Welcome to Thursday, Philly. This morning we're talking about the city suing pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis and updates in the slaying of Penn student Blaze Bernstein. There's much to discuss, so let's dive in.
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Philly is the latest community to sue major pharmaceutical companies due to the opioid crisis. The city's suit aims to stop deceptive marketing practices and wants drugmakers to pay treatment costs for residents suffering from addiction.
Columnist Mike Newall writes that it's become clear that the multi-billion dollar industry has fueled this epidemic and lied about their drugs' addictive effects.
A recent Penn study has even shown how easily opioids can be over-prescribed: researchers tweaked a setting on medical record entries and watched prescriptions drop.
Samuel Woodward, the 20-year-old suspected killer of University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, has been formally charged with murder.
Bernstein was found in a shallow grave close to his family's home in Southern California, and officials said he been stabbed nearly 20 times. Bernstein's parents released a statement Tuesday suggesting their son's death was a hate crime.
A former teacher and a classmate have since described Woodward as humorless and strange.
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