Okla.'s Abatement Plan Takes Center Stage In J&J Opioid Trial

By Cara Salvatore (June 20, 2019, 9:56 PM EDT) -- Two Oklahoma public health experts on Thursday defended the state's ambitious plan for curing its opioid crisis using money it hopes Johnson & Johnson will be forced to pay if the pharmaceutical giant is found to have helped catalyze the epidemic, while a defense attorney questioned the state's need for the money.

The state of Oklahoma, which is seeking to hold Johnson & Johnson liable for helping to create an addiction crisis in the state, called Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Center for Wellness and Recovery executive director Julie Croff, who proceeded to explain various segments of the state's abatement plan —...

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