining the drugmaker and three of its executives a record $634 million for...
press release Indian Health Service and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations regarding neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome
(Indian Country) -- Yesterday, the Indian Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health released clinical...

12/5/2019

article Purdue Pharma CEO Might Be Granted $1.3M Bonus By Bankruptcy Judge In Midst Of Legal Battles Over Opioid Crisis
(New York) -- States involved in the opioid dispute with the company argued against the bonus. "Purdue should not award bonus payments to [CEO Craig Landau] before...

12/4/2019

article Opioids killing First Nations Albertans at disproportionate rates, report shows
(Alberta) -- The death toll from Alberta's opioid epidemic is disproportionately claiming the lives of First Nations people, concludes a new report from the...

12/3/2019

article New court documents show former Purdue Pharma chief's role in marketing OxyContin
(Oklahoma) -- New court records reviewed by Stat show how Richard Sackler, a former executive at Purdue Pharma, guided the company's promotional strategy for the...

11/20/2019

article Man sentenced in MN heroin conspiracy
(Minnesota) -- A man involved in a Minnesota heroin distribution conspiracy has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.

11/18/2019

article Oregon health officials detail plan to put opioid overdose kits in the workplace
(Oregon) -- The Oregon Health Authority and its partners debuted a new program to help employers and their employees respond to opioid overdoses in the workplace. The...

11/15/2019

article Indigenous experts share harm reduction strategies at first-of-its-kind forum in Calgary
(Alberta) -- Following dozens of opioid related overdoses and two states of emergency, the Blood Tribe's chief and council have started looking for answers in their...

10/24/2019

article North Spirit Lake First Nation declares state of emergency
(Ontario) -- Chief and council in North Spirit Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario declared a state of emergency Thursday stating in a written release that "...
article Several States Have Doubts About $48 Billion Opioid Settlement Offer
(Ohio) -- Several U.S. states that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic are pushing back on a proposed $48 billion settlement framework that would resolve thousands...
article Tribal Health to offer training with naloxone for opioid overdoses
(Montana) -- Tribal Health will begin training interested members of the community in how to administer naloxone, a lifesaving drug during episodes of opioid overdoses.

10/22/2019

article Native Americans Have Been Hit Hard By Opioid Crisis
(USA) -- Native Americans have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic with the second-highest death rate related to opioid use in the U.S, according to the Centers for...

10/21/2019

article Drug companies strike 11th-hour deal to avoid major opioid trial
(Ohio) -- Major drug companies reached a late-breaking settlement with two Ohio counties over their alleged role in the opioid epidemic hours before the first federal...
article Last-ditch opioid settlement in Ohio could open door for much larger deal
(Ohio) -- The settlement buys time for the drug companies to try to fashion a more wide-ranging settlement with the 2,400 cities, counties, Native American tribes and...
article BLOG: Opioid-addiction litigation heads to complex trial
(Ohio) -- Talks to settle lawsuits involving the opioid epidemic appeared to be at a standstill on Sunday, just a day before the trial is set to begin
article Family impacted by opioid crisis wants reckoning
(Ohio) -- Four of the six defendants in a landmark federal case against opioid manufacturers and distributors negotiated a last-minute settlement. The tentative deal...

10/20/2019

article Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits
(USA) -- A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue’s...

10/19/2019

article Drug Companies Fail to Reach Settlement Ahead of Opoid Crisis Trial
(Indian Country) -- Six drug companies accused in thousands of lawsuits over their role in the nation's opioid epidemic failed to reach a settlement with governments...

10/18/2019

article Drug Companies May Pay $50 Billion For Their Role In The Opioid Crisis
(USA) -- Five of the many companies accused in thousands of federal and state lawsuits over the nation’s opioid epidemic may settle for over $50 billion, according...

10/17/2019

article Police stop pills headed for reservation
(North Dakota) -- Two Detroit-area men who were on their way to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to sell drugs were arrested Wednesday in Bismarck with more than 200...

