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Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey

Sep. 17, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits. An initial hearing will be held in federal court in White Plains, New York, for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

The Latest: First hearing set on Purdue bankruptcy

Sep. 16, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

The Latest on Purdue Pharmas bankruptcy filing (all times local): 4 p.m. A judge will need to decide whether lawsuits against members of the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma can go ahead with the company seeking bankruptcy protection. But at a hearing Tuesday in White Plains, New York, Judge Robert Drain is...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Can Purdue Pharma's opioid settlement win judge's approval?

Sep. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a business and a charity. Whether the company can pull it off remains to be...

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

Sep. 16, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before and after the...

'Once you have it, you need it': Opioid epidemic still rages

Sep. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands in an epidemic that grinds on in state after state, community after community, with no end in sight. In July, the coroner serving the...

Prosecutors: Paramedic stole morphine meant for patients

Sep. 16, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

CARNESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia paramedic is accused of stealing morphine, replacing it with another liquid and then re-attaching the cap with super glue. Prosecutors say Michael Shane Hambrick knew the vial he left behind would be intended for critically injured patients who are in need of the pain...

Police: Georgia man filled fake prescription in Alabama

Sep. 16, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a Georgia man attempting to fill a forged prescription was arrested with more than 1,550 doses of codeine cough syrup. A statement from Hartselle police says 27-year-old James Bloodworth III from Decatur, Georgia was arrested Saturday and charged with...

Mississippi officials find spiked CBD sold in the state

Sep. 16, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Concerned about illegal drugs, Mississippi authorities took an interest in vape shops and gas stations selling products including the cannabis extract CBD. Laboratory testing by the state revealed that more than a dozen products contained dangerous synthetic marijuana. Three more...

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

Sep. 16, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because the vapor he inhaled wasn't CBD, a natural compound that marketers say can treat a range of ailments...