The Justice Department on Wednesday announced 53 medical professionals and seven other individuals have been charged in connection with allegedly illegally prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.
China has announced it will ban all fentanyl-related substances, The New York Times reports. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the ban would reduce the amount of fentanyl coming into the United States.
Lawsuits filed by the attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York have brought to light the extensive involvement of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, in the opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.
Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, The Wall Street Journal reports. The majority of the settlement will fund a national opioid addiction center.
A new study finds a decrease of more than 50 percent in monthly opioid prescribing for new patients. However some doctors continue to write many opioid prescriptions, while others are not writing any, HealthDay reports.
Most Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 support marijuana legalization, The New York Times reports. The issue has become a litmus test for their commitment to equal treatment for all races in criminal justice and policing.