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Opioid Abuse

Opioid Manufacturers Probed in Criminal Investigation

December 3, 2019

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on the opioid epidemic by pinpointing the parties that may have caused or contributed to the crisis, which has claimed over 400,000 lives since 1997. To begin their investigation, authorities have served the following companies with subpoenas: Teva Pharmaceuticals McKesson Corp Mallinckrodt AmerisourceBergen Johnson & Johnson Amneal Pharmaceuticals These 6 criminal…

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Drug-Dealing Doctor Sentenced for 40 Years for Opioid Prescriptions

October 10, 2019

Over the course of two years, Dr. Joel Smithers prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids. Last week, he was convicted for more than 800 counts of prescribing the drug illegally, causing the death of an innocent woman, and leading what prosecutors referred to as “an interstate drug distribution ring.” The overprescription of drugs like fentanyl, oxymorphone,…

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Purdue Pharma May Be Charged as Drug Dealer

September 20, 2019

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, is in talks with the Justice Department to resolve criminal and civil probes related its alleged fueling of the opioid epidemic.  As early as 2017, the government has been investigating the opioid manufacturer and has even subpoenaed former employees of the company.…

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