10/16/2019

article COLE: Changing the course of the opioid epidemic
(Indian Country) -- While it takes time to change the course of a national health crisis, I am encouraged that noticeable progress has been made to combat the epidemic...
article High-profile trial over who should pay for the opioid crisis begins
(Ohio) -- The U.S. opioids epidemic has claimed more than 400,000 lives and left millions of people addicted, strained health care, law enforcement and social service...
article Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial
(Ohio) -- Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation’s opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the...
article The Latest: Day 1 of Opioid Lawsuit Jury Selection Concludes
(Ohio) -- The atest on jury selection in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal...

10/11/2019

article Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners
(New York) -- A judge is pushing for a settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a decision Friday to pause litigation against the...
article Native American Tribes Want Own Voice in Purdue Bankruptcy
(USA) -- A group of Native American tribes is asking for its own voice in the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma LP, saying that the opioid crisis has disproportionately...

10/9/2019

article Arizona Backs Out Of Purdue's Opioid Settlement
(Arizona) -- Arizona has withdrawn from a multi-state settlement with Purdue Pharma LP that would end roughly 2,000 opioid suits brought by local governments, states and...

10/2/2019

article Feds warn about possibly tainted pills in Bellingham
(Washington) -- Federal prosecutors are warning people in the Bellingham area that street pills could be tainted, after a woman who took them died.
article Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions
(Arizona) -- Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.

9/27/2019

article Johnson & Johnson appeals Oklahoma's $572M opioid ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is appealing an Oklahoma judge's $572 million order against the company and its subsidiaries for helping...

9/26/2019

article Judge in opioid litigation won't remove himself from case
(Ohio) -- The federal judge in Cleveland overseeing national opioid litigation denied the requests Thursday of several drug companies that he remove himself from the...

9/25/2019

article Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions
(Arizona) -- Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.

9/23/2019

article Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions
(Arizona) -- Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise....

9/19/2019

article Fentanyl Drug Finds New Home in First Opioid Crisis Bankruptcy Deal
(USA) -- Insys Therapeutics Inc. won bankruptcy-court approval Thursday to sell Subsys, the opioid that spawned criminal racketeering charges against its top executives...
article Partisan split could snarl strategy to fix opioid crisis
(USA) -- Last year, 49 states and thousands of cities, counties and territories joined in massive litigation designed to punish the drug industry for its role in the...

9/18/2019

article We Didn’t Stand a Chance Against Opioids
(Alaska) -- My ancestors had no written language, so they told their stories to the trees. Ten thousand years after the Tlingit people settled Alaska’s...
article Arizona part of opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma
(Arizona) -- Arizona is among the more than two dozen states and 2,000-plus other governmental entities that have reached a tentative legal settlement with OxyContin...

9/17/2019

article Afghanistan and Iraq veterans were the 'ground zero' of the opioid crisis: Study
(Worldwide) -- Veterans who were stationed in Afghan and Iraqi war zones after the 9/11 terror attacks have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis, according to new...
article Purdue Says 'Lives, Dollars' At Stake In Bankruptcy Case (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- Besieged opioid maker Purdue Pharma LP made its first appearance in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday, winning approval to pay almost $2 million to key...

9/16/2019

article Purdue Pharma, Accused Of Fueling Opioid Crisis, Files For Chapter 11
(Oklahoma) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night, just days after striking a settlement with more than 2,000...
article Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle opioid lawsuits. Here is what we know
(Oklahoma) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, said it has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle lawsuits accusing the company of fueling...
article Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.
(Oklahoma) -- After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part...
article Lawsuits Highlight Government Failures In Opioid Crisis
(Oklahoma) -- As the cases proceed, critics say blame for the addiction crisis should be shared by government officials, who saw that opioid sales were skyrocketing...

9/14/2019

article The makers of OxyContin may have tried to hide $1 billion in assets
(New York) -- As lawsuits mount against the company responsible for making OxyContin — a drug blamed for helping to spark the nation’s opioid crisis — New York Attorney...
article Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge
(Ohio) -- Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal...
article ‘Tactic 8’ in the secret drug industry plan to defeat the DEA: Find a champion in Congress
(Ohio) -- Newly unsealed documents in a landmark civil case in Cleveland provide clues to one of the most enduring mysteries of the opioid epidemic: How were drug...

