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After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion-dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments over the nation’s deadly opioid disaster. The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility. “Like families across America, we have ...

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Prosecutors say arrests hit northeast Mississippi drug ring

Federal prosecutors say arrests in recent days targeted a Mississippi drug trafficking ring under investigation since 2016. In a sworn statement, ATF Agent Frank B. Elliott says the group led by Jeremy Mairidith of Verona sold “a significant portion” of methamphetamine and marijuana distributed in northeast Mississippi. Mairidith pleaded not guilty on Monday to a four-count indictment on drug and ...

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Mississippi offering drug addicts free help to get clean

People addicted to narcotics in Mississippi can get free help to stop using the drugs through a statewide initiative. Angela Mallette, an outreach coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, said Stand Up Mississippi has received a $14 million grant to continue assisting addicts for another two years. The initiative offers free recovery stays and follow-up help to make ...

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Generic drugs leaving you feeling gouged?

By TED CARTER Talk often turned to price-fixing whenever leaders of generic drug companies gathered a half dozen or so years ago, say Mississippi’s attorney general and attorneys general of 46 other states. The result:  Mississippians and residents of the other states paid artificially inflated prices for generic drugs and continue to do so, say the states in a lawsuit ...

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JIM HOOD — Much action is needed to address opioid addiction problem in Mississippi

Interprofessional collaboration is crucial to effectively curbing our state’s addiction to opioids and adequately addressing the impact of this crisis on our families. We not only urgently need more treatment facilities, we also must address neglected and orphaned children, education of our entire community, sentencing alternatives, and generally changing the approach in pain management. Opioids don’t pick their victims, so ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Cannabis for the rest of us

Did you know the federal government has been growing marijuana in Mississippi for over 30 years? For government use? Not at some secret location on some Mississippi back road, but on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Tons and tons of the really good stuff, so good even the feds have got the munchies. For those who ...

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Lack of pharmacists in Clarksdale forces consolidation

CLARKSDALE — Two Clarksdale pharmacies will soon consolidate into one store. Henderson Drug Inc. pharmacist Val Soldevia tells The Press-Register that he sometimes has to call eight to 10 pharmacists to fill all shifts for a week. And he says the nearest lives in Oxford, 60 miles away. So he’s consolidating his downtown drugstore with his Economy Drug, which is ...

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Children won't lose welfare if parents fail drug test

JACKSON — Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state’s welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but it was delayed after advocates for low-income families said the agency originally proposed administrative ...

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