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Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 5:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Man charged in death of young child who ingested fentanyl

Dec. 5, 2019 10:44 AM EST

A 27-year-old Detroit man was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a young child that somehow ingested fentanyl. Damonte Rice was arraigned Wednesday in Port Huron on involuntary manslaughter, maintaining a drug house and other charges, The Times Herald reported. He was jailed with a...

Officials: Doctor illegally prescribed nearly 1.4M opioid doses

Dec. 5, 2019 10:13 AM EST

A former New Jersey physician has been charged with illegally prescribing nearly 1.4 million opioid doses in three years. Burlington County prosecutors say Morris “Moishe” Starkman faces eight counts of distributing drugs, four counts of health-care claims fraud and two counts of insurance fraud....

2 charged after Bellingham teen's overdose death

Dec. 4, 2019 8:21 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal investigators say a 17-year-old Bellingham boy knew that counterfeit painkillers he bought from a drug dealer last month were likely tainted with fentanyl, so he rationed them — using only small parts of a pill at a time to avoid overdosing. He died anyway, and now two Mount...

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO

Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said...

Testing, no suspensions for opioids considered likely in MLB

Dec. 4, 2019 4:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the...

Prosecutors: Man sentenced on felony drug, firearms charges

Dec. 4, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug and firearms charges, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Peter Neronha said Shakeil Torres, 24, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty in Providence County Superior Court to...

Police: Drug raid leads to discovery of cockfighting ring

Dec. 4, 2019 1:47 PM EST

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A police raid on a northern New Jersey building as part of a drug investigation also uncovered a cockfighting ring and dozens of roosters, authorities said. Paterson police raided the building around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Eight people were arrested, and authorities seized marijuana,...

Police: Rhode Island man faces narcotics, firearms charges

Dec. 4, 2019 12:25 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been arrested and charged with possessing fentanyl pills, marijuana and firearms, police said Wednesday. Taylor Rego, 24, of Johnston, was arrested by members of a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Rhode Island State Police said. He was held...

Exemptions for ADHD drugs in MLB drop to lowest in decade

Nov. 29, 2019 3:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of major leaguers allowed to use otherwise-banned drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder dropped to the lowest level since the sport started issuing annual reports in 2008. The results come in a report issued Monday by Thomas Martin, the Independent Program...