Criminal Justice

September 25, 2019

U.S. Accuses 11 Doctors Of Illegally Peddling Opioids In Appalachian States

Federal prosecutors are charging 11 doctors with unlawfully distributing opioids and other substances, in the second large operation to target "pill mill" operators and health care fraud this year. Two other people also face charges in the sting.
September 24, 2019

Feds: Green Township doctor charged in opioid bust

CINCINNATI — A Green Township doctor was one of 11 physicians charged in a federal drug bust, officials said in a news release Tuesday.
August 27, 2019

Ohio hospital where doctor accused of opioid murders worked settles lawsuits

(Reuters) - The Ohio hospital that employed a doctor charged with 25 counts of murder for giving often fatal doses of opioid painkillers to dozens of sick patients said on Tuesday it has settled two wrongful death lawsuits for a total of $9 million.
September 18, 2019

Who’s to blame for the nation’s opioid crisis? Massive trial may answer that question

For the families of the roughly 400,000 Americans who have died of opioid drug overdoses since 1999, a legal drama scheduled to unfold in an Ohio courtroom next month may feel like a true shot at justice.
September 1, 2019

Ohio attorney general sues to stop upcoming opioid trials

Upcoming trials seen as test cases for forcing drugmakers to pay for societal damage inflicted by the opioid epidemic should be delayed until Ohio's own lawsuits against the drugmakers can be heard, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost argued in a lawsuit.
May 2, 2019

Opioid Executive John Kapoor Found Guilty In Landmark Bribery Case

A jury in Boston has found onetime billionaire and drug company executive John Kapoor and his four co-defendants guilty of a racketeering conspiracy. The verdict came Wednesday after 15 days of deliberation.
April 28, 2019

Courthouse one-stop-shop aims to ease path to sobriety for opioid addicts

In what could be the first-of-its-kind courthouse-based program in Ohio, jail inmates upon release receive their initial shot of Vivitrol, a medication that reduces cravings and blocks brain receptors from feeling opioids’ effects, in Franklin County Municipal Court.
April 24, 2019

County Jails Struggle With A New Role As America's Prime Centers For Opioid Detox

Faced with a flood of addicted inmates and challenged by lawsuits, America's county jails are struggling to adjust to an opioid health crisis that has turned many of the jails into their area's largest drug treatment centers.