Thursday, April 25, 2024OPIOIDSTOBACCO

New OIDA Collection and More JUUL Labs Documents

Collection Updates

New OIDA Collection - Poppell v. Cardinal Health
Poppell v. Cardinal Health Litigation Documents consists of transcripts, interrogatories, briefs and motions, complaint and answers, orders, and trial materials.

On March 1, 2023, a jury cleared wholesale drug distributors Cardinal Health Inc., McKesson Corporation, and J M Smith Corporation against claims that they violated Georgia’s Drug Dealer Liability Act and the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute when supplying pharmacies with opioids. The 21 plaintiffs are family members of individuals who became addicted to opioids. It was the first lawsuit to come to trial brought by individual victims of the opioid crisis against pharmaceutical companies rather than by government entities.

The defendants, which also include pharmacies, pharmacy owners, and pharmacists, were charged for actions related to the illegal sales, marketing, and distribution of controlled substances. The allegations included ignoring warnings by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), filling pharmacy orders without a legitimate medical need, failing to report excessive purchases and unusual and suspicious orders, and violating their obligations to prevent diversion.

The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the law office of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP. Documents in the collection include trial and hearing transcripts, trial exhibit lists, trial witness lists, statements of fact, expert disclosures, responses to requests for production of documents, briefs in support of motion to dismiss, and orders to seal records. The documents detail the roles and responsibilities of pharmacies, pharmacists, and distributors in dispensing opioid medication within the regulatory system, specifically related to efforts to prevent drug abuse and diversion.

JUUL Labs Documents
139K new JUUL Labs documents were uploaded. In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, the IDL continues to process and make available documents subject to public disclosure under JUUL Labs’s 2021 settlement with North Carolina. Our Archivists are working hard behind the scenes to ensure certain sensitive personal information is redacted and that any technical issues are resolved before the documents make their way onto the IDL. Stay tuned for continued monthly uploads through 2024!

Final uploads from the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository
We are pleased to report the upload of the final batch of documents from the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository reconciliation project.
The final set of 32 video files were part of a batch of trial exhibits and other materials used in litigation and stored in the depository. We have added these files to our DATTA collection, which holds trial transcripts and other resources.

On September 1, 2021, as a result of the expiration of the 2006 federal court order for document disclosure, the tobacco industry’s large warehouse of paper records in Minnesota closed its doors to the public. In advance of this permanent closure, the IDL team worked to complete a full reconciliation of our records, comparing them with the tobacco company indices to ensure we collected and preserved every document we could. A big thank you to the MN Historical Society archivists for their assistance with identifying and digitizing missing files. This included audiovisual materials, trial exhibits, and the content of computer disks that had not been previously available.

Education and Research Updates

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) is hosting a national symposium, Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16, from noon-2:30 PM (ET) / 9:00 AM-11:30 AM (PT). This unique symposium offers a series of complementary panels that will demonstrate OIDA’s value in addressing fundamental questions of importance to health policy experts, archivists, and historians.

For more details on speakers and how to register, please visit

Chris Shaffer, Anne Seymour, and Kevin Hawkins will present "New Ways to Engage Users and Provide Access to Primary Source Documents Arising from the Opioid Industry" at the Medical Library Association's 2024 conference in Portland, Ore., May 18-21.

Rachel Taketa, Kate Tasker, and Melissa Ignacio presented "Redirect: Navigating a Major Website Redesign at the UCSF Industry Documents Library" for the Society of California Archivists at their virtual annual general meeting on April 15-19.

New Research Feature - Bulk Document Download
We've added a "Download Selected" option that will create a zipped folder of all selected documents (PDF, text and metadata) in your search results. By default the search shows 20 results at a time, but you can increase that to up to 200. You'll need to log in to your Industry Documents Library account to use this feature. (Click on My Library to create an account if you don't already have one!)

