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Opioid Epidemic

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McLean County has officially joined thousands of state and local governments that have sued drugmakers and distributors over the opioid epidemic.

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A senior official with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy visited Bloomington’s Chestnut Health Systems on Monday to gain insight on how addiction treatment is covering rural residents.

California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, discusses the lawsuit his office has filed against Purdue Pharma for its painkiller, Oxycontin.
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The federal judge overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by city and county governments against manufacturers, distributors and retailers over the opioid crisis has ordered the public release of data showing where prescription drugs were distributed nationally before 2013. 

Judge Dan Polster, who is based in Cleveland, issued the order Monday saying there is "clearly no basis" for shielding older data maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration.