Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, said it will no longer market the drug to doctors. The announcement comes in response to lawsuits that blame the company for helping to trigger the opioid crisis, CBS News reports.
State and local law enforcement officials came to Capitol Hill last week to protest a Trump Administration proposal to move oversight of a drug prevention program from the Office of National Drug Control Policy to the Justice Department.
School officials report a growing number of teens are bringing a new e-cigarette device called a Juul vaporizer to school. The device looks like a USB flash drive, and charges when plugged into a laptop, USA Today reports.
Drug company and government officials announced new efforts designed to fight opioid addiction during a meeting this week of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced support this week for bringing back the anti-drug program D.A.R.E. The program has been criticized for not providing effective results, the New York Daily News reports.
The White House is proposing a cut of 94 percent to the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, according to an e-mail to agency employees by Acting Director Richard Baum. He asked employees not to share the information, but the e-mail was quickly leaked, NPR reports.