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Guatemalan accused of importing fentanyl precursors for Mexican cartel arrested

Feb. 19, 2024 12:38 PM EST

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities have detained a Guatemalan man wanted by the United States for allegedly participating in the importation of precursor chemicals used by the Sinaloa cartel to make fentanyl, officials said Monday. Immigration authorities stopped Jason...

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

Feb. 16, 2024 13:25 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone. Jefferson, a tribal member...

More people die after smoking drugs than injecting them, US study finds

Feb. 15, 2024 16:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking has surpassed injecting as the most common way of taking drugs in U.S. overdose deaths, a new government study suggests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called its study published Thursday the largest to look at how Americans took the drugs...

Kentucky attorney general files lawsuit alleging Kroger pharmacies contributed to the opioid crisis

Feb. 12, 2024 18:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman filed a lawsuit Monday against one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, claiming its pharmacies helped fuel the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis. The lawsuit against the Kroger Co. says its more than 100...

Mexico says it seized over 40 tons of meth from a drug lab in Sonora state

Feb. 12, 2024 18:03 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican law enforcement agencies said Monday they seized over 40 tons of methamphetamine at the biggest drug lab found during the current administration. The Mexican navy said Monday that the lab was located in Quiriego, a township in a remote part of the...

DEA reverses decision stripping drug distributor of licenses for fueling opioid crisis

Feb. 07, 2024 14:54 PM EST

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is allowing one of the nation’s largest wholesale drug distributors to stay in business, reversing an earlier order stripping the company of its licenses for its failure to properly monitor the shipment of tens of millions of addictive painkillers blamed...

Virginia doctor who prescribed more than 500k doses of opioids granted new trial

Feb. 05, 2024 18:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia doctor who was sentenced to 40 years in prison after prescribing more than half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years has been granted a new trial by a federal appeals court that found the instructions given to jurors at his trial misstated the...

Bills go to Noem to criminalize AI-generated child sexual abuse images, xylazine in South Dakota

Feb. 05, 2024 18:06 PM EST

South Dakota is poised to update its laws against child sexual abuse images to include those created by artificial intelligence, under a bill headed to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem. The bill, which is a combined effort by Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley and lawmakers, also...

OxyContin marketer, opioid maker announce settlements totaling $500 million

Feb. 01, 2024 17:15 PM EST

An advertising agency that helped develop marketing campaigns for OxyContin and other prescription painkillers and a drugmaker announced separate agreements Thursday worth a total of $500 million to avoid going to trial on claims that they bore some responsibility for the nation's opioid crisis. ...

People on parole in Pennsylvania can continue medication for opioid withdrawal under settlement

Feb. 01, 2024 16:54 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State courts in Pennsylvania must allow people on probation to continue to take medication for opioid withdrawal as part of a Justice Department settlement announced Thursday. Several plaintiffs had complained they were banned from taking the mediations. One...