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The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

NY finds $1B in hidden transfers by family behind OxyContin

Sep. 13, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York's attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday. New York — asking a judge to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers to Purdue...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a...

Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

For months, the judge overseeing national litigation over the opioids crisis urged all sides to reach a settlement that could end thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments. But the chaotic developments this week in the case against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma underscore how difficult that goal...

Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids

Sep. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of responding to the epidemic. But for public officials in Akron, no amount of money will restore the families...

AP EXPLAINS: The tentative Purdue deal on the opioid crisis

Sep. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deal worth as much as $12 billion that's being negotiated between Purdue Pharma and its owners, and the state, local and tribal governments involved in national opioid litigation has the potential to shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug...

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

Sep. 11, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the...

What's ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Wednesday's tentative $12 billion settlement by some state, local and tribal governments with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and the company's owners could shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug distributors and retailers in lawsuits...

Virginia is latest state to sue Purdue Pharma family

Sep. 11, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has joined a growing number of states suing members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in the nation's opioid crisis. Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday that the state has amended a lawsuit it filed against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma...

Ex-NFL player, doctor are arrested in Georgia opioid case

Sep. 11, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids. Former New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Hodge, 40,...