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Biden makes progress on 'unity agenda' outlined in 2022

Feb. 04, 2023 00:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged “unity agenda” that would be an easier sell. ...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Feb. 03, 2023 19:06 PM EST

The Herald-Dispatch. February 2, 2023. Editorial: Legislature works on recovery matters of concern to public Pill mills are largely a thing of the past. Meth labs in mobile homes on back roads, operated by drug dealers relying on large quantities of over-the-counter...

Maine sets another record for overdose deaths, report says

Feb. 03, 2023 08:44 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 700 people died from drug overdoses last year in Maine, setting the third straight record, officials said. A report by the attorney general’s office Thursday notes there were 716 suspected or confirmed drug overdose deaths in 2022, compared to 636...

Attorney general launches initiative to fight fentanyl

Feb. 03, 2023 04:14 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has launched an initiative to fight fentanyl. As part of the launch, Cameron held a roundtable in Kenton County on Wednesday with police and other community stakeholders to discuss the issue, a statement from the...

Group makes first funding award to combat opioid epidemic

Jan. 31, 2023 18:33 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky commission assigned to distribute money from a massive settlement with opioid companies has made its first funding award to help combat the state's opioid epidemic, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Tuesday. The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory...

Apache Junction police: Child dies after ingesting fentanyl

Jan. 31, 2023 14:48 PM EST

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A criminal investigation has been launched after the death of a 3-year-old boy who reportedly ingested fentanyl, according to Apache Junction police. Police said the toddler swallowed at least one fentanyl pill on Jan. 25 before he was taken to a...

3 dead in northwest Georgia home from apparent drug overdose

Jan. 31, 2023 10:49 AM EST

KENSINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Three people were found dead in a northwest Georgia house on Monday from suspected drug overdoses. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the most likely cause of death was from smoking or inhaling fentanyl, a synthetic...

US sanctions Mexican international cartel lieutenant

Jan. 30, 2023 18:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Monday on an international operator for the Sinaloa drug cartel whose activities span the globe. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control blocked any U.S. properties of José Angel Rivera Zazueta and two...

Doctor gets nearly 17 years in prison for vast opioid scheme

Jan. 30, 2023 15:16 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor was sentenced Monday to nearly 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $30 million for leading a scheme to bill Medicare and private insurers for unnecessary painkiller injections and write prescriptions for millions of opioids. Frank Patino's...

Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

Jan. 29, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jessie Blanchard started small nearly five years ago, just trying to get enough of the rescue drug naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses to keep her daughter from dying from an overdose. She pleaded with colleagues at the college where she’s an adjunct...