Latest Prescription drug addiction News

Doctor gets 2 years prison in bribe scam over painkiller

Oct. 28, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor once honored for his efforts in relieving patients' chronic pain was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for accepting kickbacks in the form of speaking fees from a pharmaceutical company to prescribe large amounts of a highly addictive painkiller. Todd Schlifstein was...

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

Oct. 6, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have...