- 8 months ago
Taking the Opioid Crisis to Court
Guest: Jim Ruble, JD, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah
The opioid abuse crisis has taken a new legal turn. For years, we’ve seen prosecutors and the families of overdose victims going after doctors who prescribed the opiate painkillers. Now we’re seeing a number of cities and states trying to pin wrongdoing on the manufacturers and distributors of drugs, including OxyContin and Percocet. The most high-profile is a lawsuit filed recently by the state of Ohio, arguing five drug makers knowingly misled doctors and patients about the risk of opioids. There are also pending lawsuits against pharmacies, including Walgreens and Walmart, for failing to keep a proper eye on just how much of these prescription pain killers were flowing into a community.
Expensive Textbooks Present Major Hurdle to Lower Income College Education
Guest: John Hilton III, PhD, Primary Researcher in the Open Education Group, Associate Professor of Ancient