Judge Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay Oklahoma $572 Million For Fueling State's Opioid CrisisAn Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson guilty in fueling the state's opioid crises and ordered the corporation to pay $572 million in a landmark ruling with vast implications. The ruling by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman in Norman in favor of the state against Johnson & Johnson is one of the biggest monetary awards in U.S. history.
DEA Targets LA-Area Doctors, Medical Professionals In Opioid CrackdownSix people -- including several doctors, physician assistants and suspected drug traffickers -- were arrested this week by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during Operation “Hypocritical Oath,” a play on the Hippocratic Oath that doctors swear by to “do no harm” to their patients.
CDC: Opioid Addiction Among Pregnant Women SkyrocketsA new report from the CDC has revealed a troubling surge in opioid use among pregnant women.
Study: Fatal Drug-Related Crashes Now Outpacing Drunk Driving CrashesAccording to a new report in 2016, alcohol was involved in 38 percent of driver deaths while 44 percent of drivers killed tested positive for drugs.
Police Taking Measures To Protect K-9s From Potential Opioid OverdosesPolice K-9s are vulnerable to powerful, illegal opioids like fentanyl that have flooded cities across the country, but in Southern California, officers are doing all they can to protect the animals whose life's purpose it is to work.
Prosecutor: Evidence Shows Prince Thought He Was Taking Vicodin, Not Fentanyl; No Criminal Charges To Be FiledPrince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said.
Heroin Home Delivery Service Sting Nets 30 Sellers, CustomersJose Zepeda, 45, of Los Angeles was identified as the head of the delivery service, which operated under the names "Art's" and "Flaco's."
Genetic Test Aims To Identify Those Predisposed To Opioid AddictionThe Irvine company has developed a cheek-swab DNA test that is coupled with a questionnaire to identify a patient's predisposition to opioid addiction.