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North Carolina AG sues family that owns Purdue Pharma

North Carolina's attorney general is the latest to file a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic.

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.

Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims

A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails, saying "abusers aren't victims," according to a court filing announced Tuesday in Connecticut.

Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma

The maker of OxyContin and the company's controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller.

OxyContin maker gets patent for drug to treat opioid addiction

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has received a patent designed to treat opioid addiction.

SC woman convicted of putting Oxycontin in grandson’s sippy cup, killing him

A 46-year-old South Carolina woman who killed her 14-month-old grandson by putting Oxycontin in his sippy cup has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to WMTW.

Senate committee to weigh in on bill to fight opioid abuse

Legislation aimed at reducing opioid abuse and overdoses in North Carolina is being considered in the Senate.
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Stein highlighting opioid abuse in social media initiative

Attorney General Josh Stein says he hopes a new social media initiative addressing the opioid abuse crisis in North Carolina will raise awareness about the problem and give hope to those trying to recover from its addiction.

FDA outlines standards for anti-abuse generic painkillers

Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to reformulate their painkillers to make them harder to abuse.

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