In national news:

The American Pain Society (APS) has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Illinois, in an effort to shield itself from lawsuits related to the national opioid crisis. According to a report in Pain Medicine News, the APS says that: “Over the past year, APS has been named a defendant in numerous spurious lawsuits related to opioids prescribing and abuse. The organization’s financial health has deteriorated as a result of the litigation.” The APS website indicates that the organization was attempting to position itself as part of the solution as recently as April with an APS Scientific Meeting entitled “Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain.”

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