Wednesday April 1, 2020

US ruling highlights need for Irish debate on opioids

An Oklahoma court's decision to impose a fine of €515 million on Johnson & Johnson over opioids should mark the beginning of a much-needed change when it comes to the control and sale of these products

29th August, 2019
Johnson & Johnson to appeal Oklahoma judgment. Pic: Getty

Life expectancy dropped for the first time in 60 years in the US in recent years. That’s a pretty dramatic occurrence in the most developed country in the so-called ‘first world’.

Earlier this year, Ireland joined the US and four other countries - Canada, Norway, Sweden and parts of the UK - as countries showing a rise of 20 per cent in opioid use between 2011 and 2016. These statistics are shocking,...

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