Purdue Pleads

(fines) are unlikely to be paid in the near term as the criminal fine and civil penalty are expected to be considered alongside other claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings and the company lacks necessary funds to fully repay all creditors...

At long last, Purdue Pharma is set to plead guilty for its prominent role in the opioid epidemic:
Purdue Pharma nears guilty plea agreement over alleged role in opioids crisis
It'll happen quite soon, we’re told, via a complicated deal between Federal prosecutors and the Pharma firm’s legal team. Should be tied up within the next couple weeks, right?

Although we're also warned that "talks are fluid and that some of the terms could change as discussions continue."

Uh oh.

There's a lot at stake. Cumulative penalties may exceed $8 billion. That includes three and a half billion in criminal fines, another two billion in forfeiture, and almost 3 billion more in civil penalties. Impressive.

But wait: "They are unlikely to be paid in the near term as the criminal fine and civil penalty are expected to be considered alongside other claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings and the company lacks necessary funds to fully repay all creditors."

You mean Purdue doesn't...

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Purdue Pleads

(fines) are unlikely to be paid in the near term as the criminal fine and civil penalty are expected to be considered alongside other claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings and the company lacks necessary funds to fully repay all creditors...

Purdue Pleads

(fines) are unlikely to be paid in the near term as the criminal fine and civil penalty are expected to be considered alongside other claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings and the company lacks necessary funds to fully repay all creditors...

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Anyway, it’s clear from this and a host of other examples that for some offenders at least, simple incarceration is never enough.

Labeling Benzos

For a long time, many medical professionals were resistant to the idea that benzos could be hazardous unless the patient took too many at once, or mixed them with alcohol.

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Labeling Benzos

For a long time, many medical professionals were resistant to the idea that benzos could be hazardous unless the patient took too many at once, or mixed them with alcohol.

Labeling Benzos

For a long time, many medical professionals were resistant to the idea that benzos could be hazardous unless the patient took too many at once, or mixed them with alcohol.

He’s Outta There…

They enter the hospital late in the day, usually through the  ER, spend a day or two (or less) in acute distress, then sign out AMA as soon as they can walk again.

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He’s Outta There…

They enter the hospital late in the day, usually through the  ER, spend a day or two (or less) in acute distress, then sign out AMA as soon as they can walk again.

He’s Outta There…

They enter the hospital late in the day, usually through the  ER, spend a day or two (or less) in acute distress, then sign out AMA as soon as they can walk again.

Teletreatment Update

I get frequent questions from providers unsure how well their telehealth clients are actually doing, in terms of common measures like, say, substance use. Are they drinking, still using drugs?

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