9/13/2019

article Tribe holds opioid overdose awareness event
(Montana) -- Holding purple balloons with the names of loved ones who had passed away, a group of children from the Tonto Apache Tribe recently walked through the...

9/10/2019

article In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Is Now An Existential Threat
(Oklahoma) -- Here in the foothills of the lush Ozark Mountains, where the Cherokee Nation re-formed its government after U.S. soldiers marched members of the tribe out...
article Yakama Nation hosts seminar to address opioid epidemic
(Washington) -- The opioid crisis is an ongoing problem throughout the country. In tribal lands it's no exception. This is one reason the Yakama Nation hosted an...

9/9/2019

article Sacklers Reject Demand That They Surrender Personal Wealth To Settle Opioid Claims
(Ohio) -- The family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, has rejected a demand that they give up $4.5 billion of their personal wealth to settle opioid claims...
article The Sacklers Reportedly Stalled an Opioid Settlement Because They Don’t Want to Hand Over $4.5 Billion
(Ohio) -- The family behind Purdue Pharma reportedly doesn’t want to sacrifice a bigger chunk of their personal wealth to settle the thousands of opioid-related...

9/8/2019

article Email: Opioid talks fail, Purdue bankruptcy filing expected
(Ohio) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation's deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys...
article In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Seen as Existential Threat
(Oklahoma) -- Here in the foothills of the lush Ozark Mountains, where the Cherokee Nation re-formed its government after U.S. soldiers marched members of the tribe out...

9/7/2019

article Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult
(USA) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made headlines earlier this year when it reached a landmark deal with Oklahoma over the toll the opioids crisis has taken on that...

9/6/2019

article Purdue Pharma in Talks With Justice Department to Resolve Criminal, Civil Probes
(Washington D.C.) -- Purdue Pharma LP is in discussions with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve criminal and civil probes related to its prescription painkiller...

9/3/2019

article KHN: Sacklers Could Emerge From Opioid Settlements With Personal Fortune Largely Intact
(New York) -- There are talks that Purdue Pharma could be close to a $10 billion-$12 billion settlement in a consolidated court case centered on what role drugmakers...

8/31/2019

article Osage Nation files lawsuit against opioid manufacturing companies
(Oklahoma) -- It is a full blown public health crisis, and as a judge said in a Norman courtroom earlier this week, Johnson and Johnson helped fuel the fire of our...

8/28/2019

article “This ruling is huge”: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million for fueling opioid epidemic
(Oklahoma) -- In a landmark ruling, an Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for contributing to the state’s opioid crisis. It marks...

8/27/2019

article Johnson & Johnson ruling becomes pivotal moment in opioid fight
(Oklahoma) -- A judge’s ruling on Monday that Johnson & Johnson caused an opioid epidemic in Oklahoma is a good sign for other cities and states suing...
article Johnson and Johnson to appeal Oklahoma opioid verdict as thousands of other cases loom
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma judge’s ruling Monday holding drugmaker Johnson & Johnson legally liable for the state’s opioid drug crisis was the first of...

8/26/2019

article Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma's opioid crisis, judge rules
(Oklahoma) -- A judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma’s opioid crisis, ordering the health-care company to pay $572.1...

8/25/2019

article Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US
(Oklahoma) -- The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has...

8/6/2019

article Elevated opioid risks found at some Native American hospitals
(Arizona) -- U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...

8/5/2019

article IHS hospitals put Native Americans at opioid risk, audit says
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols...

8/2/2019

article Federal Audit: Phoenix Indian Medical Center Failed at Opioids Oversight
(Arizona) -- The nationwide opioid epidemic has touched the lives of people just about everywhere, but tribal communities have been among the hardest hit. A new audit of...

7/31/2019

article Audit calls for more oversight on opioid prescriptions by Indian Health Services
(South Dakota) -- A federal audit now confirms what our KELOLAND News investigation uncovered about opioid prescriptions on South Dakota’s Indian Reservations. An...

