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Missouri sees decline in opioid deaths

Jul. 10, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services shows that opioid overdose deaths decreased last year when compared to 2018. The state health department said Friday that the 3.4% decrease was the first time since 2015 that Missouri experienced a decrease in...

Leader of drug distribution organization pleads guilty

Jul. 9, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who was accused of leading a large drug distribution organization in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal charges. The guilty plea for 44-year-old Guy Goolsby of St. Louis was announced Thursday. Goolsby admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine, heroin and...

Man shot by deputies booked into southeast Kansas jail

Jul. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

IOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies at a campground in a tiny southeast Kansas town following an altercation. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 41-year-old Edward Bridges, of Chanute, was taken into custody Tuesday...

FILE - This Tuesday, May 6, 2008, file photo shows injection booths at a facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, a safe haven in the U.S., where drug users can give themselves heroin and other drugs has observed more than 10,500 injections over five years and treated 33 overdoses with none proving fatal. Such facilities may curb deaths from the opioid epidemic, which kills nearly 70,000 people each year in the United States. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Safe injection sites may curb opioid deaths, report suggests

Jul. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

A safe haven in the U.S. where people can give themselves heroin and other drugs has observed more than 10,500 injections over five years and treated 33 overdoses with none proving fatal, researchers reported Wednesday. The injection site is unsanctioned and its location hasn’t been revealed. The...

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Jul. 6, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed. Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer. He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one the brothers who bought drug company Purdue...

2 sheriff's employees charged in case of missing evidence

Jul. 2, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two former Sedgwick County Sheriff’s employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts, authorities said, after an audit uncovered nearly $150,000 missing from the department’s property and evidence holdings. Former property and evidence technician...

Ohio county reports 1-year spike in fatal drug overdoses

Jul. 1, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Overdose deaths in the county that includes Ohio's capital city jumped significantly the first three months of the year compared to last year, a coroner reported Wednesday. Overdoses driven by the synthetic painkiller fentanyl jumped 55% for the first three months of the year compared...

Today in History

Jul. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2020. There are 183 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania. On this date: In 1867, Canada became a...

West Virginia doctor sentenced in pain pill case

Jun. 30, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia doctor has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for illegally distributing prescription opioid medications. Muhammed Samer Nasher-Alneam, 48, of Charleston also agreed to forfeit $150,000 and a sport utility vehicle and will surrender his...

Parents charged after infant overdoses on fentanyl

Jun. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Two parents were charged after an infant overdosed on fentanyl and was revived with Narcan at a hospital, police said Monday. Matthew Mcleod, 30, and Valene St. Onge, 29, were charged with furnishing drugs, and St. Onge was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, police...