County News: More fronts open in the war against opioids

“Counties are continuing to grapple with the widening scope of the opioid drug epidemic.

Another county has filed suit against a pharmaceutical company that marketed painkillers, while King County continues to search for locations for its safe injection sites. Meanwhile, a synthetic drug is raising the stakes for users and first responders.”

USA Today: Missouri Counties Do What State Won’t: Track Opioid Sales

“Fed up that Missouri is the only state that doesn’t track the prescription and sale of opioids, some of its biggest cities and counties have created their own monitoring system to help combat the increasingly popular and highly addictive drugs. Forty-nine states have established prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs, which require pharmacies to report…

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