Drug Distributors Cleared of Blame for Opioids Crisis in W. Va. County

Often described as ground zero for the epidemic, the communities of Cabell County and Huntington, W. Va., had opted out of a settlement and lost their case at trial.

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Behind the Scenes, McKinsey Guided Companies at the Center of the Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm offered clients “in-depth experience in narcotics,” from poppy fields to pills more powerful than Purdue’s OxyContin.

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The Perils of Legalization

We answer a common reader question about the opioid crisis and legalizing drugs.

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‘You Murdered My Daughter’: Relatives of OxyContin Victims Confront the Sacklers

It was the first time, after years of lawsuits, that the family that owns Purdue Pharma was forced to hear directly from families who had lost loved ones to addiction.

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Chronic Pain Patients, the Other Opioid Crisis Victims

Opioid prescriptions are down, but overdose deaths remain high, and certain patients have lost relief.

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Why Do I Wake Up With a Headache?

And is there anything I can do to find relief?

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Sacklers Raise Their Offer to Settle Opioid Lawsuits by More Than $1 Billion

But they continue to insist on protection from civil liability claims over opioids, an unusual and controversial measure that derailed a previous deal.

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Overdose Deaths in the United States Are Rising at a Troubling Rate

Overdoses are increasing at a troubling rate.

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C.D.C. Proposes New Guidelines for Treating Pain, Including Opioid Use

The agency threw out previous recommended limits on doses but encouraged “nonopioid therapies” wherever possible.

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They Made the Most of the Opioid Crisis. Until They Didn’t.

In “The Hard Sell,” the journalist Evan Hughes tells the story of the rise and fall of Insys Therapeutics — and the larger pharmaceutical industry.

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Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution.

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The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering

Two recent rulings rejected the “public nuisance” argument being used in thousands of cases against the industry, with more trials and settlement talks underway.

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How Psychologists Can Help Treat Chronic Pain

As doctors and patients worry about the effects of painkillers, therapists are finding they can be a powerful salve for suffering.

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The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

Too often, seniors who use opioids become targets for exploitation and abuse.

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U.S. Seeks to Block Bankruptcy Plan That Would Free Sacklers From Opioid Claims

The Justice Department has been appealing the deal, approved earlier this month.

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The Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

A professor, a psychiatrist and a nurse react to a Times investigation. Also: A modern Civil War; a more confident child.

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Betraying the Victims of the Opioid Crisis

The Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case settlement protected the wealthy and ignored those who suffered.

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Keith McCants, Football Star Laid Low by Drugs, Dies at 53

At one time the N.F.L.’s highest-paid defensive player, he left the league after six seasons and fell into a spiral of addiction, homelessness and desolation.

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Purdue Pharma Is Dissolved and Sacklers Pay $4.5 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

The ruling in bankruptcy court caps a long legal battle over the fate of a company accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and the family that owns it.

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Richard Sackler Says Family and Purdue Bear No Responsibility for Opioid Crisis

In a rare courtroom appearance, the former Purdue Pharma president and board member was evasive and defiant.

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Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.

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Sacklers Threaten to Pull Out of Purdue Pharma Opioids Settlement

In a rare court appearance, David Sackler said he and his family would withdraw their pledge to pay $4.5 billion, unless they are granted broad legal immunity.

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15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

The states, including Massachusetts and New York, agreed to drop opposition to the bankruptcy organization plan of the company, the maker of OxyContin.

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‘On That Edge of Fear’: One Woman’s Struggle With Sickle Cell Pain

Cures for a disease that mostly afflicts Black people seem near, but may come too late for Lisa Craig, who lives with an agony like knives stabbing her bones.

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Paul J. Hanly Jr., Top Litigator in Opioid Cases, Dies at 70

Mr. Hanly had been central to the current nationwide litigation against pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and others in the opioid supply chain.

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In My Hometown, Opioids Are Still Stealing Lives

A decade ago, it was already a crisis. But it feels like its getting worse.

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Doctor Who Prescribed Pain Pills Is Charged With 5 Counts of Murder

The prosecution on Long Island is one of several across the nation that seek to hold doctors criminally accountable for opioid-related deaths.

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McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

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Dr. Susan Moore Dies of Covid-19 After Complaining of Racist Treatment at Indiana Hospital

“He made me feel like a drug addict,” Dr. Susan Moore said, accusing a white doctor of downplaying her complaints of pain and suggesting she should be discharged.

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McKinsey Issues a Rare Apology for Its Role in OxyContin Sales

The firm faced criticism after a report revealed that consultants had discussed destroying documents related to the opioid business and proposed that a drugmaker pay its distributors rebates for overdoses.

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New Guidelines Cover Opioid Use After Children’s Surgery

Parents should not be afraid of managing the child’s pain with opioids when they are needed, but should make sure a child does not have access to leftover doses.

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McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses

Court filings reveal consultants’ talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma.

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$26 Billion Settlement Offer in Opioid Lawsuits Gains Support

Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like.

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Purdue Pharma Plea Offers Little Solace to Survivors of Opioid Crisis

The company, which produced OxyContin, faces penalties of $8.3 billion. But families of those addicted are skeptical of the tangible benefits.

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The Sacklers Could Get Away With It

The family behind Purdue Pharma made a fortune on the opioid epidemic. Will they ever truly face justice?

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