Walmart agrees to $3.1 billion opioid settlement framework

Walmart agreed on Tuesday to a framework that would have the company pay $3.1 billion to settle a nationwide lawsuit brought by states, tribes and municipalities over its role in the opioid crisis. Walmart’s agreement follows similar announcements earlier this month from CVS and Walgreens, which agreed to pay about $5 billion each to settle … Read more

FDA takes steps to authorize some overdose-reversing medicines for over-the-counter sale

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a notice that could help increase access to overdose-reversing naloxone drug products without the need for a prescription, paving the way to make more of them available for over-the-counter use.  Naloxone is a medication that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system and rapidly reverses opioid overdoses … Read more

Fatal Heart Infections Linked to Opioid Abuse Have Tripled Among Young Americans

By Dennis Thompson  HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. opioid epidemic has been heartbreaking — literally. Young adults’ risk of dying from a devastating infection of the heart has doubled to tripled in the United States during the past two decades, a new study reports. Researchers ascribe the increase in … Read more

New York reaches $523 million opioid settlement with drug manufacturer Teva

New York state has reached a $523 million settlement with drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals, closing out the state’s massive legal battle against opioid manufacturers and distributors, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced on Thursday. “We are holding Teva Pharmaceuticals accountable for its role in the opioid crisis and the irreparable harm it has done to … Read more

Health Care — Walgreens, CVS to pay billions to settle opioid suits

On Tuesday, D.C. was snubbed for Taylor Swift’s U.S. stadium tour. On Wednesday, the embattled owner of the Washington Commanders NFL team indicated he was exploring potentially selling the team. Do you believe in coincidences?  Today in health, major pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens have agreed to pay billions to settle opioid lawsuits  Welcome to … Read more

Opium production increases 32% in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan jumped 32% during 2022 despite the ruling Taliban regime’s ban on narcotics, according to an annual report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “The 2022 opium crop in Afghanistan is the most profitable in years, with cultivation up by one-third and prices soaring even as the country is … Read more

Candidates weigh in on San Francisco drug crisis ahead of election

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s open-air drug crisis and how to deal with it is front of mind for many residents, with less than a month to go before the election.  Supervisor Matt Dorsey says San Francisco’s fentanyl problem is the worst public health crisis since the AIDS epidemic. Fentanyl is responsible for three-quarters of … Read more

Retired SFPD officer pleads no contest to San Mateo drug store robbery

SAN MATEO – A retired sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department on Monday has pleaded no contest to robbing a San Mateo drug store last year for prescription pain killers. According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, 56-year-old Davin Lyle Cole of San Mateo pleaded no contest to two counts of felony … Read more

Health Care — Moderna seeks green light for kids’ omicron booster

D.C. soccer fanatics can now legally drink nearly all day during the FIFA World Cup after the D.C. Council passed a new bill this week.  Today in health, Moderna has asked the FDA to authorize its omicron-specific booster shot for children as young as 6. The shot is currently authorized for adults only.  Welcome to Overnight Health … Read more