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Drug trafficker sentenced in overdose, dismemberment case

Jan. 26, 2023 19:12 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker who helped dismember and bury the body of a West Virginia woman in Georgia following a fatal overdose was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison Thursday. Seddrick Banks, 30, of Cartersville, Georgia, was sentenced in federal...

San Diego man gets 13 years in teen's fentanyl death

Jan. 26, 2023 18:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who sold fentanyl-laced pills that killed a 15-year-old San Diego County boy was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison. Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap, 21, of San Diego was sentenced for distributing fentanyl in the form of counterfeit oxycodone...

La Crosse police investigating 9 recent fatal drug overdoses

Jan. 25, 2023 15:26 PM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse police are investigating nine recent drug overdose deaths amid concerns that a powerful animal tranquilizer may be present in the local illicit opioid supply. The La Crosse Police Department, the city's mayor, Gundersen Health System and Tri-State...

Chemicals for possible fentanyl production seized in Arizona

Jan. 19, 2023 21:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. agents in southern Arizona said Thursday they seized up to 440 pounds (about 200 kilograms) of what they suspect is a precursor chemical often used to manufacture the dangerous drug fentanyl, a chilling sign that producers may be moving to manufacture the deadly synthetic...

US settlement signals protections for addiction medicine

Jan. 19, 2023 16:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee correctional officer will receive $160,000 in back pay and damages after he was forced to resign for taking Suboxone to treat his opioid use disorder, if a judge approves a landmark consent decree filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday. ...

2 treated for likely fentanyl exposure at Oregon school

Jan. 18, 2023 19:06 PM EST

WILLAMINA, Ore. (AP) — A student and a deputy were treated at a hospital Tuesday after they likely were exposed to fentanyl at an Oregon middle school, authorities said. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that one of their deputies on Tuesday went...

W.Va. announces $83 million opioid settlement with Walgreens

Jan. 18, 2023 11:54 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has settled for $83 million with Walgreens for the pharmacy store chain's role in perpetuating the opioid crisis in the U.S. state with the most per capita overdose deaths, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday. That brings...

Fentanyl fuels record homeless deaths in Seattle area

Jan. 16, 2023 19:14 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A record 310 homeless people died in the Seattle area last year, highlighting the region's struggle to house the thousands of people living on its streets. The 310 deaths in King County surpassed the previous record of 195 homeless deaths set in 2018, the Seattle...

Arizona dad seeking answers after son dies in state care

Jan. 16, 2023 08:41 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Richard Blodgett, a single father, was jailed on a drug charge when a worker from Arizona's child welfare agency delivered the news: His son was brain dead and on life support — just days after being taken into state custody. Blodgett screamed, cried and...

Drug dealer convicted in fentanyl death gets life in prison

Jan. 11, 2023 23:40 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A drug dealer who was convicted of being the source of fentanyl that killed a man in 2017 was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday at the urging of the government and parents of overdose victims. Prosecutors said Bruce Holder was responsible for bringing tens of...