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Caretaker charged in death of disabled man who died in van

Sep. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a caretaker is facing a criminal charge after disabled man under his care died from the heat while he was passed out from ingesting an opioid-like substance in a hot minivan. Joshua Russell has been charged with aggravated manslaughter for last May's death...

Commissioners say counties should control opioid lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio voted unanimously Friday to oppose giving the state attorney general...

Mon denies rubbing opioid on toddler's gums

Sep. 21, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman charged with endangering the welfare of her baby daughter is denying that she rubbed heroin on the child's gums to help her sleep. Kimberly Nelligan, of Bangor, tells WLBZ-TV that she "never rubbed anything, any type of heroin, fentanyl, whatever" on her daughter's gums....

Utah man sentenced to 10 years for selling fake oxycodone

Sep. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Utah man to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills that led to another man's death. The Deseret News reported Thursday that 38-year-old Adam Hemmelgarn of Hooper was sentenced to 128 months imprisonment...

Oklahoma doctors charged in separate opioid drug cases

Sep. 20, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City doctor and another from Tulsa are facing federal charges in separate indictments alleging they illegally dispensed opioid drugs. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma City announced Friday 62-year-old Dr. David Quy (KWEE) was indicted on 55 counts of illegally...

Man who had large amounts of cocaine, fentanyl pleads guilty

Sep. 20, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A California man found with nearly 200 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl during a traffic stop on an interstate highway in Pennsylvania last year has pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge. Miguel Gonzalez Segovia now faces a possible life term when he's sentenced...

Who are the Sacklers, the family behind maker of OxyContin?

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world's most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life. The family owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which filed for bankruptcy this week as part of an effort to...

85 charged with running drug networks in Southern California

Sep. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 85 people with selling methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl through drug networks linked to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel. Eight indictments were unsealed Thursday in San Diego federal court after sweeping raids resulted in arrests and drug and gun...

Democrats largely fail to override governor's vetoes

Sep. 19, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's long list of vetoed bills emerged largely unscathed Thursday after two days of override attempts. Lawmakers in May successfully overrode Sununu's veto of a bill to abolish the death penalty, leaving more than 50 other vetoed bills to be taken up this...

Washington authorities warn residents of fentanyl overdoses

Sep. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington health officials have warned residents of fentanyl usage after nine people have died after ingesting the drug this year. The Yakima Herald reports that state health officials issued a public warning earlier this month after three people died of overdoses within days....