Latest Opioids News

Imprisoned pharmacist loses appeal in oxycodone case

Dec. 6, 2019 2:42 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey pharmacist whose comments to police about being extorted later helped lead to his conviction for illegally distributing oxycodone has lost a court appeal. Michael Ludwikowski claimed he made the comments involuntarily in 2013 when he sought the help of police...

Ohio considering fund to protect opioid settlement money

Dec. 6, 2019 2:34 PM EST

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office is floating the idea of changing the state constitution to create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem. A memo this week from a deputy to Republican Attorney General...

Mom, grandmother charged in baby's overdose death

Dec. 6, 2019 7:24 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore women have been charged in the death of a 9-month-old baby who police say fatally overdosed on fentanyl and heroin. Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43, were arrested Thursday on charges including manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in the...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Man charged in death of young child who ingested fentanyl

Dec. 5, 2019 10:44 AM EST

A 27-year-old Detroit man was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a young child that somehow ingested fentanyl. Damonte Rice was arraigned Wednesday in Port Huron on involuntary manslaughter, maintaining a drug house and other charges, The Times Herald reported. He was jailed with a...

Officials: Doctor illegally prescribed nearly 1.4M opioid doses

Dec. 5, 2019 10:13 AM EST

A former New Jersey physician has been charged with illegally prescribing nearly 1.4 million opioid doses in three years. Burlington County prosecutors say Morris “Moishe” Starkman faces eight counts of distributing drugs, four counts of health-care claims fraud and two counts of insurance fraud....

2 charged after Bellingham teen's overdose death

Dec. 4, 2019 8:21 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal investigators say a 17-year-old Bellingham boy knew that counterfeit painkillers he bought from a drug dealer last month were likely tainted with fentanyl, so he rationed them — using only small parts of a pill at a time to avoid overdosing. He died anyway, and now two Mount...

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO

Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said...

Testing, no suspensions for opioids considered likely in MLB

Dec. 4, 2019 4:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the...

Prosecutors: Man sentenced on felony drug, firearms charges

Dec. 4, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug and firearms charges, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Peter Neronha said Shakeil Torres, 24, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty in Providence County Superior Court to...