Opioid Crisis Update: Purdue Pharma Owners Shielded $1B From Lawsuits, NY AG Says

The family is worth $13 billion, Forbes has estimated, but many of the attorneys general involved in the case say they believe members are worth a lot more. Twenty-six states have filed suit against family members individually for their roles in the crisis.

Court documents filed Friday by James’ office represented findings from a single financial institution, the New York Times reported. A series of transfers highlighted in the documents named Mortimer D.A. Sackler, a Purdue board member who transferred $64 million in 2009 from a previously unidentified trust through a Swiss bank account.

Investigators say they believe much more money is involved.

“Already, these records have allowed the state to identify previously unknown shell companies that one of the Sackler defendants used to shift Purdue money through accounts around the world and then conceal it in at least two separate multimillion-dollar real estate investments back here in New York, sanitized [until now] of any readily detectable connections to the Sackler family,” David E. Nachman of the attorney general’s office wrote in the court filing.

The lawsuits accuse family members of aggressively marketing OxyContin as safe despite its addictive nature.

Opioid Crisis Update: Purdue Pharma Owners Shielded $1B From Lawsuits, NY AG Says

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Sacklers Accused Of Shielding One Billion Dollars As Hedge Against Litigation

The filing comes after nearly two dozen states and 2,300 local governments reached a tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging that the company helped fuel the opioid crisis. New York and others states rejected the settlement.

…The court filing highlights the activities of Mortimer D.A. Sackler, a former Purdue board member. It alleges that Sackler transferred millions of dollars from trust companies, at least one of which was previously unknown, through Swiss bank accounts to himself as early as 2009. Some of the funds were directed to real estate companies that owned Sackler family homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons, the filings said.

…The New York attorney general’s office believes there is much more to be learned about the family’s holdings and that information is central to arriving at a just settlement. Prosecutors want the court to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers tied to Purdue and the Sacklers.

Forbes estimates the Sackler family fortune at $13 billion, making the Sacklers the 19th wealthiest family in the nation.

Sacklers Accused Of Shielding One Billion Dollars As Hedge Against Litigation : NPR

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Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases – BBC News

Purdue Pharma, the opioid drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is reported to be offering between $10bn and $12bn to settle thousands of lawsuits against it.

The firm is facing over 2,000 lawsuits linked to its painkiller OxyContin.

…Purdue is one of 22 opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies named in over 2,000 cases which are due to go to trial in October.

The cases, which have been brought by states, cities and counties, allege the company used deceptive practices to sell opioids and is responsible for fuelling an opioid addiction crisis in the US.

Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases – BBC News

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DEA’s latest promise to facilitate medical cannabis research should be viewed with skepticism

The agency has dragged its feet on this issue for decades. Under federal regulations dating back to the late 1960s, only a single licensed entity — the University of Mississippi — is permitted to cultivate and provide cannabis for clinical research purposes. 

…This monopoly has stifled clinical investigations into the marijuana plant. Notably, the cannabis grown by the University is often of inferior quality and fails to accurately reflect the types of varieties commercially available in the United States. 

Further, the University only provides scientists with the option to access herbal cigarette formulations of the plant, not concentrates, edibles, or extracts —varieties that are commonly available in legal states. 

…(CBD) — a chemical of particular interest to many scientists — are also not currently available from the University.

…So, should we take the DEA’s pledge seriously this time? Arguably, the answer is no. Notably, the agency’s latest pronouncement provides no time-table for action, and in fact, lays the groundwork for even further delays. 

DEA’s latest promise to facilitate medical cannabis research should be viewed with skepticism | TheHill

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Ohio Rep. Candice Keller says she won’t resign over mass shooting comments

Keller is [ignoring] calls to step down for comments blaming mass shootings in Dayton, Texas, and elsewhere on everything from gay marriage and transgender people to open borders and legalized marijuana.

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller says she won’t resign over mass shooting comments – cleveland.com

Can we all just agree that a lot people who use the word, “conservative,” are using it to me “bigoted hater” ? Seems like we could save ourselves a lot of time and trouble.

Top Navy SEAL warns commanders of ‘order and discipline problem’

“I don’t know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately,” Green wrote, according to CNN.

