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Miller wants to extend run as Iowa AG beyond 40 years

Sep. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's longest-serving attorney general is seeking another term in Iowa Seventy-seven-year-old Tom Miller said Saturday that is will seek in 11th term in office in 2022 because he has “unfinished business” he wants to take care of. ...

Family of woman who died in Virginia jail settles lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The family of a woman who died at a Virginia jail after staff ignored her drug withdrawal symptoms has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $500,000, a family attorney said. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Pamela Riddick was booked into the Portsmouth...

Use of OxyContin profits to fight opioids formally approved

Sep. 17, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

A judge formally approved a plan Friday to turn OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma into a new company no longer owned by members of the Sackler family and with its profits going to fight the opioid epidemic. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain officially confirmed the...

Trooper finds fentanyl, pills after highway traffic stop

Sep. 15, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A state trooper who stopped a car for following too closely to another vehicle on an Indiana highway found more than four pounds (1.8 kilograms) of pure fentanyl and nearly 16 pounds (7.2 kilograms) of pills believed to be laced with the drug. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 11, 2021. Editorial: A lawsuit built on hypocrisy Fourteen Republican members of the state House have filed a legal challenge to the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting — a law that 11 of those esteemed...

Lynnwood man sentenced to 10 years for drugs, firearms

Sep. 10, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Lynnwood man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after being found to possess millions of dollars worth of fentanyl, heroin and firearms. Jose Casablanca, 39, was arrested in July 2020 after an investigation found he had enough fentanyl to make...

Endo latest company to settle with New York over opioids

Sep. 09, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The state of New York and two large counties agreed Thursday a $50 million deal to end their lawsuits with drugmaker Endo International, in the latest of a progression of settlements of government claims over the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

Albuquerque jail offers treatment for opioid addiction

Sep. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has begun a program to give buprenorphine to people in jail who are already using it to treat their opioid addictions. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the buprenorphine maintenance program...

Virginia sheriff: Counterfeit pills cause 2 fatal overdoses

Sep. 05, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

LOUDON COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A Northern Virginia sheriff is warning that counterfeit pills have led to two overdoses. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office sent a warning Sunday that its detectives have been investigating two deaths that are believed to involve painkiller...