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From addiction, prison and sleeping in bus to store manager

Dec. 05, 2021 00:13 AM EST

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — The first night after he was released from prison, Michael Blanton found himself sleeping in the back of an unlocked school bus, unsure of what to do next. His time as an inmate at the Livingston Parish Detention Center had transformed him,...

Judge won’t dismiss 25 murder counts against Ohio doctor

Dec. 03, 2021 12:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge Friday refused to dismiss the 25-count murder indictment against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkillers for hospital patients, meaning one of the biggest cases of its kind ever brought against a U.S. health care professional will proceed...

3 arrested in connection with fentanyl-laced marijuana

Dec. 02, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in Brattleboro in connection with marijuana laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl, police said. Last month, Brattleboro police responded to a report of an overdose and revived the patient using CPR and the...

Judge weighs whether to dismiss Ohio doc's 25 murder charges

Dec. 01, 2021 18:16 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge is weighing arguments about whether to dismiss the 25-count murder case against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkillers for hospital patients. William Husel’s lawyers say he was providing comfort care to the dying, not...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

The (Martinsburg) Journal. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: Jury decision rebukes pharmacies’ role in opioid crisis As it became increasingly evident that the opioid epidemic was sparked and fanned by “legal” drug dealers such as doctors, pain clinics...

NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

Nov. 30, 2021 17:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses, officials said Tuesday. The privately run “overdose prevention centers” provide...

Feds: Backyard fentanyl operation could have made 2.5M pills

Nov. 30, 2021 16:48 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In the floorboards below the bathroom sink, $20,000. In the insulation behind a water heater, $100,000. In a hole below the dishwasher, $200,000. And in the drywall behind a toilet paper roll, plastic bottles filled with gold coins. ...

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

Nov. 30, 2021 16:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. ...

More Maine firefighters to get bulletproof vests

Nov. 29, 2021 14:51 PM EST

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Caribou Fire and Ambulance is the latest in the state to equip ambulance workers with bulletproof vests. The worsening opioid crisis has added to the danger for first responders, necessitating the vests, Caribou Fire and Ambulance Chief Scott Susi...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 29, 2021 09:03 AM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Rocketing food costs are also harming the hunger safety net Eye-popping food price increases this fall, notably for meats, have taken a toll on many household budgets, especially for Thanksgiving. But...