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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 23, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 20, 2022. Editorial: As deadly fentanyl claims more Ohio lives, evidence-based treatment is among the answers Ohio and the nation are confronted with a drug abuse crisis typified by misuse of the powerful deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl....

School bus driver charged with giving fentanyl to students

May. 20, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A bus driver at a private Southern California school was charged Friday with selling fentanyl to special-needs students on campus, including a girl who was treated for an overdose. Melissa Harloam-Garrison, 46, was charged with child endangerment and...

Scott vetoes bills on drug advisory board, criminal records

May. 20, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have created a drug use standards advisory board within the state sentencing commission, saying it “places no limits on which drugs can be contemplated for legalization or the amounts." The board would...

Ex-utility clerk to make restitution for failure to deposit

May. 20, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former utility clerk in West Virginia has been given probation and ordered to pay restitution for funds she failed to deposit in the town's bank account, the state auditor's office said. Sherry Sansom, 51, of Accoville, pleaded guilty to falsifying accounts...

Man sentenced to 8 years for trafficking carfentanil

May. 19, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man convicted last year of trafficking a drug used to tranquilize animals has been sentenced to eight years in prison, a federal prosecutor said. Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Perez, 54, also was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of supervised release for...

Sioux Falls man guilty of selling drugs that led to 2 deaths

May. 16, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 53-year-old South Dakota man has been convicted of distributing a powerful synthetic opioid that resulted in the deaths of two people. A federal jury on Friday found Jeffrey Moore, of Sioux Falls, guilty of two counts of distribution of a controlled...

Vermont law creates panel, fund for opioid settlement

May. 16, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed legislation into law on Monday that creates an advisory committee to make recommendations on how to spend the state's share of settlement money with drug manufacturers and distribution companies over the toll of prescription opioids. ...

Hemp grower in NC looks to medical marijuana’s future

May. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical marijuana becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has gained. Delmer Langley, owner of D.E.L. Hemp Farm, received a license to grow hemp from the...

Escapee from Oregon federal prison arrested in Nevada

May. 14, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 38-year-old fugitive who escaped an Oregon federal prison camp in April has been captured in Nevada, according to U.S. Marshals. Andrew Cain Kristovich had been staying in a tent in Carson City, Nevada, where officials also found a semi-automatic rifle,...

Colorado tops in bank robberies in 2021; some blame fentanyl

May. 14, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few days before Christmas last year, a man and a woman entered a KeyBank at 2nd Avenue and Broadway in Denver donning COVID masks and caps and passed a note to a bank teller: “Hand me all your money and you will not get hurt.” The teller, M.N., who said she was...