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A community ponders role of drugmakers in opioid struggle

Jul. 18, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to...

Drug company, 4 people indicted in US painkiller probe

Jul. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday an Ohio-based wholesale drug distributor that's been linked before to the opioid drug crisis has been charged in a painkiller pill distribution conspiracy case. In addition, two former executives of Miami-Luken — the president and compliance...

Sanford suspends use of medical devices amid investigation

Jul. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health in August will stop using some medical devices manufactured by one of its surgeons as a federal investigation into their use is underway. Sanford's neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora owns a company that sells devices used in spine surgeries. Two Sanford doctors in 2016 filed...

Fertility doc told to provide DNA sample for paternity test

Jul. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A judge says a Vermont fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to impregnate a patient must turn over a sample of his DNA for paternity testing. A Florida couple sued retired Dr. John Coates in U.S. District Court last year with a claim that Coates is the father of their...

Feds accuse nurse of prescription drug scheme

Jul. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a nurse of fraudulently obtaining painkillers from her patients in eastern Iowa. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Katie Boll, of Manchester, is charged with 13 counts of acquiring controlled substances by fraud, deception or subterfuge in 2018 and one...

Prescription disposal site permanently housed at WV Capitol

Jul. 18, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A permanent prescription drug disposal site is being placed at the West Virginia Capitol so people wanting to dispose of medication can do so all year. There has already been a collection site at the Capitol for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but the new location is...

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

Jul. 18, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more...

Medical cannabis patients in Hawaii offered 2-year renewal

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii residents have been offered two-year renewals of their medical cannabis certification cards. The Maui News reported Wednesday that the Hawaii Department of Health will allow the renewals beginning Thursday. Officials say current medical cannabis cardholders can submit their...

Arizona lawsuit names former opioid manufacturer executives

Jul. 18, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top attorney is accusing former opioid manufacturer executives of trying to sell a prescription drug through unethical means. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Wednesday against Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. The state...

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...