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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, as the summer winds down. Slow as things may appear, the world is still spinning. So we are engaging in our usual routine of brewing hot cups of stimulation — blueberry is in order, once again — and juggling our ever-busy schedule of phone calls, meetings, and the like. Meanwhile, for those of you who are not at a beach, lake, or some distant point, here are a few tidbits to get you going. Hope all goes well today and, as always, do keep in touch. You wouldn’t want us to feel lonely, would you?

British Columbia launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against numerous drug makers, alleging they falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs and helped trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands, The Financial Post reports. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in Canada and also named several pharmacies, claiming they should have known the quantities of opioids they were distributing exceeded any legitimate market. British Columbia was the province hit hardest by the opioid crisis, with 1,399 deaths last year, up from 974 in 2016.

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