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  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Midwest City Doctor Charged with Five Counts of Second Degree Murder Bound over for Trial

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced a Midwest City doctor who was charged with five counts of second-degree murder has been bound over to stand trial.Last June, Attorney General Hunter charged Dr. Regan Nichols with five counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of at least five of her patients while she was working as an osteopathic physician at a Midwest City clinic.During the preliminary hearing, Judge Mark McCormick heard from seven witnesses, including age...  Read More...

  • CBS This Morning | CBS Correspondent Tony Dokoupil sits down with Attorney General Mike Hunter to discuss the state's opioid lawsuit

    "I have no confidence in that process. I have confidence in our lawyers. I have confidence in our laws.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Condemns Purdue Pharma for Attempting to Move State’s Opioid Case to Federal Court

    State preparing motion to remand in response to keep trial in OklahomaAttorney General Mike Hunter today announces the state's plan to file a motion to remand in response to Purdue's attempt to move the state's lawsuit to federal court.OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today condemned Purdue Pharma for filing a notice of removal in the state’s lawsuit against the nation’s leading opioid manufacturers.Through the filing, Purdue is attempting to transfer th...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Commission on Opioid Abuse Will Look Deeper into the State Opioid Epidemic

    Attorney General Mike Hunter discusses future plans for the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse with reporters after Thursday's meeting.OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse today at a special meeting announced the commission will seek continuation of its work examining the scope of the state’s opioid epidemic next year.Commission members agreed to recess over the summer months and schedule a meeting in the fall to beg...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Applauds House and Senate Members for Passing Host of Opioid Commission Recommendations

    Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse announce the commission's recommendations at a press conference in late JanuaryOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended members of both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate for working to pass all of the remaining legislation requested by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse and sending the bills to the governor for final approval.Attorney General Hunter said the legis...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Two Medical Professionals with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today charged a nurse practitioner and her supervising physician with one count each of unlawful distribution of a controlled dangerous substance after an investigation by his office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD).Dr. Azuka Egbuniwe, 48, is accused of signing prescriptions for schedule II substances for patients she never met with while working as a supervising physician for nurse practitioner Addie Gratz, 43, w...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman: Commentary: OKC Businessman: Oklahoma doing something about opioid crisis

    In Case You Missed It: Commentary: OKC businessman: Oklahoma doing something about opioid crisisBy Bob Howard | Published: April 18, 2018 With more than 65,000 annual overdose deaths attributed to opioids nationally, and tons of prescription opioids coming into Oklahoma annually, it's high time we more intelligently and tightly controlled this frighteningly dangerous drug.Attorney General Mike Hunter's Opioid Task Force is to be commended for shining a light on the layers of co...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends House and Senate Members as First Opioid Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk

    Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued the following statement commending the members of both the Oklahoma House and Senate after approving a bill that criminalizes the trafficking of fentanyl and its equivalents.Senate Bill 1078 is the first piece of legislation recommended by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse to pass both chambers and make it to the governor’s desk.“In 2016, fentanyl accounted for more than 20,000 deaths in the United States, overtaking overdose deaths att...  Read More...

  • The Norman Transcript: Oklahoma AG speaks about ongoing state legal issues

    By Jacob McGuire | Transcript Staff WriterOklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke at the Norman Rotary Club's meeting on Feb. 1. In an effort to raise awareness of the legal issues the state is facing, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke at the Norman Rotary Club’s Thursday meeting.During the meeting, Hunter spoke about a lawsuit his office filed against four drug manufactures last year.On June 30, Hunter filed a lawsuit claiming Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Teva, Janssen ...  Read More...

