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Police discover bags of fentanyl beneath 'trap floor' of NYC day care center where 1-year-old died

Sep. 21, 2023 20:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The owners of a New York City day care center where a toddler died and three others were sickened by opioid exposure last week were hiding bags of fentanyl beneath a trap door in the children’s play area, police said. New York City detectives were executing a...

'Euphoria' star Angus Cloud accidentally overdosed on meth, cocaine, fentanyl, coroner says

Sep. 21, 2023 14:31 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Actor Angus Cloud died in July of an accidental overdose of cocaine, fentanyl and other substances, a Northern California coroner's office said Thursday. Cloud's cause of death was “acute intoxication" due to the “combined effects of methamphetamine,...

Seattle City Council OKs law to prosecute for having and using drugs such as fentanyl in public

Sep. 20, 2023 16:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Tuesday adopted a controlled substance law after rejecting it earlier this summer, making the possession and public use of drugs such as fentanyl a gross misdemeanor. The council voted to approve the measure by a 6-3 vote on Tuesday,...

Revolving door redux: The DEA's recently departed No. 2 returns to a Big Pharma consulting firm

Sep. 20, 2023 15:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s revolving door kept spinning this week as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s recently departed second-in-command returned for a new stint with the high-powered consulting firm where he previously advised Purdue Pharma and a drug distributor fighting sanctions...

NYC day care operator tried to cover up fentanyl operation before 1-year-old's death, feds allege

Sep. 19, 2023 20:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of a New York City day care center where a 1-year-old child died after being exposed to fentanyl took steps to cover up her involvement in a sprawling drug operation, even as medics rushed to treat several children in her care who were poisoned by the opioid, federal...

Kilogram of fentanyl found in NYC day care center where 1-year-old boy died of apparent overdose

Sep. 18, 2023 21:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A package containing several thousand dollars worth of fentanyl was discovered inside the New York City day care center where a 1-year-old child died from a toxic opioid exposure last week, police and city officials said. The owner of the day care center, however,...

NYC day care owner, neighbor arrested after toddler dies and 3 others show signs of opioid exposure

Sep. 17, 2023 11:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of a New York City day care center and a tenant living in the building were arrested Saturday after a 1-year-old boy died and three other young children were sickened by what officials described as apparent exposure to opioids. The arrests came one day...

NYC police probe day care facility after toddler dies and 3 other children are sickened by opioids

Sep. 16, 2023 18:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A kilo press used in the packaging of drugs was found at a New York City day care facility, where authorities say four toddlers were exposed to dangerous levels of opioids, possibly killing a 1-year-old boy. Police and ambulance crews rushed to the day care facility...

US: Mexico extradites Ovidio Guzmán López, son of Sinaloa cartel leader 'El Chapo,' to United States

Sep. 15, 2023 21:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico extradited Ovidio Guzmán López, a son of former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, to the United States on Friday to face drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. ...

Prescription opioid shipments declined sharply even as fatal overdoses increased, new data shows

Sep. 12, 2023 15:36 PM EDT

The number of prescription opioid pills shipped in the U.S. in the second half of the 2010s decreased sharply even as a nationwide overdose crisis continued to deepen, according to data released Tuesday. The decline in painkiller prescriptions — finally dropping below the...