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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.
U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.
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.
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.
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has received a patent designed to treat opioid addiction.
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.
Legislation aimed at reducing opioid abuse and overdoses in North Carolina is being considered in the Senate.
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.
Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to reformulate their painkillers to make them harder to abuse.
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