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Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Counties: Drug companies shipped suspicious opioid orders

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn't abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal filing Friday....

The Latest: Drugmaker: Email does not reflect company stance

Jul. 19, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on filings in a case in which local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for a nationwide opioid crisis (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren't needed is...

Tennessee must mediate with prisoners over hepatitis C drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Tennessee to mediate with a group of prisoners who are demanding treatment for their hepatitis C infections. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw came after a four-day trial that included emotional testimony from a...

Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US

Jul. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more than bystanders...

The Latest: Millen recovers from heart transplant surgery

Jul. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest from Big Ten football media days (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Matt Millen will be back in a broadcast booth when the coming college football season begins, new heart and all. The former Penn State star who played on four-time Super Bowl championship teams says heart transplant...

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

Jul. 19, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. "It was ultimately not clear we could get him back there" after such a big operation, said Dr....

Buried in opioids, sickened community eyes drugmakers' role

Jul. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to...

UNLV: Rebels assistant Cotton waiting for heart transplant

Jul. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV offensive coordinator Barney Cotton is awaiting a heart transplant and will not coach on the field this season. Rebels coach Tony Sanchez said Thursday in a news release from the school that the 62-year-old Cotton is in Omaha, Nebraska, and on a waiting list to receive a heart. Cotton...

Drug company, 4 people indicted in US painkiller probe

Jul. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A wholesale drug distributor linked to the flood of opioids into Appalachia and two of its former executives were charged with conspiring to illegally distribute millions of painkiller pills, federal authorities said Thursday. The former executives of Ohio-based Miami-Luken — the...