There are no real winners in the opioid epidemic. But on August 26, a judge in Oklahoma handed a small victory to the state, which had sued opioid-maker Johnson & Johnson for its role in the morass.
In the first such ruling to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for the opioid crisis, the judge found that the company had falsely and dangerously marketed the powerful drugs, a deception that led to addiction and death for too many people, the New York Times and other news outlets reported. To help offset the cost of the epidemic to the state, the company has to pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma.
Source: Science News