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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

Oct. 21, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland's Cuyahoga County and...

The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell

Oct. 21, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a settlement in opioid lawsuits (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A group of state attorneys general is pushing officials from other state and local governments to accept a $48 billion deal to settle all the opioid-related lawsuits against two drugmakers and the three biggest...

US stocks close broadly higher, led by tech companies, banks

Oct. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

Technology companies and banks helped power stocks on Wall Street broadly higher Monday, extending the market's gains of the past two weeks. The rally came as investors found fresh reason for optimism as the U.S. and China continue negotiations aimed at resolving their costly trade war. China's top negotiator...

State announces new opioid disposal program

Oct. 21, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pharmacies in Ohio will soon offer biodegradable bags so people who are prescribed opioids for work injuries can safely dispose of any opioids they don't use. Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement that the program is intended to prevent addiction when injured workers are prescribed...

Lawyer confirms to AP that a group of drugmakers and distributors has reached a tentative deal to settle opioid lawsuit

Oct. 21, 2019 8:26 AM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawyer confirms to AP that a group of drugmakers and distributors has reached a tentative deal to settle opioid lawsuit.

4 more public forums set in WVa on substance abuse response

Oct. 21, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four more public forums are set this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The meetings are scheduled for Monday at the University of Charleston student union ballroom, Tuesday at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office training center in Martinsburg,...

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

Oct. 21, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the national opioid crisis. The committee of unsecured creditors...

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

Oct. 21, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who...

Arrest after huge fentanyl seizure in Southern California

Oct. 20, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of fentanyl have been seized in Orange County — enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal doses. The Orange County Register reports the seizure last week yielded almost half the amount of fentanyl...

Meth crisis rising in Wisconsin amid effort to fight opioids

Oct. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jess Przybylski had never really dealt with loss. Then the father of her children was killed in a car crash. In 2011, her friends offered her methamphetamine to distract from the grief. Soon after, Przybylski lost her job. Her two children were taken from her once, then once more when she...