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Nevada plans to use 3 or 4 drugs for late-July execution

Jun. 10, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada prison officials on Thursday disclosed that they want to use a never-before-tried combination of drugs for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, the sedative ketamine and a heart-stopping salt, potassium chloride. ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

Jun. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called two state...

Missoula police investigating fentanyl overdoses, 1 death

Jun. 08, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Missoula Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies issued a warning Tuesday saying there are pills being sold on the street that appear similar to prescription oxycodone, but that actually contain fentanyl and are leading to overdoses, including...

Missouri to become final state to adopt medication database

Jun. 07, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill Monday to make Missouri the final state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring database aimed at flagging possible opioid misuse. Missouri for years has been the only state without such a program...

AP Interview: State AG pushes accountability in opioid cases

Jun. 07, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been a leader in the legal push to hold companies and individuals accountable for the U.S. opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, which has been linked to nearly 500,000 deaths over the last two decades. Healey was the...

Fentanyl overdoses on the rise in New Mexico

Jun. 06, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Little blue pills are becoming more prevalent across New Mexico, but, while seemingly harmless, they pack a deadly punch. These blue pills interlope as prescription pills, but they’re anything but doctor-approved. Fentanyl is...

Arizona authorities make huge fentanyl haul in traffic stop

Jun. 04, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

CORDES JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say the routine traffic stop of a truck weaving in and out of freeway traffic on the freeway led to the seizure of enough fentanyl powder to manufacture up to 10 million potentially deadly pills. The Yavapai County...

Vermont decriminalizes possession of opioid addiction drug

Jun. 04, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law decriminalizing possession of the opioid use disorder treatment drug buprenorphine. The measure decriminalizes possession of up to 224 milligrams of the drug by people without a prescription, WPTZ-TV...

Indictment links gang to dozens of Baltimore shootings

Jun. 03, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 15 alleged members and associates of a Baltimore gang in connection with 18 killings, 27 attempted killings, witness intimidation and running street-level drug distribution “shops.” The racketeering...

Kentucky AG sues CVS Health over state's opioid problems

Jun. 02, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general on Wednesday sued CVS Health, accusing its pharmacy chain of flooding the state with prescription opioids that contributed to the state's addiction woes. Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed the lawsuit in Franklin...