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Florida robbery suspects leave trail of empty pill bottles

Feb. 20, 2020 11:23 AM EST

A trail of pill bottles stolen from a Florida drug store led detectives to a home where they found two men matching descriptions of the robbers seen on surveillance video, sheriff's officials said. The men and another accomplice robbed a CVS in Clearwater about 5 a.m. on New Year's Day, waving guns at employees...

Mom of man slain in home robbery arrested on drug charges

Feb. 19, 2020 7:51 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Awoman whose son was fatally shot during a home invasion has been arrested after officers found more than $1 million worth ofdrugsin theGeorgiahome. Autumn Lynn Tillery, 37, was arrested Monday on multiple felony drug possession and intent to sell charges, news outlets reported. ...

30 people indicted for drug trafficking in Colorado

Feb. 19, 2020 7:33 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Thirty people from two different suspected drug rings have been indicted for drug trafficking in Colorado, including a woman accused of being the leader of a Mexican ring based in Denver that allegedly sold fetanyl disguised as prescription opioid pills, federal officials announced Wednesday....

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

Feb. 19, 2020 1:27 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco settlement. The so-called “One Ohio”...

Woman accused of giving heroin to woman who overdosed, died

Feb. 19, 2020 12:53 PM EST

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman is accused of providing heroin to a woman who later overdosed and died. Gabriel Kittell, 31, of Barre, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported. Nyna Lemieux, 30, was found face...

Man gets 20 years for selling drugs in fatal overdose

Feb. 19, 2020 4:59 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for selling drugs that led to a fatal overdose. U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton Jr. sentenced Jonathan Bohn, 35, in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He was convicted in December of distributing a controlled...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Spike in drug deaths must be reversed Akron Beacon Journal Feb. 15 Together, they would have filled about eight classrooms. All 198 had mothers, fathers, loved ones and people who cared about them. Yet, they all died in 2019 from...

Correction: Arkansas Doctor Arrested story

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a story Oct. 8, 2019 about the arrest of an Arkansas doctor charged with overprescribing opiates, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Lonnie Joseph Parker's medical license was reinstated in 2015. It was reinstated in 2005. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut reach record-high

Feb. 14, 2020 11:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials announced drug overdose deaths in the state increased by nearly 20% last year. Exactly 1,200 people died of some sort of drug overdose in 2019, an increase mostly attributed to the continued rise in fentanyl use, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. ...

Jury in Tennessee convicts 4 for operating 'pill mills'

Feb. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four people have been convicted in a Tennessee federal court of illegally distributing more than 11 million prescription opioid pills from four clinics, federal prosecutors said Friday. After a three-month trial, a jury in Knoxville convicted Sylvia Hofstetter, 55, of racketeering...