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Health officials: Opioid-related deaths drop nearly 11%

Aug. 21, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Department of Public Health report shows the number of people who have died of opioid-related overdoses fell nearly 11% in the first six months of 2019. The Boston Globe reports the preliminary data was compared to the same period last year, which details a downward trend that...

Doctor who says he's patient advocate charged in pill probe

Aug. 21, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor who has been a critic of the crackdown on opioid pills for chronic pain patients is now charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain pills. Federal prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday against Dr. William Bauer of Port Clinton. They say Bauer...

Jail to become first in Massachusetts to dispense methadone

Aug. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A rural jail is set to become Massachusetts' first correctional facility to dispense methadone to inmates for opioid addiction treatment. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan said Tuesday his office received state and federal approvals to establish a methadone clinic at its...

Woman pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl

Aug. 20, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to distributing fentanyl as part of a seven-defendant narcotics case. Court documents say 29-year-old Karina Reyes, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, lived with a drug trafficker and sometimes provided translation services for him...

US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center

Aug. 19, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Loved ones propped photos of more than a dozen young people lost to the opioid crisis against the outside of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside heard arguments on whether the city could become the nation's first to open a supervised injection center. U.S....

59 arrested on drug charges around Vermont

Aug. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say more than 50 people have been arrested in a multi-week drug sweep in Vermont. The Vermont Drug Task Force announced Friday that it has arrested 59 suspects on charges of selling and distributing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine. The arrests were made in...

Ohio doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers

Aug. 17, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio physician has been charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain pills and other controlled substances over a 12-year period starting in 2005. Sixty-seven-year-old Dr. Gary Frantz, of Mansfield, was indicted Thursday on conspiracy...

DeWine dismisses proposal to use fentanyl for executions

Aug. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is dismissing a legislator's proposal to use the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to execute death row inmates as the state struggles to find a drug combination to carry out lethal injections. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican governor says fentanyl,...

New York pursuing Sacklers' financial records in opioid case

Aug. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where money from opioid sales ended up. The state attorney general's office began issuing subpoenas this week as part of...

Thousands of fentanyl pills seized in I-5 traffic stop

Aug. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man is facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop near Ashland in which tens of thousands of pills resembling oxycodone were found, but actually were made from a deadly synthetic opiate. The Mail Tribune reports 22-year-old Pavel Dubinstov of Damascus faces charges of...