Mar 19, 2019

Gillibrand: Drug manufacturers should be prosecuted for opioid crisis

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said during an MSNBC town hall Monday that drug manufacturers like the Sackler family, which founded Purdue Pharma, should be prosecuted for their role in exacerbating the opioid crisis.

"What we have to do is take on the drug manufacturers, who purposefully made these [drugs] stronger, more addictive — and now that we have the documents, we know that they did it because they wanted record sales. ... They should be prosecuted. What we know from the evidence that's been gleaned from what the Sackler family did, and how they looked at drugs as a way to make billions of dollars, and making sure that the dosage is higher so they are more addictive, the way they dampened down any investigation, any transparency and accountability — that is what we have to take on."

The backdrop: The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of opioid painkillers including OxyContin. The company is currently fighting a court challenge that has become the first major legal battle between public officials and the companies involved with making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

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NASCAR driver Ryan Newman hospitalized after fiery Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, crashes and flips during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Racing driver Ryan Newman was hospitalized in a serious condition with non-life threatening injuries after his car crashed at the Daytona 500 on Monday, NASCAR said in a statement.

The big picture: The 42-year-old was leading the final lap of the race, won by Denny Hamlin, when his car flipped in the fiery crash. President Trump tweeted after the crash, "Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCARdriver!"

Go deeper: Trump takes presidential limousine for lap at Daytona 500

Bolton indicates more Ukraine details if book prevails WH "censorship"

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton on stage at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a talk at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina he hopes his new book is "not suppressed" by the White House, according to journalists present in the room.

This is an effort to write history and I did it the best I can. We'll have to see what comes out of the censorship."
Bolton's comments, per Bloomberg and the New York Times

There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.