HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  In their effort to uncover detailed opioid distribution data in a massive opioid court case, HD Media and the Washington Post argue that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and opioid manufacturers and distributors want the information kept secret to hide their respective roles in allowing the opioid epidemic to mushroom.

The two newspaper companies also argued in legal briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that keeping the information from the public will hinder the public good that could come from disclosure. They also contend that blockage of the release of DEA data is undermining the presumption of transparency and openness of court proceedings and government records. …

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