7/30/2019

article Blood Tribe killer: Pregnant woman in detox shares struggle with opioid addiction
(Alberta) -- For many individuals, overcoming a drug addiction is no easy task. Trying to overcome that addiction while pregnant, is a much different situation. “I...
article Police still battling drug wars
(Arizona) -- Gila County last year got $318,000 from a state/federal grant program to strengthen its investigations of drugs and gangs. It spent most of the money...

7/26/2019

article Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs
(South Dakota) -- Relatives: Recently, I spoke at a funeral of a young mother. Hers was a life that ended too soon. As I spoke, I could not help, but think of her small...
article 'Underfunded and under attack': Cowichan Valley coping with opioids, housing crisis
(British Columbia) -- Community leaders in the Cowichan Valley have taken the drastic step of asking residents to write to government officials and demand action on...

7/24/2019

article Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals
(Arizona) -- U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...

7/22/2019

article Audit: Government Hospitals Put Native Americans at Risk With Opioids
(Indian Country) -- Government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...
article Damning Report On Continuing Problems At IHS Hospital Highlights How Deep And Systemic The Issues Are
(Indian Country) -- Despite increased resources and attention, problems continue to plague the Rosebud hospital on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Even...
article Hospitals are putting Native American patients at risk for opioid abuse, audit says
(Indian Country) -- U.S. government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...
article Navajo Nation wants feds to address opioid risk
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation leaders are troubled by a federal audit that found government hospitals have put Native American patients more at risk for opioid abuse and...
article What you'll see at Long Island's American Indian powwows
(New York) -- American Indian history is intertwined with Long Island’s own story, and this summer, three tribal nations will once again celebrate with the...
press release Vivera Pharmaceuticals Names Greg Cervantes Director of Government Affairs
(California) -- Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on non-addictive pain management, today announces the appointment of Mr. Greg Cervantes to...

7/19/2019

article 3,271 Pill Bottles, a Town of 2,831: Court Filings Say Corporations Fed Opioid Epidemic
(Florida) -- The Walgreens employee was bewildered by the quantity of opioids the company was shipping to just one store. Its pharmacy in Port Richey, Fla. (population 2...

7/18/2019

article Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis
(Washington) -- 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...

7/15/2019

article Wind River tribes re-establish program to help those battling drug and alcohol problems
(Wyoming) -- Wind River Reservation tribes are restarting a program meant to address participants’ substance abuse issues while keeping them out of jail. Wind...
press release Lake Oswego man sentenced to federal prison for distributing fentanyl from China leading to overdose death
(Oregon) -- Joseph Richard Caruso, 34, a prolific darknet narcotics vendor residing in Lake Oswego, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison and three...

7/14/2019

article Closing arguments set in Oklahoma's case against drugmakers
(Oklahoma) -- Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in Oklahoma's case against Johnson & Johnson alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries...

7/12/2019

article Minnesota’s ‘Hybrid Court’ Offers Addicts an Alternative to Jail
(Minnesota) -- Jason Drift’s drug use seemed to increase every time he suffered a death in the family. A 44-year-old environmental services worker on the Bois...

7/10/2019

article Drug overdoses jump dramatically in six weeks
(South Dakota) -- In the last six weeks drug overdoses have risen dramatically in Minnehaha County. According to an OD-Map used by law enforcement, there have been 53...
article NAC: Help for opioid addiction
(Indian Country) -- All Indian Health Service facilities are drafting action plans for patients to seek medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. That’s...

7/1/2019

article Gov. Walz Signs Opioid Bill Targeting Drug Makers, Distributors
(Minnesota) -- Several new state laws go into effect Monday, including one that says drug makers and distributors will help pay the price for the opioid epidemic....
article New law takes on opioid overdose epidemic
(Minnesota) -- As of Monday, companies that make, sell and distribute powerful opioid painkillers in Minnesota will foot part of the bill for addiction treatment and...

