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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Opioid lawsuit
The district attorneys general of Tennessee’s First, Second and Third Judicial Districts have filed a circuit court lawsuit naming prescription opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma L.P. “Tennessee has the second-highest rate of opioid addiction in the nation", says Barry Staubus, district attorney general for Tennessee’s Second Judicial District. “This region has experienced devastating consequences as a result of the opioid epidemic. Too many of our citizens’ lives have been turned upside down as a result of opioid abuse, and far too many have actually lost their lives from an overdose." The lawsuit alleges that the firm used a fraudulent campaign to convince physicians that OxyContin created a minimal risk of addiction. "The defendants mislead doctors and the public about the need for, and addictive nature of, opioid drugs which led to an opioid epidemic, created an environment for thousands of individuals in Tennessee to become addicted to opioids, and fueled a dramatic increase in the number of individuals exposed to, and addicted to, OxyContin," the lawsuit charges. And the action alleges that the police departments, schools, district attorneys’ offices, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and taxpayers of the state of Tennessee will bear the financial burden of Purdue’s fraudulent campaign for decades to come. "Their aggressive marketing of this product has resulted in an opioid epidemic that is ravaging Tennessee, causing immense suffering to those born addicted to opioids, and costing millions of dollars to local governments forced to deal with the aftermath.”


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Clarification
  • Finance Committee considers sheriff's budget
  • Newport Utilities Board
  • Update on Gatlinburg wildfires

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Funding for animal shelter tentatively approved.
  • Tressler arrest
  • Senate bill bad for Tennessee hospitals
  • Weekend activities in Parrottsville and Cosby
  • First Saturday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Ramsey ruling overturned by Appeals panel
  • Terry Fine arrest
  • Rodriguez arrest
  • Tax changes come on Saturday
  • Gas prices take a dip

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Parrottsville to receive low-interest loan
  • Food and housing grant for Cocke County
  • May jobless numbers
  • Haslam to make job recruitment trip
  • TWRA on wildlife

    Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Healthcare bill
  • Monument vandalism
  • Brandt charged with aggravated assault
  • Nease charged with attempted jail escape
  • Newport couple charged with child abuse or neglect
  • Cocke County Corrections Partnership
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