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New York pursuing Sacklers' financial records in opioid case

Aug. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where money from opioid sales ended up. The state attorney general's office began issuing subpoenas this week as part of...

Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says

Aug. 15, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a multimillion-dollar online opioid drug ring said Thursday the operation started small, when he needed cash for student loans so he let his roommate sell his prescription Adderall. Drew Crandall, 33, said the dark-web operation run...

OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data

Aug. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to proprietary research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them find causes and treatments for drug addiction. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma announced the agreement...

California alleges doctor killed 4 patients with opioids

Aug. 14, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general said Wednesday that he is charging a Northern California doctor with killing four patients by overprescribing opioids and narcotics, crimes he linked to the nationwide opioid epidemic. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed multiple criminal charges...

Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say amounted to a tiny portion of the opioids shipped all over the U.S. as part of a multi-million dollar operation...

The Latest: Trial opens for Utah man in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Utah man accused of running an opioid ring (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Lawyers for a man accused of running a multi-million-dollar opioid ring out of his suburban Salt Lake City basement say he was involved in drugs but wasn't capable of running such a...

Autopsy: Man overdosed on drugs at Bonnaroo music festival

Aug. 10, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that the 26-year-old man who died at the Bonnaroo music festival overdosed on drugs, including fentanyl. According to local news reports, a toxicology report found Ryan Dunleavy also had ecstasy and clozapine in his system when he died. Dunleavy was...

Librarians facing new tasks say crisis isn't in the catalog

Aug. 9, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jackie Narkiewicz switched careers and became a librarian, she thought she'd spend her workdays "drinking hot beverages and discussing literature with people." But during her 16 years as a librarian on New York's Long Island, Narkiewicz has also faced a man threatening to kill her and...

Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment

Aug. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — As western Massachusetts struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses, officials are embracing a controversial solution: sending men who have not committed any crimes to jails and prisons for court-ordered addiction treatment. Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi has...

The Latest: 32 busted in drug operation in San Francisco

Aug. 7, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a federal crackdown on drugs in San Francisco (all times local): 12 p.m. Federal prosecutors say they've charged 32 people who sold drugs in a notorious San Francisco neighborhood as part of an international operation. Chris Nielsen, special agent in charge of the Drug...