WV agencies to use prescription drug settlement funds for grant program

WV agencies to use prescription drug settlement funds for grant program

Two state agencies in West Virginia are setting up a grant program to distribute money from recent lawsuit settlements with some of the nation’s largest prescription drug distributors.

DEA agent: ‘We had no leadership’ in WV amid flood of pain pills

DEA agent: ‘We had no leadership’ in WV amid flood of pain pills

During the years drug firms poured millions of highly addictive pain pills into West Virginia amid a rise of overdose deaths, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had a shortage of leadership in the state, according to a DEA official.

Flooded with pain pills, a WV town strikes back against drug distributors

Flooded with pain pills, a WV town strikes back against drug distributors

KERMIT — This town of 392 people in Southern West Virginia is suing out-of-state drug distributors that shipped nearly 9 million highly addictive pain pills to a single pharmacy there in just two years.

Once hooked on OxyContin, counselor gets pardon as she helps others

Once hooked on OxyContin, counselor gets pardon as she helps others

The letter arrived unexpectedly, dated Jan. 14, 2017, the last day of the governor’s term in office, and the first day Chelsea Carter could say she was no longer a convicted felon.

2 drug distributors to pay $36M to settle WV painkiller lawsuits

2 drug distributors to pay $36M to settle WV painkiller lawsuits

Two of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers have agreed to pay a combined $36 million to settle lawsuits that allege the companies benefited from West Virginia’s problem with prescription drug abuse.

Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen agree to settle WV pain pill lawsuit

Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen agree to settle WV pain pill lawsuit

After a four-year fight, two of the nation’s largest prescription drug distributors have agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges the companies helped fuel West Virginia’s opioid problem.

Drug-addled WV county sues pain-pill shippers, doctor

Drug-addled WV county sues pain-pill shippers, doctor

The elected leaders of West Virginia's poorest and most drug-ravaged county are suing the nation's three largest prescription drug distributors.

'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series. For the first part, click here.

Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series. For the second part, click here.

WV pharmacy board to target ‘suspicious’ drug orders

WV pharmacy board to target ‘suspicious’ drug orders

A state board plans to ask prescription drug wholesalers to report on West Virginia pharmacies that order a “suspicious” number of pain pills or other controlled substances.

WV judge to order ‘pill mill’ court documents unsealed

WV judge to order ‘pill mill’ court documents unsealed

Madison — A judge plans to issue an order unsealing court documents that include allegations about drug wholesaler Cardinal Health's pain pill shipments to specific pharmacies ...

Gazette-Mail wants pain-pill court records unsealed

Gazette-Mail wants pain-pill court records unsealed

The Charleston Gazette-Mail has asked a judge to unseal court documents that include details about a drug wholesaler’s prescription painkiller shipments to alleged “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia.

Drug firms fueled 'pill mills' in rural WV

Drug firms fueled 'pill mills' in rural WV

Over five years, the nation's largest drug wholesalers flooded notorious “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia's smallest towns and poorest counties with hundreds of thousands of painkillers, according to court records the companies had...

Drug firms seek to keep 18 words under seal in pain-pill suit

Drug firms seek to keep 18 words under seal in pain-pill suit

The nation’s largest drug wholesalers are asking a Boone County judge to hold a closed-door hearing where they promise to explain why they want to keep secret 18 words in a lawsuit filed against them.

Judge orders pain-pill court records unsealed

Judge orders pain-pill court records unsealed

A Boone County judge has issued an order to unseal court records that out-of-state drug companies have sought to keep secret for more than a year.

Drug firms seek to keep seal on pain pill suit

Drug firms seek to keep seal on pain pill suit

Some of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers are asking a judge to reject the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s request to unseal court records that include details about the companies’ prescription pain-pill shipments to West Virginia....

Gazette-Mail seeks to unseal pain-pill shipment records

Gazette-Mail seeks to unseal pain-pill shipment records

The Charleston Gazette-Mail has asked a judge to unseal court documents that include details about prescription pain pills that out-of-state drug wholesalers have shipped to West Virginia.