6/30/2019

article As opioid lawsuits balloon in Louisiana, potential settlement dollars face these complexities
(Louisiana) -- If you live in Louisiana, there is a good chance your local government has filed a lawsuit against opioid makers or distributors, seeking damages for the...

6/28/2019

article DOI Report: Over 3,200 pounds of “illegal narcotics” seized in Indian Country last year
(Indian Country) -- About one-and-a-half tons of illegal narcotics were seized by law enforcement officials in Indian County last year. The Division of Drug Enforcement...

6/27/2019

article Drug Bust Campaign
(Indian Country) -- The U-S Department of the Interior says over 32-hundred pounds of illegal narcotics were seized during the past year in Indian Country. The Opioid...

6/19/2019

article Eastern Shoshone Tribe joins opioid lawsuit
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has filed its own complaint in the multi-district lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors that already has rallied...
article “We Didn’t Cause the Crisis”: David Sackler Pleads His Case on the Opioid Epidemic
(New York) -- OxyContin made the Sackler family billions—but now, after 400,000 opioid deaths, it’s made them near-pariahs, their philanthropy rejected....

6/17/2019

article Nevada attorney general files wide-ranging opioid lawsuit
(Nevada) -- Nevada's attorney general expanded the state's lawsuit against the maker of the opioid OxyContin on Monday to include the company's former...
article Nevada files new lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, retailers
(Nevada) -- Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced a massive lawsuit Monday accusing dozens of drug manufacturers and distributors of propagating the state’s...

6/13/2019

article Tribe Sues Over Opioid Abuse
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Reservation has announced it is joining the numerous cities and counties nationally who are pursuing a lawsuit...

6/12/2019

article Nebraska's AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten...

6/11/2019

article Opioid crisis continues in Indian Country as 100+ tribes to file lawsuits against big pharma companies
(Indian Country) -- In a move demonstrating big pharma companies are one of the root causes of opioid problems plaguing Indian Country, more than 100 tribes are setting...

6/10/2019

article Opioid maker Insys files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
(USA) -- Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, touching off a battle for cash between federal authorities who blamed the company...

6/3/2019

article More states sue opioid maker alleging deceptive marketing
(USA) -- California, Hawaii, Maine and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against the maker of OxyContin and the company's former president, alleging the...

5/31/2019

article Tribe hosts opioid training
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes hosted a free opioid response training at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center, May 28 and May 29, bringing together local tribal...

5/30/2019

article New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S...

5/29/2019

article Tribes sue big-pharma over opioid harm
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes have filed a lawsuit against major manufacturers of opioids, alleging devastating health effects on tribal communities resulting from...

5/28/2019

article Oklahoma opioid trial begins as state lays blame for crisis on drug companies
(Oklahoma) -- Motivated by greed, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries deliberately flooded the market with prescription painkillers, deceptively promoted them and...

5/26/2019

article Blood Tribe sees significant drop in overdose numbers
(Alberta) -- After a tumultuous 2018 that saw 335 overdoses on the southern Alberta Blood Tribe reserve, officials say they are seeing relief in numbers, thanks to a...
article Long-awaited opioid trial to begin Tuesday in Norman: More than 140 journalists have requested credentials
(Oklahoma) -- Barring a last-minute settlement, the eyes of the national news media will focus on the county courthouse here Tuesday for the start of a trial where...
article 'Incredible efforts' chipping away at Oklahoma's opioid crisis
(Oklahoma) -- The war against opioid addiction is being waged on many fronts in Oklahoma, including research labs, recovery centers, the Legislature and individual...

5/24/2019

article High-stakes opioid trial to begin Tuesday in Cleveland County
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma’s case against drug companies it accuses of flooding the state with addictive painkillers, leaving tens of thousands of...

5/17/2019

article Minnesota to sue Sackler family members in Purdue Pharma opioid litigation
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is naming members of the family behind opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma in the state's ongoing lawsuit over...
article Anishinabek Police Service says impact of Project Disruption felt in remote communities
(Ontario) -- Despite its focus to date being in Thunder Bay, the effects of Project Disruption are being felt throughout the region, an inspector with the Anishinabek...

