The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has contributed to rising drug-related deaths and the ever-worsening opioid crisis in the United States, according to health officials said local data.
Individuals battling opioid addiction have experienced increased stress due to isolation during the pandemic, according to health experts and data collected by the Wall Street Journal reported. Roughly 13% of American adults surveyed in June said they had started or increased drug use, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Read More
Johnson & Johnson, the medical device company, agreed to a $20.4 million settlement with two Ohio counties in a federal lawsuit over opioid deaths. There are currently more than 100 lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies in the state seeking damages for their role in causing the opioid crisis. Read More
Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, reportedly offered between $10 billion and $12 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in the opioid crisis, during a meeting with at least 10 state attorneys general last week. Read More
An Oklahoma judge ruled Monday that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma for the company’s part in fueling the opioid crisis. Read More