Thursday, April 18, 2024OPIOIDS

UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive Announces National Symposium

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) is hosting a national symposium, Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16, noon-2:30 PM (ET) / 9:00 AM-11:30 AM (PT). This unique virtual symposium offers a series of complementary panels that will demonstrate OIDA’s value in addressing fundamental questions of importance to health policy experts, archivists and historians.


Dates: Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16 – each day noon to 2:30 PM ET

Day 1: Health Policy and Law (Monday, May 13)

  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Aaron Kesselheim, Harvard University
  • Regina LaBelle, Georgetown University

This group of experts will explore how laws and policies are being developed to prevent further harms from the opioid crisis, and the critical role of document disclosure as a means to improve public health.

Day 2: Information Science (Tuesday, May 14)

  • Laurie Allen, Library of Congress
  • Rob Sanderson, Yale University
  • Ben Lee, University of Washington

In the digital age, organizational records are being produced on a scale that dwarfs physical archives and even digital archives based only on electronic documents. Speakers will talk about the challenges and opportunities of managing and providing access to massive digital collections like OIDA.

Day 3:History and Science of Medicine (Thursday, May 16)

  • David Courtwright, University of North Florida
  • Antoine Lentacker, University of California, Riverside
  • Liz Chiarello, Saint Louis University

This interdisciplinary panel will discuss the ways in which OIDA collections are an important gateway into telling new stories and developing new analyses about one of the most impactful drug epidemics in U.S. history.

For more details on speakers and how to register, please visit
Thursday, March 28, 2024TOBACCO

JUUL Labs Collection Hits the 1 Million Mark!

This month we uploaded 519,000+ new JUUL Labs documents bringing the entire collection to over 1 Million records!

In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, the IDL is continuing to process and make available documents subject to public disclosure under the terms of JUUL Labs’s 2021 settlement with North Carolina. Our Archivists are working hard behind the scenes to ensure certain sensitive personal information is redacted and that any technical issues are resolved before the documents make their way onto the IDL. Stay tuned for continued monthly uploads through 2024!

Welcome our new Project Archivist, Emma James!
We are delighted to welcome Emma James to the UCSF Library as the Industry Document Library’s new project archivist. Emma will be working with the IDL team to process and make public millions of documents in our growing JUUL Labs Collection.

Emma started her professional journey in the museum field, with a concentration in collection management. Based on her graduate research pursuits, she sought to focus her work towards digital preservation, most recently applied to long-term archiving of digitized and born-digital artwork assets.
Read more about Emma...

New Research Using IDL Documents:

2024 Industry Documents Undergraduate Summer Fellowship
We are currently seeking applicants for an eight-week remote paid fellowship to support computational research using the JUUL Labs Collection.
The fellow will take a leading role in a collaborative data project jointly mentored by the IDL and the UCSF Library Data Science and Open Scholarship (DSOS) team. There will also be opportunities to develop computational analysis skills for digital health humanities research, attend data science courses, and participate in staff meetings.

The fellow will design a summer project using data from the Juul Labs Collection in consultation with the fellowship supervisor. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree/license program at a two or four-year institution (undergraduate only).
Click here for more info and to apply...
Thursday, March 07, 2024OPIOIDS

UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive Launches OIDA Curriculum Library

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA), a collaborative undertaking between the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University, announces the launch of the OIDA Curriculum Library, a resource created to facilitate use of OIDA documents in the classroom.

The OIDA Curriculum Library provides materials that introduce students at the undergraduate and graduate level to the role of corporate tactics in the opioid crisis as demonstrated by documents held in the Archive. The Library contains lectures and classroom activities of various lengths that provide an overview of the opioid crisis and specifically address the corporate marketing strategies used by pharmaceutical and consulting companies involved in the manufacturing, sales and distribution of opioids.

"Through the Library, we hope to make accessible to students these documents that corporations have kept secret until they were exposed through litigation," said Dr. Cecília Tomori, associate professor and director of Global Public Health and Community Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, with a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "It's my hope that the Curriculum Library makes it easy for faculty to motivate their students to delve deeper into the documents and use them in the service of improving our current response to the opioid crisis and to prevent future ones."

