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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by the mothers’ opioid use. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy

Oct. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. The number of affected women and infants has increased in recent years but they often don’t get effective treatment, and the...

Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital

Oct. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday. The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material...

FILE - This combination of June 3, 2020, file photos, provided by the Hennepin County, Minn.m, Sheriff's Office, shows, from left, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. A Minnesota judge on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains. The judge also denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against the three other former officers, Lane, Kueng and Thao. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

Oct. 22, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, saying there was not enough probable cause for that count to proceed to trial. The more serious second-degree murder charge...

NYU to remove Sackler name following Purdue Pharma deal

Oct. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York University's Langone Medical Center will strip the Sackler name from its biomedical institute following the Justice Department's announcement that Purdue Pharma, the company founded by the Sackler family, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges over the company's role in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Jeanne Moser, center, of East Kingston, N.H., watches as President Donald Trump reaches out to touch a photo of her son, Adam Moser, during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Adam was 27 when he died from an apparent fentanyl overdose. The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

Oct. 21, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan's lifeless body after...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal

Oct. 21, 2020 9:48 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal.
FILE - This June 5, 2019 file photo, provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, shows former critical care doctor William Husel. Lawyers for the fired hospital doctor, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 patient deaths, have accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked that the court dismiss the indictment handed down by a grand jury. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths

Oct. 20, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, Fie)

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job. He started staying home alone in his apartment near Georgetown, Kentucky...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020, photo Acting Drug Enforcement Administrator Timothy Shea, right, visits with DEA agents at a checkpoint in Washington. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime. The initiative, nicknamed Project Safeguard, comes as President Donald Trump has touted similar operations as a much-needed answer to a spike in crime. It's also to showcase what he says is his law-and-order prowess, claiming he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats. Acting DEA Administrator Tim Shea tells the AP that since the operation launched in August, 1,521 people have been arrested in both state and federal cases in cities across the U.S. and 2,135 firearms have been seized.   (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

AP Exclusive: 1,500 arrests in DEA violent crime initiative

Oct. 20, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,500 people have been arrested on state and federal criminal charges in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime, the agency’s acting administrator told The Associated Press. Since the operation launched in...