June 7, 2021

Cuyahoga County to fund infant mortality programs with Johnson & Johnson opioid settlement

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County officials announced late last week plans to use $2.3 million in settlement money to fund two programs aimed at reducing infant mortality.
February 4, 2021

Ohio, other states reach $573 million settlement with McKinsey over role in opioid epidemic

Ohio will receive $24.7 million as part of a $573 million settlement against a firm that promoted the sales of prescription painkillers, helping to fuel an opioid epidemic in Ohio and nationally that’s led to rising overdose deaths and increasing government costs to address addiction issues.
June 11, 2021

Court orders Ohio pharmacy, 2 pharmacists to stop dispensing dangerous doses and combinations of opioids and other controlled substances

A federal court in Ohio ordered a Toledo pharmacy and two of its pharmacists to pay a $375,000 civil penalty and imposed restrictions related to the dispensing of opioids and other controlled substances.
May 28, 2021

Key Opioid Trials To Watch As Cases Heat Up Nationwide

Law360 (May 28, 2021, 9:18 PM EDT) -- With the coronavirus crisis cooling down, a pressure cooker of opioid litigation is heating up with long-awaited trials across the country.
May 27, 2021

McKinsey, opioid plaintiffs spar over MDL venue

Consulting firm McKinsey & Co Inc on Thursday urged the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a new MDL in the Southern District of New York consolidating lawsuits by local governments accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic through its work advising drug manufacturers.
May 12, 2021

Ohio's plan to distribute an anti-OD drug triggers questions, claims of racial bias

Ohio is launching a targeted deployment of naloxone, sending 60,000 doses of the antidote for an opioid overdose to 23 counties.
May 17, 2021

CDC: Ohio’s opioid epidemic cost $72 billion in 2017

Ohio’s opioid epidemic caused an economic loss of more than $72 billion in 2017, the second most per capita of any other state in the U.S., according to CDC research.
April 7, 2021

Pharmacies face peril without opioid settlements, Cleveland federal judge says

CVS Health Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance and other pharmacy chains face mounting pressure to settle thousands of government lawsuits over their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic after a federal judge warned the companies they risk financial peril.