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Feds: Backyard fentanyl operation could have made 2.5M pills

Nov. 30, 2021 16:48 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In the floorboards below the bathroom sink, $20,000. In the insulation behind a water heater, $100,000. In a hole below the dishwasher, $200,000. And in the drywall behind a toilet paper roll, plastic bottles filled with gold coins. ...

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

Nov. 30, 2021 16:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. ...

Public nuisance laws in opioid cases give hope to both sides

Nov. 24, 2021 09:06 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury's finding this week that three major pharmacy chains are responsible for contributing to the scourge of opioid addiction in two Ohio counties may be just the beginning of a protracted legal battle that ultimately could leave the communities no better off. ...

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in...

Trucker arrested in record-breaking drug seizure at border

Nov. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S., federal prosecutors said. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kilograms) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kilograms) of fentanyl...

Police warn of Fentanyl-laced marijuana after overdose

Nov. 22, 2021 16:40 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police are warning Vermonters of Fentanyl-laced marijuana, which led to an overdose over the weekend. Brattleboro Police said that they received a report of an overdose Saturday and used CPR and several doses of Naloxone to revive the...

Autopsy: 5-year-old boy died of 'violence and neglect'

Nov. 22, 2021 15:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 5-year-old New Hampshire boy who went missing and was found dead in Massachusetts died of “violence and neglect," and his death was a homicide, according to autopsy results released Monday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in...

Rhode Island man gets 14 years on weapons, drug charges

Nov. 22, 2021 14:00 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man found to be in possession of drugs and two guns that he was barred from possessing because of a previous conviction for a violent crime has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison, prosecutors said Monday. Francisco Vega,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EST

Akon Beacon Journal. Nov. 19, 2021. Editorial: Reckless and misguided. Hudson’s Roegner joins Shubert’s unnecessary rhetoric on schools If conservative causes are as righteous as so many believe, why do some proponents increasingly distort facts,...

Death charges rare for skyrocketing fatal fentanyl overdoses

Nov. 21, 2021 10:22 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died...