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The Supreme Court wrestles with OxyContin maker's bankruptcy deal, with billions of dollars at stake

Dec. 04, 2023 18:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids. The justices seemed by turns reluctant to break...

Janet Yellen is heading to Mexico after Treasury launches a new fentanyl trafficking strike force

Dec. 04, 2023 15:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is heading to Mexico this week to promote her agency's new strike force to help combat illicit fentanyl trafficking as the U.S. and China step up efforts to stop the movement of the powerful opioid and drug-making materials into the United States....

Mexico's arrest of cartel security boss who attacked army families' complex was likely personal

Nov. 24, 2023 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government thanked Mexico for arresting a hyper violent alleged Sinaloa cartel security chief, but according to details released Friday, the detention may have been highly personal for the Mexican army. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval said...

OxyContin maker's settlement plan divides victims of opioid crisis. Now it's up to the Supreme Court

Nov. 23, 2023 14:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The agreement by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits over the harm done by opioids could help combat the overdose epidemic that the painkiller helped spark. But that does not mean all the victims are satisfied. In exchange for giving up...

Mexico arrests alleged security chief for the 'Chapitos' wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel

Nov. 22, 2023 19:16 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Guard officers on Wednesday arrested the hyper violent, alleged security chief for the “Chapitos” wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel. The Public Safety Department’s arrest registry says Nestor Isidro Pérez Salas was detained around 1:30...

Oregon's first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law faces growing pushback amid fentanyl crisis

Nov. 19, 2023 00:17 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's first-in-the-nation law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs in favor of an emphasis on addiction treatment is facing strong headwinds in the progressive state after an explosion of public drug use fueled by...

Officials stock up on overdose antidote naloxone after fentanyl-laced letters disrupt vote counting

Nov. 18, 2023 12:50 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The suspicious letters sent to vote centers and government buildings in six states this month were undeniably scary, some containing traces of fentanyl or white powder, accompanied by not-so-veiled threats and dubious political symbols. Harkening back to the anthrax...

Biden and López Obrador have talked fentanyl and US-Mexico migration. They pledged solidarity

Nov. 17, 2023 16:18 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged Friday to work side-by-side to confront illicit fentanyl trafficking into the U.S. and to manage the growing number of migrants traveling north to the border between their nation. ...

China's agreement expected to slow flow of fentanyl into US, but not solve overdose epidemic

Nov. 16, 2023 23:27 PM EST

Experts say new steps China has agreed to will eventually reduce the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl into the U.S., but that alone will not stem the overdose crisis killing Americans at a record rate. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at a meeting...

US official says Biden and Xi have reached agreements to curb illicit fentanyl production, reopen military ties

Nov. 15, 2023 19:12 PM EST
WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — US official says Biden and Xi have reached agreements to curb illicit fentanyl production, reopen military ties.