For months, Purdue Pharma has been negotiating a $10-12 billion settlement that would resolve some 2,000 lawsuits against the company, NBC News reported yesterday—a day after a landmark ruling against Johnson & Johnson for its role in Oklahoma’s opioid crisis.  

A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million yesterday in a landmark ruling on the corporation’s role in the state’s opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.   Judge Thad Balkman lambasted the company for “false, misleading, and dangerous marketing…

This afternoon an Oklahoma judge will deliver a landmark ruling that will determine Johnson & Johnson's responsibility for the opioid epidemic in the state—to the tune of $17.2 billion in possible damages, CNN reports.  

As many as 250,000 newborns exposed to opioids in utero are caught in a legal tussle between lawyers seeking a separate trial for them and a judge who has rebuffed their requests. As a nationwide prescription opioid lawsuit heads to trial in a couple months in Ohio,…

In a new report and accompanying book, Brown University political scientist Peter Andreas lays out the inextricable relationship between war and psychoactive substances.  Some examples:

There’s a problem with US President Trump’s new plan giving states, wholesalers, and pharmacies a green light to import cheaper drugs from Canada: Canadians are not on board.   They say it will exacerbate their own drug shortage. Health officials and industry reps will meet…

Across the MENA region, tramadol abuse is on the rise.  The synthetic opioid is 1/10th the strength of morphine and lightly regulated. But it’s not benign. Tramadol causes a heroin-like euphoria with high addiction potential and dangerous side-effects including aggression…

76 billion.   The number is far beyond human imagination—but not for America’s drug companies, which sold 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012.   A US district judge in Cleveland on Monday ordered a portion of a massive government database opened…

By Inon Schenker & Emma Brofsky “Poop” is not something we like to talk about publicly much less smell or see.

After 26 heroin overdoses in a single day, Huntington, West Virginia authorities were desperate for solutions.  They eventually turned to big data. New patient-tracking software streamlined police, medics and mental health providers and identified hot spots in need of…