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Florida to be paid $860 as settlement of opioid epidemic lawsuit

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CVS and pharmaceutical companies are to pay Florida a combined $860 million as part of the settlement for an opioid epidemic case, state officials announced Wednesday. Florida began filing “thousands of lawsuits against companies that make and distribute the drugs” in 2010, reports abc News.

The lawsuits were seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid epidemic which has been linked to over 500,000 deaths in the United States over the past two decades.

The death count includes those from prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and generic oxycodone as well as illicit drugs such as heroin and illegally produced fentanyl. A “handful” of cases have gone to trial, with may settling out of court, particularly over the last year.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced CVS Health Corp and CVS Pharmacy Inc. will pay the state $484 million, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. agreed to pay $195 million and Allergan PLC more than $134 million.

“The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc on Florida families,” Moody said in a news release. “The monies secured from CVS, Teva, Allergan and Endo will help further our efforts to remediate the harm and suffering of Floridians.”

The money from CVS, Moody added, will be divided between the state and Florida cities and counties, which were beset by opioid overdoses and illicit drug use during the “pill mill” epidemic of a decade ago. The money must be spent on tackling the opioid crisis.

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  1. Duane Mo tez

    March 30, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Foolish Foolishness

  2. Phil Dufault

    March 31, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Well I believe more of the ODs are a result from what comes through the wide open Southern Borders and air and sea from Cucia.

    • AntiCommies

      April 5, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      With Dems idiotic open border policy, why regulate any drugs?

  3. Roger Berry

    April 7, 2022 at 4:03 am

    You need a few more ZEROS in the headline !!!!!

  4. Sher

    April 7, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I just find it odd too, that CVS is another WEF contributor along with all the pharmaceutical companies on their list of supporters. Why should they be trusted to say they care. Klaus Swabb’s side kick is out and pretty blunt saying too many people, useless beings and mocking God. Even said humans are hackable and now tracking under the skin. Now how can that happen? We need billboards with names and places to find that information.

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NYC: DEA finds 15,000 ‘rainbow’ fentanyl pills inside LEGO box

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15,000 pills with the marking “30 M” imprinted on them to resemble 30 mg oxycodone hydrochloride pills, were actually “rainbow” fentanyl pills. The dangerous drug was found by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) inside LEGO boxes.

Agents stopped a vehicle being driven by 48-year-old Latesha Bush of Trenton, New Jersey, and seized the 15,000 colorful candy looking drugs on September 28; the first significant seizure of rainbow fentanyl in New York City.

“The pills look like candy,” said New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor Bridgette Brennan. “We believe it is critically important to educate the public about this new form fentanyl is taking.”

“This is deliberate. This is calculated. This is treacherous deception to market rainbow fentanyl-like candy. This is every parent’s worst nightmare, especially in the month of October as Halloween fast approaches,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino III said.

“These pills are hidden in pretty much anything imaginable. Traffickers are very innovative,” he added.

So far, the DEA has seized 36 million lethal doses around the nation after it launched a 15-week enforcement and education campaign titled “One Pill Can Kill.” At least 500,000 of the doses were found in New York State alone.

 

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