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Court files help show how FDA enabled opioid epidemic

Approval of OxyContin, the drug that “arguably opened the floodgates of the opioid epidemic,” came with a misleading sentence that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed in the drug’s official label, Caitlin Esch reported for Marketplace last month. Her report, based on court files she unearthed, was excerpted this week on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Inside Appalachia.”

On page 15 of the 21-page official label FDA approved for OxyContin in 1995 was this sentence: “Delayed absorption as provided by Oxycotin tablets is believed to reduce the abuse liability of a drug.” A drug, not the drug; Purdue Pharma, its manufacturer, had done no research on its potential for addiction. Another sentence said addiction was rare under a doctor’s care, but the study wasn’t based on OxyContin.

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By Heather Chapman: High Plains Journal announces finalists for 2017 Agriculture Cares award for rural people who make a difference

In rural America, we think there’s just something a little extra neighborly about our neighbors. People who “go above and beyond to improve their community, their country and their world. People who see a need in their community and find a way to meet it,” Shauna Rumbaugh writes for High Plains Journal. “People who willingly serve their neighbors and inspire others to make a difference, no matter how small or wherever they may live.” That’s a perfect description for the six reader-nominated finalists for the Journal’s Agriculture Cares award for 2017. Read more about them:

By Heather Chapman: High Plains Journal announces finalists for 2017 Agriculture Cares award for rural people who make a difference

The Rural Blog: Ky. leads in development of commercial hemp, but crop’s potential in needy Eastern Ky. is limited

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The Rural Blog: Craft breweries can revitalize small-town economies, attract millennial residents

Craft breweries can revitalize small-town economies, attract millennial residents

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