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Fake pill bottles with messages about Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

Purdue Pharma Director Grilled on Proposed Opioid Settlement

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Purdue Pharma's quest to settle thousands of lawsuits over the toll of prescription opioid painkillers entered its final phase Thursday.
The photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills.

Experts: Spend Opioid Settlement Funds on Fighting Opioids

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As a $26 billion settlement over the toll of opioids looms, some public health experts are citing the 1998 agreement with tobacco companies as a cautionary tale.
The photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills.

Four Companies on Verge of Settling U.S. Opioid Lawsuits

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The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion settlement covering thousands of government lawsuits.
A woman adjusts flowers and other items left at the grave of her daughter in a cemetery.

U.S. Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in 2020

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Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Department

Sellersburg (IN) Fire Installs ‘Naloxbox’ to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

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The Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Department installed what is believed to be the first Naloxbox in Clark County, a publicly accessible box that contains naloxone kits.
This photo provided by Hikma Pharmaceuticals shows Kloxxado.

U.S. Approves High-Dose Opioid Reversal Nasal Spray

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The Food and Drug Administration approved Hikma Pharmaceuticals’ Kloxxado, a spray containing eight milligrams of naloxone.
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, a police officer holds a box of Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, that the department officers carry in their patrol vehicles in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa.

Prescriptions for High-Risk Patients Now Must Include Overdose Antidote in NJ

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Doctors who prescribe opioid-based drugs to also include a prescription for an antidote.
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Eagle County (CO) Paramedics Help Treat Opioid Overdoses in Homes

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A new program launched by Eagle County Paramedic Services in partnership with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health and Vail Health hopes to prevent opioid overdoses and death with the use of naloxone in the home.
A photo of oxycodone.

Toxidromes: Common Poisoning Syndromes to Know

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Recognizing common toxidromes will assist your assessment and treatment of the exposed patients, even when the specific toxin is unknown.

‘To Opioid or Not to Opioid’

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The authors suggest a need for further consideration of alternatives to injectable opiates for the control of pain in the prehospital field.