Latest Opioids News

Ohio no longer considering opioid settlement protection fund

Dec. 11, 2019 3:43 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has decided not to move forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem. House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Emilia Sykes...

Howard County opens facility to help with substance abuse

Dec. 11, 2019 4:34 AM EST

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A facility to help people suffering from substance abuse has opened in Maryland's Howard County. County Executive Calvin Ball joined members of Grassroots Crisis Intervention to open the facility on Tuesday. It's an important part of the county's opioid intervention strategy to...

Johnson & Johnson appeals Oklahoma judge's opioid ruling

Dec. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson have appealed an Oklahoma judge's order for the company to pay $465 million to address the state's opioid crisis. The company argues in an appeal filed Monday that the judge misapplied the state's public nuisance laws in reaching his decision. The...

Authorities say 23 people to be charged for drug dealing

Dec. 10, 2019 9:43 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An investigation in Providence, Rhode Island, has identified 23 people who will be charged with dealing drugs to undercover officers. Undercover officers focused the investigation around Kennedy Plaza, an area where open-air drug dealing is common, according to Providence Police...

California doctor pleads not guilty to illegal prescriptions

Dec. 9, 2019 9:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California physician pleaded not guilty Monday to prescribing powerful painkillers and sedatives without a legitimate medical reason. Dr. Edmund Kemprud entered the plea to a 14-count federal grand jury indictment, the U.S. attorney's office announ ced. Kemprud, who...

Opioid overdose deaths in New York state fall almost 16%

Dec. 9, 2019 6:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opioid overdose deaths have declined for the first time in a decade among New Yorkers outside of New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The Democrat said preliminary figures from the state Department of Health show opioid fatalities dropped 15.9%—from 2,170 in 2017 to...

US Supreme Court rejects Arizona opioid case

Dec. 9, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Arizona's attorney general to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of the company. The justices rejected the request without comment. Arizona Attorney General...

Rapper treated for opioids during police search of plane

Dec. 9, 2019 6:04 PM EST

Chicago (AP) — A federal agent who was at a Chicago airport to search a private plane that rapper Juice WRLD and his entourage had arrived in administered the opioid antidote Narcan to the performer, who briefly woke up incoherent but later died, authorities said Monday. The plane carrying the 21-year-old...

Correction: Opioids-Sacklers-Tufts story

Dec. 9, 2019 2:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In a story December 5, 2019, about Tufts University's decision to cut ties with the Sackler family, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Tufts, erroneously reported that Richard Sackler is a current board member of Purdue Pharma. Richard Sackler left the board in July...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...