The Curriculum Library also contains an annotated bibliography of relevant resources—scholarly articles, books, investigative journalism, documentaries, etc.—for use in the classroom. These materials have been pilot tested and refined by the OIDA team in a variety of courses ranging from undergraduate and graduate level public health courses to courses on substance use and health policy for health professionals such as medical and nursing students.

“The US opioid crisis is one of the worst public health disasters to date, claiming more lives since 1999 than in the worst of the HIV/AIDs epidemic,” said Dr. Kelly Ray Knight, professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. “It is critical that students understand the behaviors of industry and regulators that created the opioid crisis through these newly developed OIDA educational materials. These are the commercial determinants of health that set in motion the conditions under which hundreds of thousands of American lives are still lost every year.”

“The archive brings to life for students the complexity and challenges of policy making in a world of intrenched interests,” said John Colmers, Johns Hopkins Medicine vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and senior associate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The legacy of the discovery from the successful litigation will live long in the public domain, and it can be used to arm the next generation of public health leaders for the challenges ahead.”

OIDA was launched by UCSF and Johns Hopkins in March 2021 as a free public resource. The digital repository includes publicly disclosed documents arising from litigation brought against opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and consultants by local and state governments and tribal communities.

The Archive contains more than 12.6 million pages in 3 million documents and is expected to continue to grow for years to come. Documents are full-text searchable and include an array of relevant materials from many different companies, including emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, budgets, audit reports, Drug Enforcement Administration briefings, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports and trial transcripts.

OIDA may be of use to many different parties, including individuals and communities harmed by the opioid crisis, as well as the media, health care practitioners, students, lawyers, and researchers. Major news outlets such as the New York Times and academic resources like Evidence & Policy and the American Journal of Public Health have published investigative reports and analysis using OIDA documents.

To learn more and access the OIDA Curriculum Library, visit

Friday, March 01, 2024OPIOIDSTOBACCO

New JUUL Labs Documents and Opioid Industry Documents Posted

Tobacco Industry Documents

253,000 new documents were added to the JUUL Labs Collection today! These documents come to us from JUUL Lab's 2021 settlement with North Carolina.
UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSF will continue to publish the remaining documents monthly, concluding the project in 2025.
Screenshot from JUUL Labs presentation on influencer events - document lpyv0284

Opioid Industry Documents

We have added a new collection, the US v. Doud Litigation Documents.
On February 2, 2022, a jury convicted Laurence F. Doud III of conspiring to unlawfully distribute oxycodone and fentanyl and of conspiring to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Doud was charged for actions related to his role as CEO of pharmaceutical distributor Rochester Drug Cooperative (“RDC”) between 2012 and 2017. Doud and other defendants with RDC failed to report suspicious pharmacy orders (such as unusual sales volumes, cash purchases, and out-of-state purchasers) to the DEA, misrepresented RDC’s adherence to written compliance policies and procedures, and failed to conduct due diligence on new customers who purchased opioids and other narcotics.
The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Documents in the collection include email correspondence, DEA reports and reporting logs, pharmacy order records, Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) reports, as well as call logs and transcripts. The documents detail the wholesale distribution process, sales and market share information of wholesalers, as well as compliance and audit reports submitted to the DEA.

Education and Research Updates

2023 Carol Weiss Prize -
Congratulations to Brian W. Gac, Hanna Yakubi & UCSF Professor Dorie Apollonio! Their paper in Evidence & Policy, based upon files in the Opioid Industry Documents Archive, was selected as recipient of the journal's 2023 Carol Weiss Prize recognizing outstanding contributions from early career scholars. The editorial board "appreciated the authors' innovative use of an enormous corpus of documents to explore the (in this case, problematic) intersection of evidence and policy in ways that would not be possible through direct surveys or interviews."

Wednesday, January 31, 2024TOBACCO

JUUL Labs Collection Now Available Online!

