March 9, 2022

16 Defendants, Including 12 Physicians, Sentenced to Prison for Distributing 6.6 Million Opioid Pills and Submitting $250 Million in False Billings

Sixteen Michigan and Ohio-area defendants, including 12 physicians, have been sentenced to prison for a $250 million health care fraud scheme that included the exploitation of patients suffering from addiction and the illegal distribution of over 6.6 million doses of medically unnecessary opioids.
March 8, 2022

Explainer: What's next for Purdue Pharma after $6 billion opioid settlement?

March 8 (Reuters) - Members of the Sackler family that own Purdue Pharma struck a new settlement last week with a group of eight states and the District of Columbia to resolve widespread litigation accusing the OxyContin maker of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.
March 9, 2022

16 defendants from Michigan and Ohio sentenced in $250 million health care fraud scheme

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The United States Justice Department announced Wednesday 16 defendants from Michigan and Ohio, including 12 physicians, were sentenced to prison for a $250 million health care fraud scheme.
February 25, 2022

Cardinal Health to payout billions in massive opioid lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson and its three largest drug distributors will pay a combined $26 billion to communities affected by the opioid crisis.
February 4, 2022

Adolescents and young adults lost more than 1.25M years of life to drug overdose deaths in a 4-year period, study finds

When someone young dies from a drug overdose, families not only mourn the loss of their loved one, but also the decades of life that go un-lived.
March 2, 2022

Judge Gives More Time for Purdue Pharma Settlement Talks

A judge said he is extending legal protections for members of the Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma by another three weeks to buy time to work out a new settlement to thousands of lawsuits over the opioid crisis.
February 17, 2022

Ohio AG's office study suggests link between stimulus checks, overdose deaths

Dave Yost said there was a "causal connection" between the stimulus checks in 2020 and the overdose death spike that the state saw in the spring.
February 17, 2022

COVID-19 economic impact payments and opioid overdose deaths

Given the global economic recessions mediated by the COVID-19 pandemic and that many countries have implemented direct income support programs, we investigated the timing of the COVID-19 economic impact payments and opioid overdose deaths.