Multibillion-dollar opioid drug maker Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company is facing more than 2,600 lawsuits alleging it helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic in the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of people in England are believed to be addicted to prescription drugs. A recent review looked at the use of strong painkillers, antidepressants and sleeping tablets, used by a quarter of adults in England every year.
The US pharmaceutical industry faces tens of billions of dollars in potential damage payments for fueling the opioid addiction crisis after Oklahoma won a $572 million judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.