  • The Norman Transcript: Balkman appoints judicial master in state opioid case

    By Jacob McGuire | Transcript Staff Writer | Feb 1, 2018NORMAN — Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman has appointed a judicial master to the Oklahoma Attorney General's lawsuit against several opioid manufacturers. With the decision, disputes involving evidence in the case shouldn’t keep the case from moving forward.On Monday, Balkman signed an order appointing William C. Hetherington Jr.   Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman: Editorial: Oklahoma opioid panel provides several good ideas

    In Case You Missed ItBy The Oklahoman Editorial Board | Published: January 28, 2018 12:00 AMA commission that spent half of last year studying the impact of opioids on Oklahoma produced 31 recommendations for slowing the scourge. It's encouraging that many don't require funding, and those ideas should be pursued with all due haste.The report released last week by Attorney General Mike Hunter, who led the commission, noted that drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma have increased by 91 percent...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends Walmart’s New Initiative to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

     Attorney General Hunter receives hands-on demonstration at local Walmart pharmacyOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today met at a local Walmart pharmacy with officials from Walmart and DisposeRx to receive a hands-on demonstration of an innovative new initiative to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.Walmart announced last week it would carry and distribute the opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, in all of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide, free of c...  Read More...

  • Bartlesville Examiner - Enterprise: Hunter Wants to Fight Opioid Abuse

    By Nathan Thompson nthompson@examiner-enterprise.comPosted Jan 25, 2018 at 12:01 AMOklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said he wants to continue the fight against opioid abuse and protect public safety, as he seeks a full term as the state’s chief legal and law enforcement officer.Hunter spoke with the Examiner-Enterprise on Wednesday during a visit to Bartlesville, one day after the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse released its findings and final recommendations for legislation, policy and...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Author Tells Oklahomans: Prepare For a Long Road on Opioids

    by Meg Wingerter Related coverageOklahoma opioid commission unveils recommendationsSam Quinones speaks about his book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opioid Epidemic" at the Oklahoma History Center on Tuesday. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]Oklahoma City — America's opioid epidemic was the product of 20 years of silence, and conquering it will take years of work and hosts of ideas, a reporter who traced it said.Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles Time...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse Release Findings, Recommendations

     Report includes recommended changes to state law, rules and policyOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse today released their findings and final recommendations for legislation, policy and rule changes to combat the state’s current opioid epidemic.The nine-member commission, made of representatives from law enforcement, the medical community, private sector businesses and the state legislature, met six times over the ...  Read More...

  • Janelle Stecklein: CNHI: Mike Hunter: From 'humble beginnings'

    By Janelle Stecklein CNHI Oklahoma Reporter | Jan 19, 2018 Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter discusses his first year in office during a recent visit to the Enid News & Eagle. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)OKLAHOMA CITY — Meet Mike Hunter for the first time, and it’s hard to ignore that his impeccably tailored suit is finished off with a pair of polished cowboy boots.For years, Hunter said he was afraid to don that footwear. A college mentor once told him they marked hi...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman’s Trial Schedule for State Opioid Lawsuit

    Oklahoma is first state in nation to have a trial scheduled in opioid litigationOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman for granting the state’s requested May 2019 trial date for its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for their role in creating the opioid epidemic.Oklahoma is the first state in the nation to have a trial date set among the multitude of states across the country suing drug manufacturers.Attorney Gener...  Read More...

  • Collaboration leading Oklahoma’s opioid battle

    By: Sarah Terry-Cobo | The Journal RecordDecember 11, 2017 Dr. Jason Beaman, left, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, speaks as Jessica Hawkins, senior director of Prevention Services with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Attorney General Mike Hunter; and Julia Jernigan, executive director of the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association, listen during a rou...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman’s Ruling to Move Opioid Lawsuit Forward

    Cleveland County Judge denies defendants’ motions to dismissNORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement regarding Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman’s denial of opioid manufacturers’ motions to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against them for their role in creating the opioid epidemic.“We appreciate the care with which Judge Balkman evaluated the motions to dismiss and our response, and applaud his decision to move the case forwar...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to Congress Asking for Repeal of Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

    Attorney General Hunter: Law hinders local law enforcementOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general have sent a letter, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, to congressional leadership calling for the repeal of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.The letter, authored by Attorney General Hunter, Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and North Caroli...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Opioid crisis facing the state discussed at addiction summit

    By Cass Rains Staff Writer Education was the most common theme for a solution to the state's mounting opioid crisis, officials said Wednesday during an addiction summit held in Enid.Members of OSU Center for Health Sciences, law enforcement officials, state and local leaders, and policy makers met for the Addiction in Rural Oklahoma Summit at Central National Bank Center. The summit was one of three across the state. One was held Tuesday in Lawton and another was planned for Thursday in Dur...  Read More...

