Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
To use some soccer terminology, this week’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark tobacco racketeering case was a draw. The high court’s refusal to review the case denied the government’s bid to get more money out of the industry, but also effectively upheld a lower court’s decision that the tobacco industry intentionally deceived the public about the health effects of smoking.
The Wall Street Journal reported June 28 that the decision ends a decade-long attempt to get the industry to disgorge $280 billion in ill-gotten profits and pay $10 billion for smoking-cessation programs. However, it also upheld the legal foundation for stricter industry regulation and provides ammunition for other lawsuits against the industry.
The stock markets declared the decision a win for tobacco companies, with stock prices rising after the news broke.