We are very happy to announce a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) resulting in an online searchable public depository of roughly 4 million internal documents from the state of North Carolina’s $40 million settlement with electronic cigarette maker JUUL Labs.

The first 280,000 documents are now available online as part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library. UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSF will publish the remaining documents monthly, concluding the project in 2025.

"The online depository was one condition of the agreement between the state of North Carolina and Juul Labs. Stein selected UNC-Chapel Hill to oversee the $1 million project. Carolina’s library in turn partnered with the UCSF Industry Documents Library, which has extensive experience managing the massive number of records involved in the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents and other collections. The Juul Labs documents will be cross-searchable with more than 18 million other documents in the Industry Document Library’s tobacco, opioid, chemical, drug, food, and fossil fuel industry archives, which have supported over 1,100 publications and had a significant impact on tobacco control and other public health policies in the U.S. and around the world."

Please check out UNC at Chapel Hill's announcement for more information about the collaboration and documents.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024OPIOIDS

January 2024 - New OIDA collection - NY Litigation Documents

We have added a new collection, the NY Litigation Documents.

The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm and consist of pleadings and trial exhibits from coordinated litigation for the three cases contained in In re Opioid Litigation: County of Suffolk v. Purdue Pharma LP et al., County of Nassau v. Purdue Pharma LP et al., and State of New York v. Purdue Pharma. The allegations from the combined cases are that manufacturers including Purdue, Teva and Johnson & Johnson; distributors including Amerisource and McKesson; pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens; and individuals including several members of the Sackler family, engaged in deceptive business practices, false advertising, creating a public nuisance, violation of the New York Social Services law, fraud, unjust enrichment, and negligence.

The only defendants that did not settle before trial were Allergan, and Teva and its subsidiaries: Cephalon, Actavis, Anda and Watson Laboratories. On the eve of closing arguments, Allergan settled for $200 million. A verdict was delivered against Teva et al. for creating a public nuisance on December 30, 2021. Teva later settled the claims for $523 million.

The documents consist of emails; distributor agreements between Purdue and Anda, and Purdue and Watson; Suffolk County statistics on overdoses and deaths; marketing plans; sales training materials; compliance and audit reports; correspondence to and from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and scholarly articles, sales data, suspicious order monitoring (SOM) reports, board meeting minutes, standard operating procedure documentation, settlement agreements, and expert reports (Dr. Craig McCann, Rob Lyerla).

New OIDA Research Tools

Navigate to our Insys Litigation Documents collection page to access new guides:
Please let us know if you have any upcoming publications or presentations that use IDL documents—we'd love to share them!

Education & Research Updates

Apply Now - New Post-Doc Fellowship!

We are recruiting another post-doctoral scholar funded through the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) at UCSF to work on research and community engagement for the Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA).

This postdoctoral scholar will be offered research and grant-writing training through the CTCRE’s robust program. The scholar will have the opportunity to develop their own OIDA-relevant research projects and participate in the development and implementation of community engagement activities with local and national groups directly responding to the opioid overdose crisis and currently unfolding opioid settlement activities.
Applications due January 31, 2024.

More information and applications.

Apply Now - New UCSF Library Artist in Residence

The UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections are accepting proposals for the fifth annual UCSF Library Artist in Residence program.

The UCSF Library Artist in Residence award will be given to a candidate with a degree in Studio Arts or a related field and/or a history of exhibiting artistic work in professional venues. The 2024 residency will begin on July 1, 2024 and end on June 30, 2025. Possible projects can include, but are not limited to: painting; photography; performance; sculpture; 3D scanning and 3D printing; programmable electronics; and digital, video, or installation art.

The last few artists have created some thought-provoking exhibits melding archival materials, corporate documents from the UCSF Industry Documents Library, and their specific art forms, to comment on public health risks, social justice issues and storytelling during a pandemic.
Read more about this amazing residency, including our past artists and how to apply