Latest Opioids News

Mexico seizes nearly 500 pounds of fentanyl from Spain

Aug. 12, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican customs authorities said Wednesday they have seized almost 500 pounds (220 kilograms) of a chemical used to make the synthetic opioid fentanyl at a cargo terminal at the Mexico City airport. The six plastic drums of fentanyl precursor came on a flight from Spain, an unusual...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, shoppers enter a Walgreens store in Los Angeles. Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains  CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant Eagle claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, a federal judge in Cleveland, denied the chains' motion to dismiss the complaints in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits

Aug. 7, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue, a federal judge in Cleveland has determined. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster rejected the pharmacy...

Prosecutors: Doctor, wife illegally imported meds from China

Aug. 7, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts psychiatrist and his wife both face charges in connection with a scheme to illegally import medications to treat alcohol and opioid dependence from China and falsify shipping documents to hide the contents of the imported packages, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dr. Rahim...

Man indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Jul. 31, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A man released from a Massachusetts jail after testing positive for the coronavirus has been indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs back inside the facility, authorities said. Eric Jalbert, 31, was indicted by an Essex County grand jury for allegedly attempting to smuggle...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, July 28, 2020, that the OxyContin maker can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Judge: Purdue Pharma must halt some political contributions

Jul. 28, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. The company can keep contributing to some other political groups, according to the...

Mexico seizes 2nd lot of fentanyl in medical capsules

Jul. 27, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl, Mexico said Monday it has seized a second shipment of medicinal fentanyl in glass capsules, suggesting they may have been diverted from a lab, pharmacy or hospital. Mexican cartels have...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Baseball’s Blue Jays in Hartford? Right idea, wrong time. The Hartford Courant July 24 Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin tweeted an enticing thought Wednesday night shortly after Pennsylvania announced it...

18 face charges in Massachusetts drug investigation

Jul. 24, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Eighteen people are facing charges in connection with that federal prosecutors call a wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin, crack, and cocaine trafficking ring, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Boston. Eight of the suspects, all of whom live in Fitchburg or Gardner, were previously...

The new Secretary of Communications and Transport of the government of then President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Javier Jimenez Espriu, talks to residents of San Nicolas Tlaminca as they protest against the construction of Mexico City's new airport near their community, in San Nicolas Tlaminca, México, Oct. 10, 2018. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that he had accepted the resignation of Transportation Secretary Javier Jimenez Espriu after a “dispute” with Jimenez, who thought Mexico’s sea ports should be managed by his agency and not the military as designated by the president. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican transport minister resigns in dispute with president

Jul. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andréz Manuel López Obrador’s decision last week to put management of the country’s customs operations in the hands of the military has claimed one of his Cabinet ministers who opposed the move. López Obrador said Thursday that he had...