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Sackler-owned opioid maker pushes overdose treatment abroad

Dec. 15, 2019 10:07 PM EST

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the...

Minnesota sees an increase in death rates among young adults

Dec. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If you pick up a newspaper and flip to the obituaries, you’ll mostly find the stories of long lives well-lived; of people with grandkids and great-grandkids, and veterans of wars fought long ago. But if you’ve noticed more and more people on those pages whose lives were cut...

In one VA city, 93 opioid pills a year for every resident

Dec. 13, 2019 6:35 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Between 2006 and 2012, more than 71 million opioid pills flowed into Henrico County. For the county’s 320,000 residents, that represented about 32 pills per person per year. During the same time period, pharmacies in Petersburg, whose population is 32,000, received more than 10...

How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril

Dec. 13, 2019 3:24 PM EST

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...

Tramadol is an odd, unpredictable opioid, scientists say

Dec. 13, 2019 11:49 AM EST

Scientists who’ve studied the curious chemistry of the opioid tramadol use an array of adjectives to describe it: “unpredictable,” “messy,” “crazy.” Tramadol is unlike most other opioids in that it must pass through the liver to be metabolized into its most potent...

Egypt officials arrest Italian suspected of smuggling drugs

Dec. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities on Friday arrested an Italian passenger for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into the country, a customs official said. Customs inspectors searching the luggage of the traveler arriving from Milan found 644 pills and several glass bottles of illegal...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BREXIT CLOSER AFTER TORY MAJORITY IN ELECTION Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wins a decisive majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — an outcome that should pave the way...

Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world

Dec. 13, 2019 1:40 AM EST

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...

MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' death

Dec. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced...

Feds seek new ways to spot illicit opioids mailed into U.S.

Dec. 12, 2019 2:23 PM EST

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is enlisting the help of the private sector to develop better ways to spot and intercept illicit opioids shipped into the United States through the mail. Several federal agencies on Thursday awarded a $500,000 prize to a Massachusetts firm that...