Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes '20 Years Late'

The maker of OxyContin, one of the most prescribed and aggressively marketed opioid painkillers, will no longer tout the drug or any other opioids to doctors. The announcement, made Saturday , came as drugmaker Purdue Pharma faces lawsuits for deceptive marketing brought by cities and counties across the U.S., including several in Maine. The company said it's cutting its U.S. sales force by more than half. Just how important are these steps against the backdrop of a raging opioid epidemic...

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Commerce – A&M-Commerce moved back to the top of the South Central Regional Rankings in the latest national poll after their last regular season win over Angelo State. Whoever holds the top spot in the final poll will be host to the first 3 rounds of the NCAA Division 2 tournament. The Lions won the first game of the Lone Star Conference tournament Tuesday, and are set to face Tarleton State in the semi-finals tomorrow at 8 in the A&M-Commerce fieldhouse.

Live coverage of the game begins at 7:45 on 88.9, KETR.

Commerce – The Commerce City Council passed the second reading on an ordinance that controls the presence of animals at city sanctioned events and in city parks. The Council had concerns on the first reading of the ordinance, as they did not want to limit residents' ability to enjoy city parks with their pets, but wanted a framework allowing the city to deal with animals at large gatherings or in the event of legitimate complaints. The Council passed the ordinance on the second reading after modifications to address those concerns.

Hopkins County – A Hopkins County man held fire officials at bay with a shotgun after setting his house ablaze earlier this week. The man had set his house on fire after an argument with his children, then held firemen off with a 12 gauge shotgun while ammunition in the house began to detonate. The man fled into the woods as patrol cars arrived. The Hopkins County Sheriff's office knows the man, and is seeking a felony warrant for deadly conduct.

Rains County – Rains County leaders, residents, and students were in Austin yesterday to mark Rains County Days at the Capitol. 21 adults and 20 students were scheduled to make the trip to meet state officials and experience Texas government in action. Reverend David Diller of Emory United Methodist Church was scheduled to open the Senate session of the day, and tours of the Texas Association of Counties and Bob Bullock Texas Historical Museum were scheduled.

Commerce – City of Commerce officials broke ground for a new City Hall and Fire and Police complex Friday. State Representative Dan Flynn was on hand as the city makes way for construction to begin, and commended the vision of local leaders. Commerce Mayor Sheryl Zelhart said plans for the facilities are right on schedule to begin on April 28th. Construction is expected to be completed in the first months of 2006.

02-24-2005 – State Senator Bob Deuell and Representative Dan Flynn will be on hand today as the City of Commerce breaks ground for the new City Hall and new Fire and Police complex. The ceremony is set for 1:30 today in downtown Commerce across from the future site of the new City Hall on Alamo Street. The groundbreaking will initiate construction of the new facilities, which is on schedule and set to begin in March.

02-24-2005 – The Commerce Independent School District Board of Trustees is considering implementing a standardized dress code for Commerce schools. Almost 90% of staff and faculty approved the idea, but the district was looking for at least 90% approval before proceeding with the considerations. The district plans to study the issue more, and reconsider a standard dress code in the Fall.

02-24-05 – Commerce police took a man into custody yesterday in connection with a stolen vehicle out of Sulphur Springs. A white male was taken into custody by Commerce police with little trouble, according to Sergeant Dixon of the Commerce police. The stop was made at the intersection of Culver and Monroe Street, and the suspect is currently being held in Commerce City jail.

02-23-2005 – The A&M-Commerce mens basketball team crept back into the top 10 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, settling at number 9 in the nation. The Lions are 21 and 4 on the season, and finish their last two regular season games on the road with Abilene Christian up tomorrow in an 8 o'clock match.

Listen to all the play-by-play live on 88.9 KETR starting at 7:45.