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Maura Healey, Attorney General, Massachusetts and her lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

Maura Healey

Recently AG Healey “took on” the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, but did she really?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive OxyContin.  The AG alleged that Purdue Pharma misled consumers about OxyContin’s addiction and health risks in order to increase its profits.  She also named the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, as well as members of the pharmaceutical company’s Board of Directors.  Interesting approach, but one that made me very curious.  So I will make some observations, ask some questions and maybe, I will receive some answers because some things do not quite sit well here,

The Deadly Side of Irvine That Nobody Wants to Address

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The El Toro Marine Corps base has left more than it’s saga behind.

Tim King Global News Centre

(SALEM, Ore.) – Irvine, California, is a pricey piece of California paradise on the surface, but underneath, a city of deadly cancer clusters, with a sea of toxic carcinogens flowing beneath its streets.

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This is south Orange County, a place where people have plenty of money and success, but whether they know it or not, the people of Irvine are also part of a dirty, well kept secret.

HIGHLY TOXIC CANNABIS IN MASS?

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GLOBAL NEWS CENTRE

Contaminated flower may be getting patients and employees sick

Anne Hassel had high hopes for a new career when she applied for a job serving medical marijuana patients at New England Treatment Access (NETA), a registered medical dispensary (RMD) in Massachusetts. A licensed physical therapist, she believes in the efficacy of cannabis and says that she appreciated how NETA was presented “as having a new business paradigm, one of worker input and responsive management.”

That was then. Now, nearly a year after she quit working at NETA and filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claiming she was regularly exposed to mold via cannabis flower, Hassel mockingly says NETA stands for “Never Ethically Treating Anybody.”

“Mold was an issue at both [NETA’s] Franklin cultivation center and the Northampton dispensary,” Hassel wrote in her complaint to OSHA. The former budtender reported that she “observed powered mildew flower” while trimming cannabis in 2016 in Franklin but was instructed by a supervisor to “cut around it.” She also says that management dunked “marijuana flower into a hydrogen peroxide solution to treat the mold.”

The Nubiamancy Productions Campaign

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Global News Centre

Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.

After four years of posting over 10,000 images and videos, and after receiving thousands of comments and messages clamouring to see those works in live-action films, Nubiamancy is now embarking on a mission to turn the social media platform into a film studio, but we need your help. :)

The goal is to become a film studio that creates short films based on some of the content displayed on the pages. We will be contacting many artists, writers, and photographers in our back catalogue of shared works in order to bring many of the great pieces of art alive in high quality, but cost efficient, short films. The long term goal is eventually to transition into full-length feature films, but starting small is the way to go for now. 

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic — and should be!

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The FDA’s approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as “fire, aim, ready” as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached is a Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services Inc’s (PMRS) Motion for Summary Judgment filed against the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

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