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April 17, 2019

Opioid Users Call Kratom a Godsend. The F.D.A. Says It’s a Menace.

The steep rise in the number of people suffering opioid addiction has helped spawn the widespread use of another substance: kratom, a green powdered herbal supplement that is widely available and virtually unregulated.
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April 17, 2019

Doctors in seven states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex

Dozens of medical professionals in seven states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids.
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April 17, 2019

Dayton ‘pill mill’ included in 5-state drug bust that targeted medical pros

Five defendants involved with a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy have been indicted as part of the largest prescription opioid takedown in U.S. history, according to federal officials. 
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April 14, 2019

Drug-makers seek info on millions of Ohioans in opioid lawsuits

The drug companies that Ohio officials blame for fueling the state’s opioid epidemic are demanding highly personal information about its victims.
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April 12, 2019

Ohio doctor found guilty of killing patient by overprescribing opioids

A Hamilton, Ohio doctor will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of 37 charges related to illegally prescribing pain pills to patients.
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April 10, 2019

Opioid Maker Charged With Fraud In Marketing Drug As Less Prone To Abuse

Federal prosecutors late Tuesday charged British drug maker Indivior with felony fraud and conspiracy for its marketing of opioid products including Suboxone. The company allegedly created a "nationwide scheme" in the U.S. designed to convince doctors and government insurance providers their patented opioid medications are safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic alternatives.
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April 8, 2019

Opioid Evangelist Switches Sides in Case Alleging Pharma Abuse

A doctor who was an early evangelist for increased use of highly addictive opioids like OxyContin to treat chronic pain--and who was paid to promote the idea--has switched sides and now says drug makers helped to create a U.S. epidemic by failing to acknowledge the risks of abuse.
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April 4, 2019

How the Opioid Epidemic Became a Uniquely American Problem

Hosts of the NPR podcast Throughline wanted to look at the history of opioid use in America. What they found is it’s not a story about drugs, but about pain
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