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Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
There were 1,517 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in the first nine months of this year, which is an estimated 33 more deaths than in the first nine months of 2019.
The number of affected women and infants has increased in recent years but they often don't get effective treatment, and the pandemic may be worsening that problem.
Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs.
Franklin County has experienced nearly 30 deaths because of suspected opioid overdoses between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, according to Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county's coroner.
Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the U.S. federal government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.