It’s the first time pharmacy companies finished a trial pertaining to the opioid crisis.
The increase in overdoses attributable to fentanyl, an especially potent and addictive synthetic opioid, is largely responsible for the surge in fatalities.
U.S. drug overdose deaths reached a new high of 96,779 in the 12-month period that ended in March 2021.
2020 also saw the largest increase in the number of overdose deaths since 1999.
West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey seems to be falling into the worst habits of the political swamp.
Cracking down on opioid prescriptions to combat the epidemic of overdoses inflicts a lot of collateral damage on pain patients while doing little good.
Drug overdose deaths also contributed to the higher death toll in 2020.
The settlement will also require McKinsey to create a repository of documents related to its work for opioid makers.
The suit comes several weeks after Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty for its role in manufacturing and distributing Oxycontin.