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Category Archive: Opioid Crisis

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Melatonin Overdoses Spike Among New York Kids

Melatonin Overdoses Spike Among New York Kids

| Opioid Crisis
Mostly because of the mental effects on COVID-19 lockdowns, melatonin poisoning incidents have increased 600 percent. Sales of melatonin, a hormone which regulates the body’s natural sleep cycle, have increased 150 percent since 2016. Mostly because of impure ingredients in many melatonin pills, several countries, not including the United States, have banned over-the-counter melatonin sales.…Read the article
Partner Fights Opioid Epidemic, Wins $2.5M+ Verdict

Partner Fights Opioid Epidemic, Wins $2.5M+ Verdict

| Opioid Crisis
Partner Fights Opioid Epidemic, Wins $2,575,000 Plaintiff’s Verdict Against Prescribing Physician Napoli Shkolnik partner Chris Schnieders earned a significant trial win focused on the opioid epidemic with a $2,575,000 Plaintiff’s verdict against Wichita psychiatrist Elsie Steelberg, M.D. and her practice Advocates for Behavioral Health, P.A. Plaintiff Nicholas Moon was a victim in the mass shooting…Read the article
Opioid vs. Opiate: The Difference (and Why It Matters)

Opioid vs. Opiate: The Difference (and Why It Matters)

| Opioid Crisis
Opioids and opiates are both highly addictive and it is helpful to understand what they are. Deaths in the United States from drug overdose, involving opioids, have significantly increased in recent years. The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) reported that from March 2020 to March 2021 there were 96,779 drug overdose deaths. NCDAS…Read the article
How Opioid Litigation Settlements Help Affected Communities

How Opioid Litigation Settlements Help Affected Communities

| Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis in the United States continues to be a cause of concern, affecting thousands of individuals and communities. In 2019, the National Institute for Drug Abuse reported nearly 50,000 cases of opioid-related deaths. The increasing number of opioid overdose deaths can be attributed to an increase in the prescription of opioid painkillers and…Read the article
Accountability for the Opioid Crisis

Accountability for the Opioid Crisis

| Opioid Crisis
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared opioid addiction a public health emergency. With a reported 1.6 million people estimated to struggle with an opioid use disorder each year, this declaration was long overdue. The public calls for accountability for the opioid crisis. As the country struggles to overcome the epidemic,…Read the article
NY Judge Threatens Endo Pharma, Attorneys with Contempt

NY Judge Threatens Endo Pharma, Attorneys with Contempt

| Opioid Crisis
In Suffolk County, NY, Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo has ordered Endo Pharmaceuticals and its attorneys, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, to explain at a hearing on August 25 why they withheld critical evidence from the New York Attorney General and lawyers for Nassau and Suffolk County, who have sued Endo over its marketing of…Read the article
Manhattan Doctor Sentenced in Fentanyl Bribery Case

Manhattan Doctor Sentenced in Fentanyl Bribery Case

| Opioid Crisis
A local court sentenced 51-year-old Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, of New Rochelle, to five-and-half years in prison. Goldstein had previously pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted kickbacks and bribes to prescribe Fentanyl to his patients. According to court documents, Insys paid Goldstein about $200,000 to stop prescribing a competitor’s product and start prescribing Insys’ Fentanyl.…Read the article
Coronavirus Leads to More Drug Overdose Deaths

Coronavirus Leads to More Drug Overdose Deaths

| Opioid Crisis
The coronavirus outbreak is making yet another serious problem even worse, fatal drug overdose deaths are up 50 percent in Nassau County, and other nearby jurisdictions report similar statistics. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Rydersaid the spike is due to people self-medicating with a combination of painkillers and alcohol. “People are out of work, people…Read the article

How are We Fighting the Opioid Crisis in 2020 America?

| Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis in the US has been building since the 1990s. Today, opioids have become the primary drugs causing overdose deaths, and the National Safety Council reports that the odds of dying from an opioid overdose are now higher than those of dying in a car crash. But public awareness of the crisis has…Read the article
Walgreen’s in Hot Water Over Phony Pharmacist

Walgreen’s in Hot Water Over Phony Pharmacist

| Opioid Crisis
The drugstore chain agreed to pay $7.5 million in fines after an unlicensed pharmacist at several San Francisco Bay locations illegally filled more than 700,000 prescriptions over a ten-year period. According to California prosecutors, Kim Thien Le stole license numbers from other pharmacists to fill prescriptions for Fentanyl, morphine, and other painkillers. Le pleaded guilty…Read the article
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