Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers

Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers
July 02, 2014
http://www.npr.org/2014/07/02/327797242/chicago-and-a-pair-of-counties-bring-lawsuit-against-oxycontin-makers

Two California counties and the city of Chicago, hard hit by OxyContin addiction, are suing the drug’s manufacturers.
Reporter Emily Green says they’re charging that the drug-makers have contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Addiction to painkillers is a national epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chou says Santa Clara County is spending millions of dollars in its public hospitals to treat patients suffering from addiction and overdoses. It’s also seen a rise in crime. And he wants the drug companies to pay, like the tobacco companies did in the 1990s after they were sued.
The lawsuits filed by Santa Clara and Orange counties as well as Chicago accuse the pharmaceutical manufactures of purposefully downplaying the risks of painkillers.
Chou says the companies secretly funded what look like mutual advocacy organizations like the American Pain Foundation to promote the drugs.

related:
Teen Abuse of Painkiller OxyContin on the Rise
December 19, 2005
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5061674
http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2001/jul/oxycontin/010731.oxycontin.html

School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm
April 13, 2013
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/13/study-school-reform-in-3-major-cities-brings-few-benefits-some-harm

a new study on the effects of this movement in Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago concludes that little has been accomplished and some harm has been done to students, especially the underprivileged.

The full study, titled “Market-oriented education reforms’ rhetoric trumps reality,” was conducted by Elaine Weiss and Don Long of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education initiative, which was convened in 2008 by Economic Policy Institute President Larry Mishel in an effort to champion a well-rounded approach to education that goes beyond test-based accountability.

Market-oriented education reform refers to a series of initiatives that include educator evaluations based in large part on student standardized test scores, the closure of schools that are considered failing or underenrolled, and an increase in the number of charter schools, many of which are operated by for-profit companies.