CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's top prosecutor filed suits Friday against the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs. The separate suits filed in Boone County, West Virginia, by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey accuse the drugmakers of violating the state's Consumer Credit and Protection Act and seek monetary penalties. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Teva sister company Cephalon are also named as defendants. Morrisey says the companies engaged in strategic campaigns to deceive prescribers. Teva told doctors that patients could take increasingly strong opioids without disclosing the rising risk of addiction, according to the lawsuit. The company disguised its marketing efforts through third-party advocates and professional associations, Morrisey said. Johnson & Johnson, through Janssen, is also accused of downplaying the dangers of painkillers, … [Read more...] about West Virginia AG sues opioid makers, says they hid risks
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Pamela Taylor, 57, admitted to falsely registering for more than $US18,000 in FEMA disaster relief benefits following West Virginia flooding in 2016, the Department of Justice said. The Department of Justice said Taylor claimed to have lost her house in the flood, but an investigation revealed she was still living in the home she claimed was damaged. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of as much as $US500,000 when she is sentenced in May. In 2016, Taylor lost her job with the Clay County Development Corporation after calling then-first lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” in a Facebook post. A former West Virginia official who lost her job after calling Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of more than $US18,000. Pamela Taylor, 57, last week admitted to falsely registering for more than $US18,000 in FEMA disaster relief benefits after historic flooding devastated … [Read more...] about A former West Virginia official who was ousted after calling Michelle Obama an ‘ape in heels’ admitted to defrauding FEMA out of $18,000
John Raby, Associated Press Updated 4:02 pm PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 Parents, teachers and others pack an upper gallery to listen to a public hearing on complex education legislation Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the House of Delegates chambers in Charleston, W.Va. Dozens of speakers crammed the first of two public hearings Monday to speak against a complex education bill in West Virginia that teachers' unions claim is retaliation for a nine-day strike last year. less Parents, teachers and others pack an upper gallery to listen to a public hearing on complex education legislation Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the House of Delegates chambers in Charleston, W.Va. Dozens of ... more Photo: John Raby, AP Photo: John Raby, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Parents, teachers … [Read more...] about Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia
In a November TEDWomen talk, Huntington, West Virginia fire chief Jan Rader detailed her city’s approach to fighting the opioid epidemic. West Virginia has the country’s highest opioid overdose death rate. Huntington opened a clinic specializing in addiction treatment and created a Quick Response Team, whose members visit people who have recently overdosed, offering support. In her talk, Rader added that overdoses are down 40% in Cabell County, where Huntington is located. Addiction to opioids has caused a surge in fatal drug overdoses all across the country. But in West Virginia, the epidemic has proven particularly deadly. The state had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the US in 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to data published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. In one West Virginia city, however, a woman named Jan Rader has been fighting against that trend. Rader, a registered nurse and the first female fire chief of Huntington, West … [Read more...] about A fire chief in West Virginia helped change her city’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Now overdoses in her county are down 40%.
John Raby, Associated Press Updated 6:57 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp, middle, poses for photos with supporters during a stop in Augusta, Ga., as part of what he calls his "thank-you tour" Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. Kemp says he plans to focus his first year in office on helping small businesses, cutting taxes and cracking down on violent gangs. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP) less Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp, middle, poses for photos with supporters during a stop in Augusta, Ga., as part of what he calls his "thank-you tour" Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. Kemp says he plans to focus his ... more Photo: MICHAEL HOLAHAN, AP Photo: MICHAEL HOLAHAN, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Georgia Governor-elect Brian … [Read more...] about West Virginia gov proposes cutting Social Security tax