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Hello, everyone, and how are you this fine, sunny morning? The middle of the week has arrived, as you may know, so why not celebrate with a delicious cup of stimulation? After all, you made it this far, which is a likely sign of surviving another few days. And of course, no prescription is required, which is a good thing. Our choice today, for those keeping track, is butter pecan. And while you drink up, you can peruse some of the tidbits we have assembled to help you start the day. Hope you conquer the world and, as always, do keep in touch. …

Rhode Island reversed course and will now support a $21 billion nationwide settlement it originally declined to back resolving lawsuits alleging that three large wholesalers — AmerisourceBergen (ABC), McKesson (MCK), and Cardinal Health (CAH) —  fueled the deadly U.S. opioid crisis, Reuters writes. This marks the latest instance of a holdout state opting into the settlement with the distributors. How much the companies ultimately must pay and how much outstanding litigation they will face depends on state and local government participation. The number of states that have not agreed to settle with some or all of the four companies has dwindled from nine in September to five.

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