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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, maker of the maker of painkiller OxyContin, in Stamford, Conn. The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it will discontinue two publications on opioid painkiller prescribing, in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines - viewed around the world as best practices in public health - comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue. The lawmakers’ report claimed the guidelines were crafted by organizations with financial ties to the company, who worked to downplay risks addiction and overstate the benefits of opioids. Purdue has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
June 19, 2019 - 8:03 pm
The World Health Organization has notified U.S. lawmakers that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson waits to be sworn in at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. The nation's opioid addiction crisis has prompted 48 states to file lawsuits and another to say it is planning to sue the drugmakers, distributors or pharmaceutical companies. Only one state has not done so. The attorney general in Nebraska has been active in combating opioid addiction but so far has remained on the sidelines while other states and thousands of local governments have taken legal action. Some attorneys for local governments in Nebraska question whether it's the right approach. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 12, 2019 - 12:38 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging families...
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