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1. Luttrell Says Administration Will Intervene in Commission's Opioid Litigation -

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle left no doubt in his ruling Tuesday, Nov. 14, about who was correct between county mayor Mark Luttrell and the county commission over opioid abuse litigation in Circuit Court.

2. Opioid Lawsuit Filed as County Dispute on Legal Action Goes to Court -

UPDATE: Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the Shelby County Commission overstepped its role and powers within county government when the commission hired a law firm and had its own attorney file a lawsuit in Circuit Court against pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse.

3. County Pay Raises Move Comes Up Short as Commission Makes New Legal Moves -

A move to raise the pay of the county’s top 19 elected positions effective with the winners of the 2018 county elections fell short Monday, Nov. 13, of the two-thirds majority needed to pass in a set of votes by the Shelby County Commission.

4. NARCAN Useful Against Opioid Overdose -

With the number of overdose deaths from opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet at all-time highs, a new nasal spray is now available to counteract overdoses, and it can be acquired at local pharmacies without a prescription.

5. Groups Seek Ban on High-Dose Opioids Citing Overdose Danger -

CHICAGO (AP) – Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs.

6. Prosecutors' Lawsuit Says Opioid Drug Makers Deceived Public -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby's guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction to painkillers.

7. FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Most Widely Used Painkillers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely used prescription painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet.

8. CDC Guidelines Aim to Curb Painkiller Prescribing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

9. Oxycontin Maker Bows Out of FDA Meeting on Harder-to-Abuse Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.

An executive for Purdue Pharma says the company wants more time to review and analyze its data. As a result, the company has withdrawn its application that was slated to be reviewed before a Food and Drug Administration committee next week.

10. FDA Requires Lower Doses for Sleep Medications -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

11. Drugmakers, FDA Move to Curb Painkiller Abuse -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pharmaceutical executives laid out plans Friday to prevent the misuse of prescription painkillers, under pressure from regulators trying to stop hundreds of fatal overdoses each year.