5/14/2019

article Piikani Nation opioid support group first of its kind in southern Alberta
(Alberta) -- An opioid support group hosted by Peigan Prevention Counselling Services is the first for the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta. The once-a-week evening...

5/13/2019

article America’s Drug Problem Hits Home for North Carolina’s Cherokee Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were...

5/10/2019

article Colville Tribes sues opioid manufacturers, distributors
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has filed a lawsuit on against major manufacturers and distributors of opioids, alleging devastating...
article Noem: Reclaiming hope in the midst of addiction
(South Dakota) -- The lone graduate stood in front of the audience and tried to hold back tears as she told her story of addiction and her plans to stay clean - for her...

5/9/2019

article Native American activist calls on Canadian First Nations to sue opioid makers
(Alberta) -- An activist and advocate for Native Americans and tribal issues is calling on Canadian First Nations to take action against opioid producers.

5/8/2019

article OP/ED: How Sen. Elizabeth Warren would tackle the opioid crisis
(USA) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday unveiled a revamped, $100 billion plan to address the opioid crisis that calls for directing significant new resources to...

4/29/2019

article Judge: Former opioid advocate can testify against industry
(New York) -- A federal jury will be able to hear from a doctor who spent decades advocating for broader use of powerful prescription painkillers before turning against...

4/23/2019

article 2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation
(Minnesota) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two...
article ‘Warn the people you love;’ couple raises awareness of drugs and violence on the CRIT reservation
(Arizona) -- Raymond Meza and Phyllis Rayes Robledo are two people on a mission. They want to end the substance abuse and violence that plague the Colorado River Indian...

4/22/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education, prevention
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is hoping to end opioid misuse in Indian Country by helping Cherokee families with programs that focus on education,...

4/19/2019

article California man sentenced for trafficking oxycodone on Rocky Boys Reservation
(Montana) -- A California man who admitted supplying prescription pain pills for distribution on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation was sentenced on April 18 to 92 months...
article Cherokee Nation takes steps against opioid abuse
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/18/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education and prevention
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/17/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education, prevention programs
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/15/2019

article Tribal lawsuit in opioid case awaits a decision
(Oklahoma) -- Lloyd B. Miller was introduced as one of the foremost experts on tribal self-governance when he spoke at the MCN Pain Management and Opioid Addiction...

4/7/2019

article Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis
(New Mexico) -- Northern New Mexico is known for tourist attractions such as artsy Santa Fe, eclectic Taos and the healing dirt of El Santuario de Chimayó. The region...

4/6/2019

article Minneapolis, Hennepin County unveil new strategies for tackling opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials on Thursday released a sweeping set of recommendations for tackling the opioid epidemic, with a focus on...

4/5/2019

article Minneapolis, Hennepin County unveil new strategies for tackling opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials on Thursday released a sweeping set of recommendations for tackling the opioid epidemic, with a focus on...

3/29/2019

article Opioid use creates ‘public health emergency’ for pregnant Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service is working with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to create an opioid-use treatment program tailored...

3/28/2019

article The Opioid Epidemic Hits Hard in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids...

3/26/2019

article The nationwide opioid litigation movement reached its first major settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The public still won't hear details regarding Purdue Pharma's push to market the painkiller OxyContin. Testimony from members the company...
article Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $270 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit
(New York) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, agreed to pay $270 million to avoid going to a state court trial over the...

3/25/2019

article 500+ Cities, Counties & Tribes Sue Sackler Family over Opioid Crisis
(USA) -- And a group of over 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes filed a lawsuit against members of the Sackler family for their role in creating “the...
article SD paramedic allegedly stole opioids from ambulance service
(South Dakota) -- A paramedic is charged with stealing several different drugs from a South Dakota Indian reservation ambulance service. Kelo Land reported that Dane...

3/24/2019

article Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis
(USA) -- More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family -- owners of...

