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Overdoses up as people in recovery struggle during pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When the state of Georgia shut down as part of its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gainesville’s recovery community was the busiest it has ever been. Just two miles from the Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Recovery Center on Juanita Avenue, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and its...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, shoppers enter a Walgreens store in Los Angeles. Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains  CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant Eagle claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, a federal judge in Cleveland, denied the chains' motion to dismiss the complaints in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits

Aug. 7, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue, a federal judge in Cleveland has determined. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster rejected the pharmacy...

California doctor accused in opioid trafficking ring

Aug. 6, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California doctor is one of 10 people charged with selling opioid prescriptions for cash through medical clinics that authorities labeled as shams, federal prosecutors said. Federal grand jury indictments accuse Dr. John Michael Korzelius and others working under his guidance...

Inmate at Arizona prison in Winslow dies; suicide suspected

Aug. 5, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Winslow died Wednesday from an apparent suicide, Arizona Department of Corrections officials said. Corrections officials said 23-year-old Patrick Pruitt was found unresponsive Wednesday morning in the prison’s shower area and had apparently...

Guilty plea to selling fentanyl at fast-food restaurant

Aug. 5, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl following a transaction at a fast-food restaurant bathroom, police said. According to court documents, Michael Briand, 29, of Bow, and an accomplice sold the drug to a person cooperating with police in August 2019. The deal...

17 arrested in California on drug trafficking charges

Aug. 5, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Seventeen members of an alleged local drug trafficking organization were arrested and accused of importing methamphetamine from Mexico and distributing it in southern California, authorities said. Ventura County sheriff’s deputies seized 192 pounds (87 kilograms) of...

Bad decision cost couple 15 years in prison, then mercy came

Aug. 1, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A moment after the pain pills and money changed hands, Dennis Green and his fiancee, Nicole Reliford, learned what a mistake they had just made. “They came from everywhere,” Green Sr. said. “It felt like police were coming from parked cars, from the...

Man indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Jul. 31, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A man released from a Massachusetts jail after testing positive for the coronavirus has been indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs back inside the facility, authorities said. Eric Jalbert, 31, was indicted by an Essex County grand jury for allegedly attempting to smuggle...

Man pleads guilty to driving pounds of drugs through Kansas

Jul. 31, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to transporting 9 pounds of fentanyl and 8 pounds of heroin across Kansas on his way to delivering the drugs in New York. Mauricio Canas, of Bermuda Dunes, California, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Wichita to interstate transportation...