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Mom, grandmother charged in baby's overdose death

Dec. 6, 2019 7:24 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore women have been charged in the death of a 9-month-old baby who police say fatally overdosed on fentanyl and heroin. Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43, were arrested Thursday on charges including manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in the...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO

Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said...

Testing, no suspensions for opioids considered likely in MLB

Dec. 4, 2019 4:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the...

Tennessee doctor pleads guilty to overprescribing opioids

Dec. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. News outlets report 64-year-old Dr. Darrel Rinehart pleaded guilty Monday to prescribing drugs without medical necessity. U.S. Attorney Don Cochran says...

Marijuana vaping busts on rise; over 500K seized in 2 years

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two...

Exemptions for ADHD drugs in MLB drop to lowest in decade

Nov. 29, 2019 3:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of major leaguers allowed to use otherwise-banned drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder dropped to the lowest level since the sport started issuing annual reports in 2008. The results come in a report issued Monday by Thomas Martin, the Independent Program...

Medical examiner who traded drugs for sex dies in prison

Nov. 28, 2019 1:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia medical examiner sentenced to eight years in prison for trading drugs for sex has died behind bars. Federal prison records show 74-year-old Dr. Joseph Burton of Milton died Nov. 22 at a federal prison in North Carolina. Burton pleaded guilty in 2018 to conspiracy to...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 24, on Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland’s impeachment inquiry testimony: Perhaps it’s a sign of our strange political times that Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland, a frequent Republican donor and President Donald...

Drugmakers, distributors facing federal opioid probe

Nov. 27, 2019 12:46 PM EST

At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation over whether they violated federal law as they shipped more drugs amid the growing nationwide addiction and overdose crisis. The Wall Street Journal first reported the investigation...