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Judge won’t dismiss 25 murder counts against Ohio doctor

Dec. 03, 2021 12:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge Friday refused to dismiss the 25-count murder indictment against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkillers for hospital patients, meaning one of the biggest cases of its kind ever brought against a U.S. health care professional will proceed...

3 arrested in connection with fentanyl-laced marijuana

Dec. 02, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in Brattleboro in connection with marijuana laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl, police said. Last month, Brattleboro police responded to a report of an overdose and revived the patient using CPR and the...

Judge weighs whether to dismiss Ohio doc's 25 murder charges

Dec. 01, 2021 18:16 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge is weighing arguments about whether to dismiss the 25-count murder case against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkillers for hospital patients. William Husel’s lawyers say he was providing comfort care to the dying, not...

Feds: Backyard fentanyl operation could have made 2.5M pills

Nov. 30, 2021 16:48 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In the floorboards below the bathroom sink, $20,000. In the insulation behind a water heater, $100,000. In a hole below the dishwasher, $200,000. And in the drywall behind a toilet paper roll, plastic bottles filled with gold coins. ...

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

Nov. 30, 2021 16:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. ...

Public nuisance laws in opioid cases give hope to both sides

Nov. 24, 2021 09:06 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury's finding this week that three major pharmacy chains are responsible for contributing to the scourge of opioid addiction in two Ohio counties may be just the beginning of a protracted legal battle that ultimately could leave the communities no better off. ...

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in...

Trucker arrested in record-breaking drug seizure at border

Nov. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S., federal prosecutors said. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kilograms) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kilograms) of fentanyl...

Police warn of Fentanyl-laced marijuana after overdose

Nov. 22, 2021 16:40 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police are warning Vermonters of Fentanyl-laced marijuana, which led to an overdose over the weekend. Brattleboro Police said that they received a report of an overdose Saturday and used CPR and several doses of Naloxone to revive the...

Autopsy: 5-year-old boy died of 'violence and neglect'

Nov. 22, 2021 15:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 5-year-old New Hampshire boy who went missing and was found dead in Massachusetts died of “violence and neglect," and his death was a homicide, according to autopsy results released Monday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in...