3/22/2019

article OxyContin Maker Sackler Family Sued by 500 Cities, Shunned by Tate Galleries
(USA) -- Members of the Sackler family, who owns opioid OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, are now being sued by a conglomerate of more than 500 cities, counties and...
article Tohono O'odham Police Seize 43K Fentanyl Doses
(Arizona) -- Police on the Tohono O'odham Nation say a tribal-led task force is responsible for getting 43,000 doses of fentanyl off the streets. Tohono O'odham...

3/21/2019

article ND Leaders Discuss Solutions To Opioid Epidemic On Native American Reservations
(North Dakota) -- While the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives across the country, North Dakota state leaders met to talk about its affect on Native American...
article Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker
(USA) -- A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the...

3/20/2019

article Hearing held on combatting drug usage in Indian country
(North Dakota) -- Sen. John Hoeven brought Washington, D.C., to Bismarck on Wednesday. He's the chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs and says promoting safety...

3/18/2019

article Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service hosting youth opioid awareness conference
(Ontario) -- When Terry McCaffrey became chief of the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service seven months ago, one of the first things he did was purchase Naloxone kits for...

3/16/2019

article U.S. officials seize 30,000 fentanyl pills on an AZ Indian reservation
(Arizona) -- U.S. officials say they’ve seized 30,000 fentanyl pills that were being trafficked by a Mexican drug cartel on an Arizona Indian reservation that sits...

3/12/2019

article Lummi Tribal Health Center warns community of ‘a significant increase in overdoses’
(Washington) -- The Lummi Tribal Health Center issued a drug overdose warning via its Facebook page last week after a pregnant Lummi woman died from a heroin overdose....

3/11/2019

article OP/ED: As the opioid crisis grinds on, we need national consensus on drug policy
(British Columbia) -- The seemingly unending opioid overdose crisis with its litany of deaths and near-deaths has not only sapped the energy if first responders, it...

3/10/2019

article Oklahoma judge refuses to delay first trial of responsibility for opioid crisis
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma judge declined Friday to postpone the first major trial of whether drug companies bear responsibility for the opioid crisis, leaving the state...

3/8/2019

article Putting Trudeau on Notice, Union of BC Indian Chiefs Declares Opioid Crisis “A State of Emergency” and Supports First Nations Conference to Address the Epidemic
(British Columbia) -- The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has passed a forceful resolution imploring action by embattled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

3/6/2019

article Conference To Examine Link Between Problem Gambling, Opioid Use Disorders
(Maine) -- A conference in one of Maine's biggest cities will look at the link between problem gambling and the opioid crisis. The conference is set for Wednesday in...

3/5/2019

article Purdue Pharma bankruptcy would follow a long and shady corporate tradition
(USA) -- Purdue Pharma, the embattled drugmaker behind OxyContin, is reportedly considering bankruptcy protection as it faces some 2,000 lawsuits over allegations that...
article For the Cherokee tribe in western North Carolina, America’s drug problem hits home
(North Carolina) -- Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were...
article Opioid Crisis Hits Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- Four South Dakota tribes are suing 24 opioid makers and distributors. In the lawsuit, the Rosebud Sioux, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Sisseton Wahpeton...
article Opioid Epidemic On South Dakota's Indian Reservations
(South Dakota) -- The opioid epidemic has made its way from both coasts to KELOLAND. But often overlooked in this crisis are South Dakota's Indian Reservations....
article Purdue Pharma bankruptcy would follow a long and shady corporate tradition
(USA) -- Purdue Pharma, the embattled drugmaker behind OxyContin, is reportedly considering bankruptcy protection as it faces some 2,000 lawsuits over allegations that...

3/4/2019

article OxyContin maker Purdue is exploring bankruptcy, reports say
(USA) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing as it faces hundreds of lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid epidemic, Reuters...

2/25/2019

article Addiction-Hit Miccosukee Tribe Sues Big Pharma
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has joined in the nationwide litigation revolt against opioids, seeking more than $100 million in a federal...

2/22/2019

article Miccosukee Tribe Sues Opioid Manufacturers Over Drug Epidemic
(Florida) -- By now, the havoc wreaked by opioids on communities across the United States — especially white, rural areas — is well known. But particularly...

