Utah’s Drug Offenses Spiking Despite Sweeping Reform: Report

A new legislative audit of a 2015 Utah reform initiative cites inadequate treatment options for sufferers of addiction and hefty workloads for probation officers as primary reasons why Utahns with nonviolent low-level drug convictions are back in court answering new charges more often. Advocates say other states can learn from Utah’s mistakes.

Purdue Pharma Faces $8B Penalties in Plea Deal

The OxyContin prescription opioid painkiller maker controlled by members of the wealthy Sackler family, is nearing an agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges as part of a broader deal to resolve Justice Department investigations into its alleged role in fueling the nation’s opioid crisis,