Author Archives: Scott Wiseman

Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits

The ruling Monday ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to clean up Oklahoma’s opioid crisis could impact similar lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for overdose deaths across the country. And the impact could be felt rather quickly. A federal judge in Ohio is presiding over 1,500 opioid lawsuits brought by […]

Purdue Pharma, Sackler family offer $10B-$12B to settle opioid lawsuits

OxyContin maker Purdue PharmaOpens a New Window. has offered $10 billion to $12 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits related to its alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis. The proposal emerged from mediation hearings between lawyers for the Sackler family-owned pharmaceutical firm and at least 10 state attorneys general and plaintiffs’ attorneys, NBC NewsOpens a New Window.reported, citing […]

Sex Workers’ Aurora Snow Struggles With Drug Addiction

rugs. Overdoses. Suicides. Dead porn stars. Life in the entertainment industry can be as dark as it is glamorous. Criticism that comes from being in the spotlight is unavoidable, especially if the word “sex” is used to describe your occupation; and for those that already suffer from depression or addiction, the added scrutiny might become unbearable. Being […]

Drug Rehab Facts: How often does the average college student drink?

More than one million college students ages 18–22 drink alcohol every day, and about two million use illicit drugs every month, according to a new analysis of federal data. Long seen as a rite of passage or part of the college experience, drug and alcohol abuse among young college students continues to be a national health problem. […]

Donald Trump Prescription Drug Rehab Plan for 2019

In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the wholesale level; it is silent about the transactions by millions […]

What drugs are included in the opioid epidemic?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others     Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from […]

Johnson & Johnson faces court judgment over opioids crisis

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