Latest Opioids News

Correction: Opioid Crisis-Purdue story

Oct. 14, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the judge handling the case. It is Robert Drain, not Roberts Drain. A corrected version of the story is below: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its...

Public forums on substance abuse response plan set in WVa

Oct. 14, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21...

ESPN reports Angels PR employee supplied Skaggs with opioids

Oct. 12, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say they don't know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report Saturday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug...

The Latest: Lawsuits paused against Purdue Pharma, Sacklers

Oct. 11, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

The Latest on the Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A judge has agreed to pause lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and the OxyContin maker's owners until next month with the intention of stopping suits longer so a settlement can be worked out to nearly 2,600 suits against the company. U.S....

States' position on the tentative opioid deal with Purdue

Oct. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

State attorneys general have been divided nearly evenly over whether to accept a tentative deal to settle lawsuits against Purdue Pharma related to the nation's opioid crisis. States that oppose the tentative settlement, which could be worth as much as $12 billion over time, wanted to continue their lawsuits...

North Carolina man indicted for drug overdose death in 2017

Oct. 11, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted a man in connection with a drug overdose death in 2017. Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas and Sheriff Chip Hughes tell news sources that 42-year-old James Bradley of Asheville was indicted for second-degree murder caused by...

Police arrest at least 25 people on drug-related charges

Oct. 11, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire and Vermont have arrested at least 25 people in connection with the distribution of various drugs, such as fentanyl, methamphetamine and bath salts. The effort, called "Operation Western Alliance," was to investigate people in New Hampshire distributing...

St. Louis woman whose baby died of drug exposure sentenced

Oct. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis woman whose 8-month-old died last year from fentanyl and morphine exposure has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Samantha Poppleton was sentenced Thursday for a reduced count of child endangerment in the May 2018 death...

Suspect in rapper Mac Miller's drug death pleads not guilty

Oct. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with selling rapper Mac Miller the drugs that killed him last year pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles. Cameron Pettit stood alongside his attorney and spoke only to answer a judge's questions as he entered the plea. Prosecutor allege that Pettit,...

Woman pleads not guilty in NYC fentanyl overdose death

Oct. 10, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman already charged in a fatal fentanyl-related overdose in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday to new charges she was involved in a second death. Angelina Barini entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan, where she's charged with supplying fentanyl and other drugs that...