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Settlement approved

TORONTO - An Ontario court judge has approved a class-action settlement awarding $18M in compensation to as many as 1,500 Canadians who got hooked on OxyContin after their doctors prescribed the drug.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to pay $20M, including $2M to the provincial and territorial governments, to settle the long-standing class-action suit.  (Globe & Mail) 

Attempt to settle  

Sham settlement 

Purdue Pharma   OxyContin

Conflict of interest lapse

Review of guidelines ordered  

Drug industry conflict  

2017 Canadian guidelines for Opioids  

New guidelines 

Legal action considered

Fentanyl used as OxyContin replacement 

Fentanyl

W-18

U-47700 

Carfentanil  

Patent sparked Canada's opioid crisis

Where the tax money is going

Canada's crisis part 1   Part 2

Fentanyl booming

Drug Analysis Service

Opioids prescriptions  

Not charged with murder?

Courts too lenient

June 2017 BC drug death numbers  

 Latest trends in ON opioid related deaths    .pdf  

2017 overdose deaths in BC at 488

Tainted drugs kill 16-year-old

Overdoses

Single day overdoses

Outrun by criminal chemists

113 dead from overdoses in AB   

FN bans outsiders 

Fentanyl in most drugs 

Provinces clamp down on OxyContin

Year of overdoses

Dying from fentanyl

DTES cheque day

Aim to control chemicals

Health Canada regulates chemicals  

Opioid meeting  

Too toxic to touch  

Fentanyl tested as chemical weapons for decades 

Ordering from China is easy  

Chinese companies willing to export carfentanil  

Customs refusing to screen some packages   

Shipment from China seized 

Back to the start

Fentanyl patch forgeries fooling ON's pharmacists 

How heroin capital solved its overdose crisis 

From opium to fentanyl

Pharmacy finds fentanyl in 90% of street drugs  

More babies born with opioid addiction

Treatment to get patients off opioids 

Carfentanil in Van

Dealer gets 14 years  

China listing opioids as controlled substances

Fake pill ring 

Euthanasia in Canada 

Trafficking charges decline

Spaces for drug users

BC overdoses

Fentanyl scourge up close

Hodgepodge  

RCMP reaches agreement with China

Agreement with China

How reliable is China as a partner  

Chronic pain sufferers struggle 

Police move to treat OD's as homicides

3 bodies found 

Coroner trying to catch up

BC's fentanyl crisis

BC death toll

Opioids abuse spending

Overdosing at remand centre

Corrections trying to stop overdoses

Latest plan   

BC spending guesses

Drug overdose deaths in BC   .pdf    

BC medical premiums skyrocket to pay

All opioids, not just fentanyl

Huge profit margins  

Prevention kits

Naloxone  

Stronger than fentanyl    

Carfentanil in AB 

Carfentanil found in Vancouver 

Doctors flagged

Police find liquid fentanyl

Killer high   

Spike in OD's  

Addiction over pain relief

Inmate access to clean needles draws debate

Invented over 30 years ago

Public health emergency

Surge in fatal OD's

W-18 questions 

W-18 seized in Edmonton

Synthetic opiates ahead of drug laws

Inside an epidemic

Rise in fatalities

BC drug overdoses

Mounties need more cash

Overdose deaths

Addicts on reserve

Vancouver OD's

488 for 2016   .pdf

Drug Threat Assessment 2015   .pdf

Fentanyl deaths bulletin  .pdf  

New super drug warning 

MB task force

Easier access to OD drug 

4 deaths in NL this year

Fentanyl kingpins

Suspected fentanyl overdose

Death of 31-year-old North Van man

2 SK deaths

Sudden death

75 deaths in BC

Growing danger 

Record number of OD's

Painkiller politics

Little known replacement  

Pharmacists to get fentanyl off the streets

Prescriptions for alternatives to OxyContin

Fentanyl used as OxyContin replacement

Fentanyl substitute for OxyContin which is a substitute for heroin

When the prescription becomes the problem

Perverse incentive  

Deaths climb

New rules give drug maker a monopoly

Opioids tied to deaths

Opioids

Drug abuse strategy 

Fentanyl lab bust 

AB spike in fentanyl deaths

Death linked to W-18 

Fentanyl response is simple   

Call for 'antidote'

Deadly problem

100+ deaths in AB in 2014 

New opioid standards to tackle abuse 

Rave drugs

'Killer heroin' in Montreal

Overdose rate 4 times average    

Dark side of remittance money

OxyContin drug replacement

OxyContin removed from market 

Marketing blamed  

Opiate overdose deaths rising

Getting to tomorrow   

CCSA

No withdrawal strategy

Cocktail of medications connected   

Fentanyl  

OxyContin

Where's the outrage?

Oxy ban a mixed blessing

Study published  

Drugstore robbed of Oxycontin

New restrictions is not enough  

Withdrawal warning 

National prescription abuse strategy 

Tide of opioid addiction

Oxy warning     

Ontario creates Oxy withdrawal plan  

Painkiller use rising  

Chronic pain sufferers face stigma

OxyContin addiction on the rise

Health plan funds killer drug  

Prescription drug abuse inquest  

Provinces clamp down on OxyContin

Addictive meds smuggled in

Selling of OxyContin

Painkiller abuse reaches 'epidemic' level

OxyContin maker sends phase-out notice

Painkiller abuse

Black market for meds difficult to stop

Withdrawal warning     

   

Healthcare fraud

WASHINGTON - The US JoD announced charges against 412 people for taking part in healthcare frauds and opioid-related crimes that cost taxpayers about $1.3B.  The arrests came as part of what the department said was the largest healthcare fraud takedown in US history. Those arrested included 120 doctors and other people charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioid painkillers.   (Reuters)

412 charged

DoJ press release 

Drug maker turned to Giuliani

Rudolph W. Giuliani 

1+in 10 experience chronic pain

Ohio overdoses

Coroners likely undercounting

2016 Ohio population 11.6M 

1 paragraph research 

Research 'letter'   .pdf

Suing

Cherokee Nation

 McKesson

Cardinal Health

 AmerisourceBergen

 CVS   Walgreens   Walmart

Drug company lawsuits 

President's Commission on the opioid crisis

Drug threat assessment

FDA bans generic OxyContin

Burden of opioid-related mortality

   
 

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