May 5, 2016 – LA Times reporters utilize thousands of pages of documents, many previously sealed, to document the business practices of Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin. The 12 hour action claim is central to $31 billion in revenue and addicting millions of people in pain who couldn’t wait that long to take the next dose. http://www.latimes.com/projects/oxycontin-part1/
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August 5th, 2016 – Patients are finding that while it has been easy to get their insurance to cover the opioids they became addicted to, it is a lot harder to get authorization for medication to treat that addiction. Read about Nate Turner’s experience.
July 17, 2016 – As need grows for naloxone, drug companies raise prices. Prices up 20 fold in last 10 years. Congress asks companies for explanation.
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March 10, 2016 — Responding to a drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill.