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Maine exceeds US average for newborns exposed to opioids

Feb. 26, 2020 4:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The rate of newborns in Maine who experience health problems because they're exposed to opioids in the womb is nearly five times the national average, according to a report released by the state health department. Maine's incidence of the health problems was a little more than 33 per...

USOPC tabs former US surgeon general for board of directors

Feb. 26, 2020 2:48 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Former U.S. surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy is joining the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's board of directors. Murthy takes the place of Dan Doctoroff, who stepped down because of competing time demands, the USOPC said Wednesday in a news release. Murthy, who has...

24 charged with drug trafficking, gun offenses in Milwaukee

Feb. 26, 2020 1:08 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Twenty-four people associated with a violent drug trafficking gang operating in a northeast Milwaukee neighborhood face federal charges, authorities said Wednesday. Hundreds of federal, state and local officers executed search warrants Tuesday and rounded up 17 of the defendants. The rest...

FILE- In this July 1, 2013 file photo, is the exterior of the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals office in St. Louis. The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. (Whitney Curtis/AP Images for Mallinckrodt, File)

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Feb. 26, 2020 7:01 AM EST

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs: six-figure bonuses and a chance to snag a coveted “President's Club” award, which could mean vacations to Hawaii, the Caribbean or Mexico. The company...

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 26, 2020 6:45 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BERNIE SANDERS TAKES HITS AS FRONT-RUNNER Democrats unleash a roaring assault against the Vermont senator, but moderates did little to draw separation among themselves, a dynamic that has so far only...

Nonprofit says it will open injection site in Philadelphia

Feb. 25, 2020 10:42 PM EST

A Philadelphia nonprofit group said it will open the nation's first supervised injection site next week to combat overdose deaths after a federal judge rejected Justice Department efforts to block the plan. U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh, in a final ruling Tuesday, said the Safehouse proposal doesn’t...

FILE- In this July 1, 2013 file photo, is the exterior of the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals office in St. Louis. The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. (Whitney Curtis/AP Images for Mallinckrodt, File)

Drugmaker Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6B opioid settlement

Feb. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EST

The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. The company said that it had an agreement with a key committee of lawyers...

Tennessee Supreme Court lets opioids case move forward

Feb. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from pharmaceutical companies asking to be dismissed as defendants in an opioid lawsuit. The suit was filed in Campbell County in 2017 by six Tennessee district attorneys whose districts are along the Interstate 75 corridor. They are...

North Carolina woman indicted in fentanyl death

Feb. 25, 2020 10:59 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been charged with dealing fentanyl that resulted in an overdose death. A news release from the Charlotte-based U.S. Attorney's office said that Shannon White, 42, who lives on the Cherokee reservation, appeared in...

Doctor admits prescribing opioids without medical purpose

Feb. 25, 2020 6:00 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey doctor who authorities said described himself as “Candy Man” and “El Chapo of Opioids” faces prison and fines after he admitted prescribing opioids without a legitimate medical purpose. Robert Delagente, 45, of Oakland, on Monday pleaded guilty...