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OxyContin maker Purdue pleads guilty to 3 criminal charges

The painkiller OxyContin has played an outsized role in the opioid crisis, which has killed at least 470,000 people since 2000. Originally intended as a drug for severe pain, OxyContin was prescribed widely for moderate pain, exposing millions to the risk of addiction and overdose.

Domestic violence is common among both women and men

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as "the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another." The frequency and severity can vary dramatically, but the events include everything from threats and emotional abuse to physical violence and sexual assault.

Domestic violence reports may be rising

Considering current events, some people have wondered whether domestic violence reports are on the rise. After all, families are spending a great deal more time together than they are accustomed to doing. At the same time, anti-domestic violence activists worry that victims may lack a realistic way to call for help because they may always be in their abusers' presence.

Is an eyewitness's confidence the key to their reliability?

When police ask an eyewitness to identify a suspect, it is usually done through either a lineup or a photo array. In this situation, the culprit may actually be among the choices. However, it's also possible that the police have the wrong person. Therefore, identifying a suspect should always be about affirmatively recognizing them, not just choosing the person most similar to the suspect.

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