  • AG Hunter Writes Letter to Feds Requesting Opioid Industry be Treated as Criminal Enterprise

    AG Hunter requests meeting to discuss federal, state effortOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the federal government pursue opioid manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).The letter comes one day after Attorney General Sessions was in Oklahoma to discuss criminal justice issues across the United States.Attorney General Hunter said the letter’s in...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Signs Letter Urging Congress to Pass Road to Recovery Act

    Change to law will make drug treatment options more available to OklahomansOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has signed a bipartisan letter with 38 other attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General, calling on Congress to pass the Road to Recovery Act.The legislation eliminates the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion from the original Medicaid law, which currently acts as a barrier to residential addiction treatment. The elimination will help incre...  Read More...

  • Tulsa World Editorial: Opioid abuse is still an emergency ... and the state is getting ready to do something about it

    Attorney general leads panel taking broad approach to problemRemember when opioid abuse was a national emergency?For about half a news cycle, the national media stopped worrying about the latest presidential tweet and paid some attention to an issue that really matters to families in the heart of the nation.Opioid abuse, driven by excessive prescriptions, is destroying lives in America. The national emergency hasn’t passed, although much of the media attention has.To its credit, the state ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Members of Okla Commission on Opioid Abuse, Sets Meeting Schedule

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the names of the individuals who will serve on the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.Attorney General Hunter, Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz selected the members of the commission after the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 in May.The nine-member commission, chaired by Attorney General Hunter, contains members from the medical community, law enforcem...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Oklahoma AG trying to curtail opioid crisis

    By Jessica Miller | Staff WriterENID, Okla. — Opioid overdoses have claimed the lives of almost 3,000 Oklahomans over the last three years, Attorney General Mike Hunter said during a visit to Enid on Monday.His office is focused on trying to get a handle on the opioid crisis, Hunter said.In 2014, there were almost 10 million prescriptions for opioid medication. That's enough to give 50 pills to every person in the state, Hunter told members of Enid Rotary Club.Just 4.4 percent of abused painkill...  Read More...

  • The Journal Record: A cultural change: Viewing opioid addiction as a brain disease

    Panelists on a roundtable discussion on the state’s opioid crisis were Julia Jernigan, Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association; attorney Michael Burrage; Attorney General Mike Hunter; Jessica Hawkins, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Dr. Jason Beaman, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. The rountable, held Wednesday at KOSU’s studios on Film Row in Oklahoma City, was moderated by The Journal Record Associate Publisher and Editor Ted Streuli....  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Tulsa Doctor with Unlawful Possession of Opioid Medication

    TULSA – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged Dr. James Fleckenstein with obtaining possession of opioid pain medication by fraud, after an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBNDD) and Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.According to court documents, an investigation into Fleckenstein’s prescribing practices began in December 2016 by the OBNDD after a pharmacist became concerned with the amount of opioid medication be...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter files Lawsuit against four Opioid Manufacturers

    State seeks damages for misleading marketing practices and misrepresentationOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County against four of the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioid pain medication, claiming the effects of deceptive marketing campaigns over the last decade have fueled the state’s opioid epidemic.The lawsuit states the four manufacturers worked with third parties, including those with influence in the medical community, to promot...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Editorial: Fight against Opioids is Worth Having in Oklahoma

    In Case You Missed It  Editorial: Fight against opioids is worth havingBy The Oklahoman Editorial Board | June 15, 2017EVENTS recently in Georgia offer only the latest example of why a task force focused on opioids holds importance in Oklahoma.Early last week, law enforcement and public health officials in Georgia were busy spreading the word about more than a dozen overdoses related to fake Percocet. At least four people died.Percocet contains oxycodone, which is an opioid pain m...  Read More...