Jackie Fortier

StateImpact Oklahoma

Jackie Fortier joined StateImpact Oklahoma in November 2017, reporting on a variety of topics and heading up its health reporting initiative. She has many journalism awards to her name during her years of multi-media reporting in Colorado, and was part of a team recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in breaking news reporting in 2013.

She is a former young professional fellow of the Journalism and Women's Symposium, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Reporters without Borders, and a lifetime member of Kappa Tau Alpha, awarded for her thesis on disability and technology in news reporting.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Colorado State University and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats.

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A global megacorporation best known for Band-Aids and baby powder may have to pay billions for its alleged role in the opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson was the sole defendant in a closely-watched trial that wrapped up in Oklahoma state court this week, with a decision expected later this summer. The ruling in the civil case could be the first that would hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.

Chris Landsberger / The Oklahoman

After a seven-week trial, a judge in Oklahoma is now considering whether Johnson & Johnson should be held responsible for the state's opioid epidemic.

The lawsuit, which is the first of its kind to play out in court, alleges Johnson & Johnson helped ignite the opioid crisis with aggressive marketing, leading to thousands of overdose deaths. The state is asking for more than $17 billion.

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Today the state of Oklahoma laid out its closing argument for holding a pharmaceutical company responsible for the national opioid epidemic.


Chris Landsberger / The Oklahoman

The federal government is seeking its slice of Oklahoma’s recent $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and the bill could be millions of dollars.

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

The first case in a flood of civil litigation against opioid drug manufacturers is in its third week in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s suit alleges Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest drugmaker, helped ignite a public health crisis that has killed thousands of state residents.

Kyle Phillips / The Norman Transcript

The first civil trial seeking to hold a pharmaceutical company accountable for the opioid crisis has finished its first week in Oklahoma.

Kyle Phillips / The Norman Transcript

A corporate representative for Johnson & Johnson took the stand in Oklahoma Thursday, in a lawsuit over the company's alleged role in the opioid crisis.

Sue Ogrocki / AP

The second day of the Oklahoma opioid trial saw emotional testimony from a parent who lost his son to an overdose. The state is seeking billions of dollars from opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay for the public health crisis.

Sue Ogrocki / AP

The first major trial against an opioid manufacturer began Tuesday in Oklahoma. The state is suing Johnson & Johnson for money to help treat addiction, arguing the epidemic became a public nuisance.

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Tuesday, the first trial of an opioid manufacturer is scheduled to begin in Norman, Okla. Johnson & Johnson is accused of selling highly addictive drugs using deceptive marketing practices.

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