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Trial delayed for Ohio doctor charged in deaths at hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The murder trial of an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients will be delayed due to coronavirus concerns. Dr. William S. Husel, 44, is accused of killing 25 intensive-care patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System from...

Convicted murder now charged in fatal drug overdose

Mar. 28, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A convicted murderer is facing new charges in federal court in an investigation that began with a fatal drug overdose. T he St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that 48-year-old Markquis “Two” Bryant was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled...

Int his Thursday, March 19, 2020 photo, a man smokes waterpipe at Tahrir square, Baghdad, Iraq. As the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: no more coffee shops where men gather to play cards and backgammon. And most importantly, no more smoking of the beloved shisha, or waterpipe, in public places. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt halt

Mar. 28, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad. He put up the placard to satisfy recent government restrictions on movement and gatherings that are aimed...

Maine hopes new mobile app reduces opioid overdose deaths

Mar. 26, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government and the University of Maine said Thursday a new mobile phone app can help reduce deaths from opioid overdoses. The Maine Office of Behavioral Health and the university said they've released the free app, which contains naloxone administration instructions. The...

A woman walks past a methadone treatment center in Estonia's capital Tallinn on Friday, June 28, 2019. The tiny Baltic state has battled nearly two decades a fentanyl epidemic so severe its overdose death rate was almost six times the European average. Although police won the war on fentanyl the market shifted further towards synthetic drugs. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Estonia won its war on fentanyl, then things got worse

Mar. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Igor Smirnov was introduced to opiates the day his first son was born, when he got celebratory drunk and a neighbor injected him with an intoxicating extract of opium poppies. “I’ve never tried anything better in my life,” he said. “It’s natural,...

Man goes to prison for giving fentanyl to man who overdosed

Mar. 25, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man was sentenced to at least five years in prison in New Hampshire for giving fentanyl to another man who took the drug and suffered a fatal overdose. Justin Stripp, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge in Carroll County in connection to the death of Lucas Shackford, 23. ...

Georgia pharmacy gets $2M in fines for illegal prescriptions

Mar. 25, 2020 4:36 AM EDT

HAZELHURST, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia pharmacy that gave out 350,000 illegal prescriptions from a doctor running a pill mill agreed to pay over $2 million in fines, authorities said. Chip’s Discount Drugs and pharmacist, Rogers “Chip” Wood, Jr., settled on a federal lawsuit and agreed...

Money available to fight Maine's opioid addiction crisis

Mar. 22, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine wants the state to be aware that more than $163 million is available from the federal government to help fight the country's addiction crisis. The opioid crisis, in particular, has hit Maine hard. Overdose deaths...

N.H. to receive $28M in federal funding for opioid crisis

Mar. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will over just $28 million in federal funds to support the substance abuse crisis, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. The senators announced Friday that the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will provide State Opioid...

3 arrested after warrants lead to fentanyl, cocaine

Mar. 21, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say three people face drug charges after search warrants led to the discovery of a “significant” amount of drugs in Worcester. The Worcester County district attorney's office says three people were arrested Friday night after a months-long investigation...