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October 21, 2019

Drug firms avert landmark opioid trial as talks on $48-billion settlement set to resume

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four large drug companies could resume talks on Tuesday to try to reach a $48 billion settlement of all opioid litigation against them, after agreeing with two Ohio counties to a $260 million deal to avert the first federal trial over their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic.
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October 21, 2019

Drug companies strike 11th-hour deal to avoid major opioid trial

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 trial was set to begin today.
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October 21, 2019

Family impacted by opioid crisis wants reckoning

Four of the six defendants in a landmark federal case against opioid manufacturers and distributors negotiated a last-minute settlement. The tentative deal reportedly will cost those companies a combined $260 million, but avoids a trial that was supposed to begin in Cleveland Monday morning.
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October 21, 2019

The opioid crisis is forcing more kids into the foster system

West Union, Ohio — Four major drug companies reached a last-minute settlement Monday, avoiding the first federal trial in the opioid epidemic. The companies, McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and Teva Pharmaceutical, reached a settlement totaling $260 million with two counties in Ohio.
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October 21, 2019

State Announces New Opioid Disposal Program

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) — Pharmacies in Ohio will soon offer biodegradable bags so people who are prescribed opioids for work injuries can safely dispose of any opioids they don't use.
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October 21, 2019

1st Federal Opioid Crisis Trial to Focus on Distribution

First federal trial on U.S. opioid crisis is to focus on how powerful prescription painkillers were distributed.
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October 19, 2019

Here, the opioid crisis is bigger than politics. As rehab centers replace pill mills, an Ohio River city fights back

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Dale King rumbled into the parking lot in his military Jeep, a black 1940s-style clunker that he maneuvered with a skull-tipped stick shift. Heavy metal music blasted from the garage that he and some friends had converted to a gym for the neighboring addiction center.
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October 17, 2019

Candidates Propose Decriminalizing Opioids. What Would That Look Like In Ohio?

During Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, two candidates discussed the idea of decriminalizing opioids.
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