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Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut reach record-high

Feb. 14, 2020 11:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials announced drug overdose deaths in the state increased by nearly 20% last year. Exactly 1,200 people died of some sort of drug overdose in 2019, an increase mostly attributed to the continued rise in fentanyl use, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. ...

Jury in Tennessee convicts 4 for operating 'pill mills'

Feb. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four people have been convicted in a Tennessee federal court of illegally distributing more than 11 million prescription opioid pills from four clinics, federal prosecutors said Friday. After a three-month trial, a jury in Knoxville convicted Sylvia Hofstetter, 55, of racketeering...

Man gets prison for selling fatal drugs to billionaire's son

Feb. 14, 2020 10:33 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for selling cocaine laced with heroin and fentanyl to a Greek billionaire's son who was found dead in a Cleveland hotel room. Terry Lee Christian, 36, pleaded guilty in October to charges related to selling the drugs that killed...

Health system: Costs of doc's murder defense aren't covered

Feb. 14, 2020 1:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan-based health system and its insurer aren't responsible for the costs of an Ohio doctor's defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, the businesses' lawyers argued in court filings this week. Officials in the Columbus, Ohio-area Mount Carmel...

Man sentenced for dealing fatal fentanyl dose to teen

Feb. 13, 2020 10:31 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison Thursday for dealing a fatal fentanyl dose to a 16-year-old. Circuit Court Judge Donna Schaeffer sentenced Jason Patton Baker to 20 years with five years suspended and two years credited, The Capital Gazette reported....

Police: 3 students hospitalized after eating laced brownies

Feb. 13, 2020 5:49 PM EST

DOTAHN, Ala. (AP) — Three Alabama high school students were hospitalized after eating brownies laced with a narcotic, authorities said. Dothan police said several Dothan High School students distributed a batch of narcotic-laced brownies to their classmates Wednesday, news outlets reported. Dothan police...

No cause of death for man whose remains were found in Tucson

Feb. 12, 2020 6:36 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has released a heavily-redacted autopsy report on an Oklahoma man whose remains were found in the Catalina Mountains in December. It doesn’t list the cause of death of 66-year-old Steven Mark Brashear, but the forensic toxicology...

Concerns raised amid 3 overdose deaths in Washington state

Feb. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three people have died in Washington state from separate fentanyl-related overdoses on the same day, health officials said. Kraz Lee Adrian, 26, was one of three people who was found dead Thursday, KOMO-TV reports. Kraz thought was he taking a Percocet pill he bought on the street for his...

Opioid overdose deaths down 5% from state's peak in 2016

Feb. 12, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials said Wednesday the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 5% from its 2016 peak. The decline comes despite the growing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a driver of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to the...

Wichita police investigate four overdoses last weekend

Feb. 11, 2020 12:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are investigating whether four overdose cases from last weekend involved Oxycodone pills that might have been embedded with fentanyl. A 19-year-old man died and a 16-year-old boy fell unconscious after taking the pills, police said. The teenager was revived and taken to...