Archived Report: September 16 - September 22, 2019
Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: September 16 - September 22, 2019
Weekly Insights
Calvin Johnson chose marijuana over opioids to treat his concussions
The former NFL star recently shared that he smoked marijuana after every game of his NFL career, rather than using the available selection of prescription opioids to treat his injuries. Johnson’s preference to use marijuana came in defiance of the NFL’s drug rules. Now retired, Johnson is speaking out about his experiences in order to highlight the importance of finding alternative pain management solutions for players who are routinely injured. Marijuana policies also became a platform for democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who said that if elected president, he would decriminalize marijuana and pardon anyone in jail for low level marijuana convictions. Despite public concern, Yang also promises to decriminalize illegal opioids for personal use, including heroin, if elected.
In a defensive move, Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy
Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy to short-circuit the 2,600 lawsuits against the company and its owners, the Sackler family. The potential settlement could be more than $10 billion. The Sackler family has guaranteed contributing $3 billion to the current settlement proposal. The funds would be distributed to the states and smaller municipalities that have court actions against Purdue Pharma; however, half of the plaintiffs have refused to sign on to the settlement and will have a chance to voice their opposition in bankruptcy court.

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