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Kentucky shatters its fatal overdose record; fentanyl blamed

Jun. 13, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that...

Group formed to oversee distribution of opioid settlement

Jun. 06, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step Monday to turn a massive settlement into action to combat opioid addiction, as Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced members of a group overseeing the state's share. The Bluegrass State will receive $483 million from settlements...

Oregon botched drug treatment plan tied to decriminalization

Jun. 02, 2022 22:45 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to get millions of dollars in funding to treatment centers and related services as part of Oregon's pioneering drug decriminalization have been botched even as drug addictions and overdoses increase, state officials and lawmakers said on Thursday. ...

Brazilian police arrest dozens selling crack in Sao Paulo

May. 11, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Hundreds of police officers raided a plaza in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, arresting dozens of people selling crack and cocaine and destroying addicts’ tents in Brazil's largest city. A total 650 agents participated in the raid, and the arrest and search warrants were...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 11, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

Lancaster Lancaster Online/LNP. May 8, 2022. Editorial: Pennsylvania’s closed primaries diminish democracy and encourage extremism THE ISSUE When Lancaster County residents cast their ballots in the May 17 primary election, more than 57,000 registered...

Judge to decide how much pharmacies owe over opioid crisis

May. 10, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A hearing has begun in federal court in Cleveland for a judge to determine how much CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies should pay two Ohio counties to help them ease the ongoing costs and problems caused by the opioid crisis. A jury in November found the...

Experts worried by rise of cocaine processing in Europe

May. 06, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Records amounts of cocaine are being seized in Europe while manufacturing of the drug is now taking place inside the the European Union, officials in charge of fighting and monitoring drugs use in the bloc warned on Friday. More than 214 tons of cocaine were seized...

Washington reaches $518M settlement with opioid distributors

May. 03, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation's three largest opioid distributors agreed Tuesday to pay the state $518 million, with the vast majority being directed toward easing the addiction epidemic. ...

Richland doctor sentenced to 4 years for prescription fraud

Apr. 28, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state doctor has been sentenced to four years in prison for a scheme in which she hired drug addicts and gave them blank prescription scripts for opioid pain medications and other controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, according to federal...

Yoshinoya beef bowl chain executive fired over sexist remark

Apr. 20, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A popular Japanese beef bowl chain, Yoshinoya Holdings Co., has fired an executive over sexist remarks he made about a marketing strategy aiming to get young women “hooked” on its products as though turning “virgins into drug addicts.” Masaaki Ito, a managing...