Opioid Crisis Takes A Toll On Economic Outlook For Many Americans, Fed Says
By Charlotte Norsworthy
One out of five Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new report about the economic well-being of U.S. households.
The Federal Reserve report, based on a national survey, also found that exposure to opioid addiction was twice as likely among whites, regardless of education level, as among African-Americans.
Survey respondents who knew someone who had been addicted to opioids were less likely to give the national or local economy a favorable rating.
It was the first time the Fed has included questions about opioid addiction in its annual survey, which began in 2013.
Economists are taking seriously the idea that opioid abuse and addiction are having an impact on the economy. Read the full article.
MATERIALS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Second amended complaint filed on April 2, 2018 in Crittenden County Circuit Court.
News Release announcing March 21, 2018 press conference.
News Release announcing April 6, 2018 Arkansas Supreme Court decision.
Watch video from the news conference announcing the lawsuit.
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Media Coverage of Arkansas Opioid Litigation
As courts see local flood of opioid lawsuits, litigation strategies can vary by state — Government Executive
State aims to tackle addiction in the courtroom – Arkansas Money & Politics
Attorney: Governments seeking to recover 'probably...billions' from opioid companies – Talk Business & Politics
Arkansas cities, counties sue drug makers over opioid crisis — Associated Press
Other Media Coverage
Opioid-makers gushed dollars to Arkansas doctors — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Bitter Pill — Arkansas Times
Opioid crisis affects all Americans, rural and urban — U.S. Department of Agriculture
The opioid epidemic: A crisis years in the making — The New York Times
This joint report from National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) examines how cities and counties can strengthen collaboration with each other and state, federal, private-sector and non-profit partners to tackle the opioid crisis. Several of the recommendations are accompanied by existing local practices from cities and counties. The report also includes recommendations for state and federal officials, who are pivotal partners in local efforts to combat opioid misuse, diversion, overdose and death.