Green reportedly added in the letter that “some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline,” an issue which has thrown the culture of Navy special forces into the spotlight “for good reason.”

Top Navy SEAL warns commanders of ‘order and discipline problem’ | TheHill

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A Lawmaker Wants To End ‘Social Media Addiction’ By Killing Features That Enable Mindless Scrolling

The bill by freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. – the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act – would make it illegal for social media companies such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to use infinite scroll, autoplay video or techniques like Snapchat’s “streaks,” which reward a user with badges for repeated use.

…It proposes regulatory measures that would force users to actively choose to engage for prolonged periods rather than being mindlessly sucked into the void.

The bill would require platforms to implement “natural stopping points,” or places where a video or post stops and the users are prompted to click or select another piece of content, rather than it appearing or playing automatically.

…Too much of the ‘innovation’ in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away. This legislation will put an end to that and encourage true innovation by tech companies.”

…”Studies have shown that tech companies utilize computer design techniques embraced by casinos, like the idea of “stickiness” – which give “just enough positive feedback to want to return to the game but deny users enough pleasure so that they don’t get satiated.”

Baltimore Jewish Life | A Lawmaker Wants To End ‘Social Media Addiction’ By Killing Features That Enable Mindless Scrolling

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Mike Pence abruptly cancels New Hampshire trip, reason unclear

Randy Gentry, a representative from Pence’s office, announced the event was canceled.

“There’s been an emergency callback,” Gentry told those waiting. “The vice president was asked to return to Washington so at this time we’re going to cancel today’s event.”

Farah, however, said Pence never left Washington.

“There was no “emergency callback,” she tweeted.

A Defense official confirmed that the aircraft never took off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The flight was cancelled by the requestor, the official said. 

…A White House official confirmed there was no medical issue related to the president or the vice president.

Mike Pence abruptly cancels New Hampshire trip, reason unclear

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Illinois is going to expunge marijuana convictions from 800,000 criminal records

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker just signed HB 1438 this week, which makes cannabis legal in the state for individuals 21 and over, along with sweeping criminal criminal justice reforms designed to help those whose lives have been upended by the state’s drug laws.

In addition to legalizing marijuana, the 610-page bill offers relief to the roughly 770,000 residents of the state with marijuana-related offenses on their criminal records.

…The state’s new Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which takes effect in 2020, allows people to automatically receive clemency for convictions up to 30 grams of cannabis. Those convicted with larger amounts, from 30-500 grams can petition a court to have the charge lifted.

The bill defines expunge to mean to “physically destroy the records or return them to the petitioner and to obliterate the petitioner’s name from any official index or public record, or both.” But it doesn’t require the physical destruction of circuit court files.

Illinois is going to expunge marijuana convictions from 800,000 criminal records – CNN

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Shrimp Are Testing Positive for Cocaine and Scientists Don’t Know Why

Cocaine was the most commonly found drug and identified in every sample, as well as the anesthetic lidocaine. This is often used by dealers to bulk up the cocaine, according to the study authors. The scientists believe cocaine could have entered the water because of leakages or overflows from sewers.

Pesticides banned in the U.K. were also discovered, including fenuron. Ketamine, the animal tranquilizer which is used as a party drug, was also identified, as well as the opioid medication Tramadol and an antidepressant.

Shrimp Are Testing Positive for Cocaine and Scientists Don’t Know Why

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Involuntary Commitment For Addiction Treatment Raises Troubling Questions

Involuntary Commitment For Addiction Treatment Raises Troubling Questions : Shots – Health News : NPR

1.) The criminal justice system does not care about your loved one.

2.) If you put your loved one into the criminal justice system you are sentencing them to being treated like a criminal. Or worse.

3.) Parent your own fucking kids people.

Regular Cannabis Users Need 220 Percent More Sedatives for Medical Procedures Than Nonusers

The authors noted that their study was limited because of the small sample size and because they used retrospective medical records. Also, it relied on patients being honest about their cannabis use. Because a stigma is associated with the drug, individuals may have underreported.  

Regular Cannabis Users Need 220 Percent More Sedatives for Medical Procedures Than Nonusers

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