Big Opioid Trial Set for Tuesday in Oklahoma

Barring a settlement, it will be the first time Americans will hear the full scope of arguments in any of the lawsuits claiming that false and aggressive marketing by U.S. painkiller manufacturers caused an opioid overdose crisis that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says killed nearly 218,000 Americans between 1999 and 2017.

Federal Antidrug Resources Lag as Deaths Rise

The depth of the fentanyl problem continues to overwhelm the government’s response, and the administration has yet to produce a strategy required by Congress. “We didn’t get into this crisis overnight. We’re not going to get out overnight,” says presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway.