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Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

Jan. 16, 2019 8:55 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were...

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were...

Growing opioid crisis adds to Puerto Rico's problems

Jan. 7, 2019 1:52 PM EST

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jose Carlos Laviena emptied his pockets, took off his shoes and waited to die. He had just injected himself with a new type of heroin that his dealer was promoting, but the high was so strong that Laviena thought he had overdosed. The 35-year-old was preparing his body for how...

Updated lawsuit teases new details against OxyContin maker

Dec. 23, 2018 7:06 AM EST

An updated complaint in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller. The filing late Friday in Suffolk Superior Court expands on the lawsuit the state filed in June against the...

Updated lawsuit teases new details against OxyContin maker

Dec. 22, 2018 2:25 PM EST

An updated complaint in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller. The filing late Friday in Suffolk Superior Court expands on the lawsuit the state filed in June against the...

NFL suspends Patriots' Gordon for substance abuse violation

Dec. 20, 2018 5:42 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again. League officials said...

The Latest: Gordon suspended for substance abuse violation

Dec. 20, 2018 2:58 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon stepping away from football (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The NFL says that Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has been returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional...

Louisiana: Outbreak of 25 hepatitis A cases; get immunized

Dec. 18, 2018 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, hoping to keep numbers low for the highly contagious liver disease. Twenty-five of the 28 cases reported this year are counted in the outbreak, said Dr. Joe Kanter, the assistant state health officer. "Compared to...

To understand life expectancy fall, start in West Virginia

Dec. 18, 2018 2:56 PM EST

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr....

Court: Testimony from OxyContin maker must be unsealed

Dec. 14, 2018 7:34 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world's largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public. A three-judge panel ruled Friday the deposition of Richard Sackler must be unsealed, along...