Latest Opioids News

Man sentenced to 8 years for trafficking carfentanil

May. 19, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man convicted last year of trafficking a drug used to tranquilize animals has been sentenced to eight years in prison, a federal prosecutor said. Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Perez, 54, also was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of supervised release for...

Sioux Falls man guilty of selling drugs that led to 2 deaths

May. 16, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 53-year-old South Dakota man has been convicted of distributing a powerful synthetic opioid that resulted in the deaths of two people. A federal jury on Friday found Jeffrey Moore, of Sioux Falls, guilty of two counts of distribution of a controlled...

Vermont law creates panel, fund for opioid settlement

May. 16, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed legislation into law on Monday that creates an advisory committee to make recommendations on how to spend the state's share of settlement money with drug manufacturers and distribution companies over the toll of prescription opioids. ...

Hemp grower in NC looks to medical marijuana’s future

May. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical marijuana becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has gained. Delmer Langley, owner of D.E.L. Hemp Farm, received a license to grow hemp from the...

Escapee from Oregon federal prison arrested in Nevada

May. 14, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 38-year-old fugitive who escaped an Oregon federal prison camp in April has been captured in Nevada, according to U.S. Marshals. Andrew Cain Kristovich had been staying in a tent in Carson City, Nevada, where officials also found a semi-automatic rifle,...

Colorado tops in bank robberies in 2021; some blame fentanyl

May. 14, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few days before Christmas last year, a man and a woman entered a KeyBank at 2nd Avenue and Broadway in Denver donning COVID masks and caps and passed a note to a bank teller: “Hand me all your money and you will not get hurt.” The teller, M.N., who said she was...

Mom charged for giving opioid antidote to overdosing toddler

May. 13, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A woman has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly used the opioid antidote naloxone to revive her 2-year-old daughter after the toddler got into the mother's drugs. The prosecution will test Maine’s so-called Good Samaritan law, which...

Idaho announces $119 million opioid crisis settlement

May. 13, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Friday announced a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said...

New justice joins WVa Supreme Court in investiture ceremony

May. 13, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court's newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. Justice C. Haley Bunn of Oceana in Wyoming County is the youngest woman to serve in the post, the court said. The ceremony was held Thursday. ...

Doctor innocent after murder trial permanently loses license

May. 12, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite being found innocent of murder charges related to multiple patient deaths, a doctor determined that practicing medicine again in Ohio would be impossible following a yearslong ordeal and so chose to surrender his medical license, his attorney said. ...