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EXPLAINER: State, defense differ on impact of Floyd drug use

Apr. 19, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The effect George Floyd's drug use had on his health and his death remained a key thread as attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin's defense attorney has repeatedly argued that Floyd's...

Oxford police report 7 overdose deaths since new year

Apr. 19, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A county in north Mississippi is reporting an increase in drug activity and overdose deaths that is alarming law enforcement. The Oxford Eagle reports that 10 people have died from drug overdoses in the last six months in the...

Key moments at Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death

Apr. 18, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

The three weeks of testimony at a former Minneapolis police officer's trial in the death of George Floyd were filled with indelible moments, ranging from witnesses breaking down as they relived what they saw to a clinical account by one expert pinpointing on video the instant he believes...

Police say raid at NY day care center turns up drugs, guns

Apr. 18, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of a Long Island child care center, her two sons and the girlfriend of one of the sons have been arrested after police raids turned up drugs, guns and $239,000 in cash, authorities said. Information “received from the community”...

Humboldt County sees alarming rise in fentanyl deaths

Apr. 15, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says there has been a substantial increase in illicit distribution of fentanyl and an alarming number of overdose deaths this year. “As of April 14, 2021, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has received...

AP sources: Tool behind crackdown on opioids could expire

Apr. 15, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has been slow-walking its work on the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that's helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl, three people familiar with the matter told The...

Defense expert blames George Floyd's death on heart trouble

Apr. 14, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of...

Rhode Island seeks spike of drug overdose deaths in 2020

Apr. 14, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island jumped by 25% in 2020 over the prior year, to their highest level since records have been kept, state health officials said Wednesday. There were 384 accidental overdose deaths last year, most...

For Chauvin's trial attorney, it's all about raising doubt

Apr. 12, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's defense attorney was questioning George Floyd's girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in...

Arrest made in overdose death of Concord man

Apr. 11, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have made an arrest in connection with the overdose death of a well-known member of Concord's recovery community. Matthew Colby, who allegedly sold Troy Silva fentanyl hours before his death last summer, was arrested in late...