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Category Archive: Opioid Crisis

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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
Benzodiazepines: Overlooked Part of the Opioid Epidemic

Benzodiazepines: Overlooked Part of the Opioid Epidemic

| Opioid Crisis
Over a two-year period, doctors wrote almost sixty-six million prescriptions for diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, and other “benzos.” These drugs are highly addictive and have extremely harmful side effects. Doctors often prescribe benzos for anxiety or sleeplessness. These drugs are highly addictive. Additionally, among older adults, benzodiazepines significantly increase the risk of falls. Dr. Joanna Starrels,…Read the article
Automotive Assembly Plant Closures And Opioid Overdoses

Automotive Assembly Plant Closures And Opioid Overdoses

| Opioid Crisis
A recent study showed an association between automotive assembly plant closures and opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. The study compared counties that had automotive assembly plant closures with ones where the plants remained open from 1999 to 2016. Researchers examined opioid overdose death rates among adults ages 18 to 65 and selected 112 manufacturing…Read the article

Firm Obtains Landmark Settlement: Federal Opioid Litigation

| Opioid Crisis
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is happy to announce that our client Cuyahoga County, one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, has reached a landmark $260 million settlement against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic. This settlement, on behalf of our client Cuyahoga County, Ohio, as well as Summit County,…Read the article
Colton Haynes & Dylan McDermott Share Addiction Stories

Colton Haynes & Dylan McDermott Share Addiction Stories

| Opioid Crisis
The former Arrow regular is just starting the road to sobriety, and the veteran actor has successfully stayed on that path for thirty-five years. In 2018, a combination of “depression, anxiety, alcoholism, & addiction” forced Haynes into a California hospital. Yet he describes his recovery as “the most beautiful struggle I’ve ever had to go…Read the article
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