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1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

Oct. 21, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who...

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

Oct. 20, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the national opioid crisis. The committee of unsecured creditors...

Arrest after huge fentanyl seizure in Southern California

Oct. 20, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of fentanyl have been seized in Orange County — enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal doses. The Orange County Register reports the seizure last week yielded almost half the amount of fentanyl...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Some tragedies easily averted Republican-American Oct. 16 Monday, a year-old girl in Tampa, Fla., became the 48th child to die this year in the United States as a result of being left in a hot car. While the public clamors for protection from lesser dangers,...

Pharmacists cited over drug doses tied to deaths at hospital

Oct. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is pursuing disciplinary action against three pharmacists and their former hospital over excessive painkillers ordered for patients by an intensive care doctor now charged with 25 counts of murder. The pharmacists and Mount Carmel Health System can request...

Inmate's death at St. Louis jail blamed on fentanyl overdose

Oct. 18, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Medical Examiner's Office says an inmate who died in August at a jail known as the City Workhouse suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a guard found 35-year-old Christopher Wayne Brown unresponsive in his cell while making rounds....

Police: Supply of oxycodone to reservation intercepted

Oct. 18, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers say they've intercepted a supply of oxycodone headed for the Berthold Indian Reservation. Police arrested two men Wednesday in Bismarck during a traffic stop said they had more than 200 oxycodone pills in their possession. Authorities say each pill can sell...

Autopsy shows judge died of fentanyl, heroin overdose

Oct. 17, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report shows a North Carolina judge died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose. The News & Record of Greensboro reports District Court Judge Tom Jarrell was found unresponsive on the bedroom floor of his home in High Point on Aug. 3. The report from the N.C. Office of the...

Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on

Oct. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury was seated Thursday for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, but the push to settle the case before opening arguments next week continued, with company officials expected to gather for further talks. U.S District Judge Dan Polster had ordered executives for the companies...

Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...