Criticism

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February 19, 2020

Cuyahoga County Council angered over lack of answers about opioid settlement money

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County Council members fumed Wednesday over their inability to get answers from the administration of County Executive Armond Budish about plans for spending some of the money the county won in settlements with opioid manufacturers.
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February 13, 2020

Clyde blasts opioid settlement proposal

Many of Ohio’s local governments appear satisfied with a proposal that would award them a 30% cut of the money from a potential settlement with the drug industry over the deadly opioid epidemic. However, one Portage County commissioner blasted state officials for keeping more money than the local governments facing costs related to addiction.
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March 4, 2019

The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run

Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.
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February 26, 2019

The Opioid Crisis Isn't White

Last April, The Baltimore Sun ran an op-ed essay by a woman in mourning. Her sister, a “middle-class suburban mom,” had become addicted to alcohol and opioids and died. Two years earlier, The Wall Street Journal published the names and photographs of some of the 300,000 Americans who had died of opioid overdoses since the 1990s. Smiling faces stared back at the reader with eyes full of promise.
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