Massachusetts’ contentious tactic to fight its opioid crisis: jailing addicts

State is placing persons who are involuntarily committed to treatment the section 35 process in jail or prison even though have not been charged The scene plays out every day in Massachusetts, thousands of times a year. A loved one is addicted to opioids. Their life is spinning out of control as they use more and more. Their family panics. Rehab can be unaffordable and it may require waiting for a spot. But they need to get their loved one somewhere they cant use before its too late. Its about now that they might consider section 35, a process in Massachusetts by which persons abusing drugs or alcohol can be involuntarily committed to treatment for up to 90 days after …

‘This is blood money’: Tate shuns Sacklers and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deaths Earlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, Tate Modern has escaped a similar fate. On Thursday, the Tate group Sacklers, the family whose most prominent billionaire members own the company that makes OxyContin, a prescription painkiller opioids crisis. The company, Purdue Pharma, and investigated and sued, accused of knowingly misleading the public about the dangers of OxyContin and profiting from sales and marketing strategies that deceived doctors and rewarded them for over-prescribing the drug. Those cases are drawing increasing attention, as are protests by activists who want arts and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere to eschew Sackler money. …

Massive lawsuit says Sackler family broke laws to profit from opioids

Group of more than 500 cities, counties and tribes accuses family of helping to create worst drug crisis in US history A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the drug crisis in American history. The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died. Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic, the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in federal court in the southern district …