Archived Report: September 23 - September 29, 2019
Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: September 23 - September 29, 2019
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Drug ring taken down
After several years investigating the H-2 cartel, a Mexican drug trafficking organization, a US federal grand jury has charged 18 people in conspiracies to distribute heroin, launder money from the US to Mexico, and run a fake immigration identification business. One of these individuals include Edgar Veytia, former State Attorney General for the State of Nayarit, Mexico, who allegedly used his position to assist and abet drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.
Bonuses for Purdue top performers amid bankruptcy filing
Despite filing for bankruptcy last week, Purdue Pharma asked a judge to authorize $34 million in bonuses for certain employees who met performance goals. Critics argue that this money is owed to the victims of the opioid epidemic, while company attorneys say these incentives are necessary to keep employees as Purdue seeks to stabilize its future. While states await settlements from lawsuits filed against Purdue, the NIH has funded $945 million in grants to 41 states to accelerate reversing the opioid crisis in communities across the country.


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