Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with over 100 documents to chronicle the major events. Various records may include:  • official reports  • surveys  • speeches from leaders and opinion makers  • court cases  • legislation  • testimony  • and much more Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics:  • business  • the economy and labor  • energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation  • government and politics  • health and social services  • international affairs  • national security and terrorism  • rights and justice Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents include:  • a comprehensive introduction  • background information on the event  • full-source citations  • easy access to material  • detailed and thematic table of contents  • references to related coverage  • documents from the last ten editions of the series

Court Issues Ruling in Opioid Epidemic Trial; Federal Government Releases Funds to Fight Opioid Use : August 26 and September 4, 2019

Court Issues Ruling in Opioid Epidemic Trial; Federal Government Releases Funds to Fight Opioid Use
Heather Kerrigan

During the past decade, opioid abuse and overdose deaths in the United States have risen significantly. State and local officials frequently blame the increase on pharmaceutical companies for downplaying the addiction risk associated with prescription opioids as well as doctors who overprescribe such pain medication. In 2019, the state of Oklahoma sought to hold accountable big-name pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid crisis that had devastated local communities and drained government coffers. The trial was closely watched by the more than ...

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