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Police in northern Virginia sound warning after 6 overdoses

Sep. 21, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Police in northern Virginia are warning the community about a potentially fatal batch of cocaine laced with fentanyl after six people overdosed early Tuesday morning. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin...

Maine towns vote on development of retail marijuana stores

Sep. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — Maine towns are proposing ordinances to decide whether to ban or allow recreational marijuana stores because most of the state’s towns still do not permit retail weed sales. In the state, only 47 of Maine's 500 towns allow recreational...

Chesterfield inmate dies in jail after medical emergency

Sep. 19, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An inmate in the Chesterfield County Jail died Saturday night as a result of a medical emergency, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office announced. WRIC-TV reports that a fellow inmate notified jail staff at about 10 p.m. Saturday that...

Miller wants to extend run as Iowa AG beyond 40 years

Sep. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's longest-serving attorney general is seeking another term in Iowa Seventy-seven-year-old Tom Miller said Saturday that is will seek in 11th term in office in 2022 because he has “unfinished business” he wants to take care of. ...

Family of woman who died in Virginia jail settles lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The family of a woman who died at a Virginia jail after staff ignored her drug withdrawal symptoms has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $500,000, a family attorney said. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Pamela Riddick was booked into the Portsmouth...

Use of OxyContin profits to fight opioids formally approved

Sep. 17, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

A judge formally approved a plan Friday to turn OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma into a new company no longer owned by members of the Sackler family and with its profits going to fight the opioid epidemic. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain officially confirmed the...

Trooper finds fentanyl, pills after highway traffic stop

Sep. 15, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A state trooper who stopped a car for following too closely to another vehicle on an Indiana highway found more than four pounds (1.8 kilograms) of pure fentanyl and nearly 16 pounds (7.2 kilograms) of pills believed to be laced with the drug. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 11, 2021. Editorial: A lawsuit built on hypocrisy Fourteen Republican members of the state House have filed a legal challenge to the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting — a law that 11 of those esteemed...

Authorities: Man tries to sneak drug into jail in eye patch

Sep. 14, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A man faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after authorities said he tried to smuggle a drug used to treat opioid addiction into a northwestern Indiana jail in an eye patch. He was one of two people caught over the past days trying to sneak...

Grand Forks police say powerful opiate making rounds

Sep. 13, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Grand Forks Police Department has issued a warning about a powerful illegal opiate making the rounds locally. Officers said they responded to numerous narcotics-related drug overdoses Saturday evening, including a death. Police say illegal...