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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...

Former city employee sentenced to prison on drug charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who sold drugs while he was employed by the city of Boston has been sentenced to eight months in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In addition to the prison sentence, Gary Webster, 36, was sentenced to two years of probation, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said in a...

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. ...

DA says Long Island lawmaker tried to trade drugs for sex

Oct. 21, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island lawmaker who is also a doctor has been arrested on drug charges after he tried to trade pills for sex, authorities said. Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer was arrested Tuesday on charges of third-degree sale of a controlled substance and third-degree...

Maine's opioid crisis continues to worsen amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's drug overdose crisis has worsened during the pandemic, largely because of the opioid epidemic, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. A report compiled by Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center showed that drugs caused 132 deaths in...

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.

Health officials warn of increase in fentanyl overdoses

Oct. 21, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

Seattle (AP) — With just two months left in the year, King County is seeing a record-breaking number of fentanyl overdoses. KOMO-TV reports new numbers from King County Public Health said there were 116 fentanyl overdoses in 2019. As of this October 2020, there’s been 135 fentanyl overdoses,...

On West 12th Street across from the Erie International Airport, Steven Lantz-Gordon, 24, at left, of Harborcreek Township, waves a flag in support of President Donald Trump near David Oberg, 60, at right, of Grand Valley, who raises a flag in support of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during a rally held by Trump, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Erie International Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Millcreek Township, Pa. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Election 2020 Today: Election strategies, ballot issues

Oct. 21, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020, 13 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in North Carolina; Democrat Joe Biden preps for debate in Delaware; Vice...

Today in History

Oct. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, the 295th day of 2020. There are 71 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. On this date: In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution,...

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...