Tag: the opioid crisis

U.S. Sues Walmart Saying Pharmacies Fueled Opioid Crisis, Retailer Rejects Allegations

The U.S. Justice Department sued Walmart Inc on Tuesday, accusing the world's biggest retailer of fueling the opioid crisis in the United States, ignoring warning signs from its pharmacists and filling thousands of invalid prescriptions.

OxyContin Maker Purdue Reaches Plea Deal in Opioid Case

Purdue Pharma LP agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin, in a deal with U.S. prosecutors that effectively sidestepped paying billions of dollars in penalties and stopped short of criminally charging its executives or wealthy Sackler family owners.

States Oppose Settlement Being Negotiated by OxyContin Maker and DOJ

A group of 25 state attorneys general oppose a settlement of U.S. opioid probes being negotiated with Purdue Pharma LP and members of the wealthy Sackler family who own it, arguing the deal would improperly entangle state and local officials with future sales of the company's addictive pain drug OxyContin.

NY Charges Johnson & Johnson With Insurance Fraud Over Opioid Claims

New York State filed civil charges on Thursday accusing Johnson & Johnson of insurance fraud for downplaying the risks of opioid painkillers, including to doctors and elderly patients.

U.S. Appeals Court Revives NY Tax on Opioid Makers

A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for New York State to collect about $200 million from drug manufacturers and distributors by imposing a surcharge on them to defray the costs of combating the opioid addiction epidemic.

How DASH Helps Stabilize Addiction Crises on Long Island

DASH, the New York Metro area’s first crisis stabilization center, is there to ensure that anyone in need of addiction treatment has immediate access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

HUGS’ Virtual Drug Prevention Presentations A Lifeline During Pandemic

Once everything shut down, HUGS (Human Understanding and Growth Services) kept its lifesaving programs going, virtually, and added weekly family fun nights on Zoom. 

Fatal ODs Spike 40% in Nassau Amid Pandemic

Fatal overdoses are up 40 percent in Nassau County since the pandemic began, according to police reports of suspected overdoses. Non-fatal overdoses increased by 7 percent this year, Nassau police said.

Pandemic Isolation Sparks Suicide Concerns in Recovery Community

Meryl Cassidy, executive director of Response Crisis Center, told the Press the 24/7 center has seen more than a 25 percent increase in calls and live “chats” from people expressing suicidal thoughts since the COVID pandemic began. 

Coronavirus Causing Spike in ODs on Long Island

Overdoses are spiking on Long Island due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has reversed progress that the region made in fighting the opioid crisis amid joblessness, stress, and isolation were brought on by COVID-19, data shows.