2/20/2019

article 'When I'm around my people, I feel safe': City aims to combat Indigenous overdoses amid opioid crisis
(Toronto) -- Catching up in the bustling lobby of an east-end Toronto clinic and supervised consumption site, Les Harper and Lawrence Boyer have lots to talk about...

2/6/2019

article Opioid MDL Judge Mulls BakerHostetler DQ, Vents Frustration (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis said Wednesday that he may disqualify a BakerHostetler attorney on conflict-...

2/1/2019

article Purdue Brass 'Milked' $4B From Opioid Addiction: Mass AG (sub req)
(Massachusetts) -- Purdue Pharma LP’s controlling Sackler family paid itself $4.2 billion in opioid money over 10 years as the company aggressively pushed sales...

1/30/2019

article Warm Springs tribe files major opioid lawsuit
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe in Oregon filed a major lawsuit over opioid addiction that names well-known pharmaceutical makers and retail outlets. According to...

1/29/2019

article BakerHostetler Atty Accused Of Misusing Info In Opioid MDL (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The city of Cleveland has filed a redacted motion in Ohio federal court laying out its reasons for seeking to disqualify a BakerHostetler partner and former U....
article Bellwether Trial In Opioid MDL Delayed Another 7 Weeks (sub req)
(Ohio) -- An Ohio federal judge agreed Tuesday to once again push back the start date of the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the country's...
article One of America's richest families is accused of profiting from the nation's opioid crisis
(Massachusetts) -- A court ruling Monday in Massachusetts will expose details about one of America's richest families and their connection to the nation's opioid...

1/26/2019

article Family behind OxyContin maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts attorney general is targeting Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family who own the company, alleging in a lawsuit they...

1/23/2019

article Missoula County becomes latest to sue over opioid crisis
(Montana) -- Missoula County is the latest among a slate of city, county, state and tribal governments in Montana to sue drug companies over the nation’s opioid...

1/22/2019

article Reserves calling for help with opioid crisis
(Saskatchewan) -- Residents in the tri-reserve area suffering the effects of the opioid crisis are renewing their call for help. Last week, the Federation of Sovereign...

1/18/2019

article OP/ED: Oxycontin “blizzard of prescriptions”
(Massachusetts) -- A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s...

1/17/2019

article Opioid Distributors Want 6th Circ. RICO Ruling Before Trial (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Sixth Circuit should decide whether Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and nuisance claims in multidistrict litigation over the...

1/15/2019

article ‘A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin
(Massachusetts) -- When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch...

1/14/2019

article Blood Tribe marks opening of new detox centre
(Alberta) -- A southern Alberta community that’s been hit hard by the opioid crisis is now home to a new detox centre. A ribbon cutting for the long-awaited...
article Cracking Down on Opioid Opportunists
(USA) -- The opioid epidemic is causing a rise in the number of treatment centers and recovery residences that offer services for people with substance use disorder (SUD...

1/13/2019

article This is why the federal government has a hard time regulating prescription opioids
(Washington D.C.) -- This past week, President Trump argued on national television that to end the opioid epidemic, Congress needed to fund the building of a wall at the...

1/9/2019

article Mille Lacs Band chief executive credits grassroots partnership in fight against opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- In her 2019 State of the Band Address Tuesday, Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin spoke of headway being made in the war against opioid and...

1/6/2019

article 'Culture of practice' explains ND’s widely varied opioid Rx rates
(North Dakota) -- Prescription opioid use in North Dakota has a distinctive geography. Use intensity of the narcotic painkillers varies considerably by county. The rate...
article Blood Tribe overdoses up 86 per cent in 2018: Report
(Alberta) -- A recent report released by health officials shows an 86 per cent increase in opioid overdoses on the Blood Tribe between 2017 and 2018. The Blood Tribe...

1/2/2019

article 2nd Bellwether Track Set In Opioid MDL (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation has issued an order creating a second track of bellwether cases, saying the first track...

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