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An epic legal battle brought ARCOS opioid data to light - WaPo

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'ARCOS was a secret database which the drug industry and the federal government, specifically — wanted to keep secret. The  complex civil litigation case journey of the ARCOS data into sunlight began with lawsuits by drug-ravaged communities, with the final steps through legal action. In effect, the public, as represented by local governments, had community-specific information for the purposes of the lawsuits, but those governments could not share that information with the public via the news media. “There is no validity to the Pharmaceutical Defendants’ claim that access to aggregated data is every bit as good as access to raw transactional data. If it were, then the news media would not be working so hard to get the transactional data & the DEA would not be working so hard to conceal it.” The ARCOS database is now available in a searchable format on The Washington Post’s website'


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"As the newspaper industry has contracted, it has been forced to be more selective in going to court to obtain public records. The power of the news media has been shaped not only by the First Amendment but by the resources to hire lawyers to challenge powerful interests to fight all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, for instance."

" The Post, joined by HD Media, owners of the Gazette-Mail, fought to have the ARCOS information made public. The Gazette-Mail won a Pulitzer Prize for blockbuster 2016 stories by reporter Eric Eyre that used ARCOS data released by the West Virginia attorney general to show that hundreds of millions of opioid pills had been shipped into the state. Two law professors at West Virginia University, Patrick McGinley and Suzanne Weise, have been representing HD Media."

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