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Mom charged in death of baby who had fentanyl in his system

Jan. 21, 2022 10:42 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A mother whose infant son was found dead in her Cleveland home last week with suspected fentanyl in his system has been charged with felony child endangerment. A judge set Casey Bisner's bail at $50,000 during a court hearing Friday, rejecting prosecutors request...

Judge to dismiss 11 murder counts against Ohio doctor

Jan. 20, 2022 17:36 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge agreed Thursday to dismiss 11 of 25 murder counts against an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital patient deaths, after prosecutors requested the charges be dropped. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients in the...

Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use

Jan. 20, 2022 10:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, moved Thursday to further loosen regulations on the drug. The Public Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Administration proposed...

Drug overdose deaths increase by more than 20% in Maine

Jan. 20, 2022 10:08 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in Maine increased by nearly a quarter in 2021. An estimated 636 people died of overdoses last year, up 23% from the previous year, the Portland Press Herald reported. Researchers informed Maine lawmakers this week that the...

Helena emergency medical teams revive 9 people who overdosed

Jan. 19, 2022 16:47 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Emergency medical providers in Helena have successfully treated at least nine people facing life-threatening drug overdoses in a 48-hour period, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Wednesday. Hospital officials said it appears people are buying...

Officials vow action after 13-year-old overdoses at school

Jan. 18, 2022 17:13 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials pledged to take action Tuesday in response to the overdose death of a seventh grader at a Hartford school, and urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of illegal drugs. Democratic state Rep. Liz Linehan, of Cheshire,...

Couple charged after 2 children ingest fentanyl, infant dies

Jan. 18, 2022 10:52 AM EST

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An infant died and another young child became very ill after they ingested fentanyl in their family’s apartment, authorities said. Nicholas Lee, 25, and Brianna Roush, 26, of Circleville, are each charged with involuntary manslaughter, attempted...

Illinois authorities probe 7 overdose cases that killed 2

Jan. 16, 2022 11:52 AM EST

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Illinois are investigating seven fentanyl overdose cases over 24 hours that left two people dead. The Kankakee Police Department and Kankakee County Coroner’s Office said the two victims who died were a 20-year-old female and...

Connecticut boy, 13, dies days after overdosing at school

Jan. 15, 2022 21:27 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who apparently overdosed on the opioid fentanyl while in school died on Saturday, police said. The seventh-grade student from the Sports and Medical Science Academy in Hartford had been hospitalized since Thursday morning. Two...

Final valuation of Prince's estate pegged at $156.4 million

Jan. 15, 2022 17:15 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The six-year legal battle over pop superstar Prince’s estate has ended, meaning the process of distributing the artist's wealth could begin next month. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Internal Revenue Service and the estate’s administrator,...