Updated 1:28 pm CDT, Monday, July 8, 2019 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, left, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, right, listen as Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial, foreground, speaks during a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, WVa., Monday, July 8, 2019. less West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, left, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, right, listen as Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial, foreground, speaks during a ... more Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, left, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary … [Read more...] about First lady Melania Trump in West Virginia for opioid talk
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has settled its lawsuit against the opioid distributor McKesson for $37 million. A Thursday news release from Gov. Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says it's thought to be the country's largest state settlement against a single pharmaceutical distributor. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 in a West Virginia circuit court. It alleged McKesson shipped millions of suspicious orders for painkillers to the state without efforts to prevent illegal diversion. The announcement says McKesson denies wrongdoing. Voicemail messages left with McKesson were not immediately returned. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says opioids were involved in nearly 48,000 deaths in 2017. West Virginia has the nation's highest opioid overdose rate. About 2,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide targeting the drug industry amid the opioid crisis. … [Read more...] about West Virginia settles opioid lawsuit with McKesson for $37M
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hospitals in the state with the nation's highest opioid overdose rate have banded together to sue some of the country's largest opioid companies. The lawsuit was filed by nearly 30 West Virginia hospitals and 10 affiliates in Kentucky. It claims the companies flooded Appalachia with powerful painkillers and forced medical centers to deal with the financial repercussions. The group's lawyer says this is the first time a large group of hospitals in a state have joined to take legal action against opioid firms. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and members of its controlling family, the Sacklers, are named as defendants, along with distributors. The companies did not respond to voicemails seeking comment. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages to cover the costs of treating people with opioid addictions. … [Read more...] about West Virginia hospitals sue opioid companies; want damages
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%.