Latest Opioids News

Mexico seizes nearly 500 pounds of fentanyl from Spain

Aug. 12, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican customs authorities said Wednesday they have seized almost 500 pounds (220 kilograms) of a chemical used to make the synthetic opioid fentanyl at a cargo terminal at the Mexico City airport. The six plastic drums of fentanyl precursor came on a flight from Spain, an unusual...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, shoppers enter a Walgreens store in Los Angeles. Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains  CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant Eagle claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, a federal judge in Cleveland, denied the chains' motion to dismiss the complaints in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits

Aug. 7, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue, a federal judge in Cleveland has determined. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster rejected the pharmacy...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, July 28, 2020, that the OxyContin maker can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Judge: Purdue Pharma must halt some political contributions

Jul. 28, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. The company can keep contributing to some other political groups, according to the...

Police arrest Lynnwood couple; find $19M worth of fentanyl

Jul. 28, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have found about $19 million worth of fentanyl at a Lynnwood home where a couple was arrested over the weekend. Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force investigators reportedly found about 1,900 grams (70 ounces) of fentanyl, 808 grams (30 ounces) of...

Mexico seizes 2nd lot of fentanyl in medical capsules

Jul. 27, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl, Mexico said Monday it has seized a second shipment of medicinal fentanyl in glass capsules, suggesting they may have been diverted from a lab, pharmacy or hospital. Mexican cartels have...

The new Secretary of Communications and Transport of the government of then President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Javier Jimenez Espriu, talks to residents of San Nicolas Tlaminca as they protest against the construction of Mexico City's new airport near their community, in San Nicolas Tlaminca, México, Oct. 10, 2018. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that he had accepted the resignation of Transportation Secretary Javier Jimenez Espriu after a “dispute” with Jimenez, who thought Mexico’s sea ports should be managed by his agency and not the military as designated by the president. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican transport minister resigns in dispute with president

Jul. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andréz Manuel López Obrador’s decision last week to put management of the country’s customs operations in the hands of the military has claimed one of his Cabinet ministers who opposed the move. López Obrador said Thursday that he had...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, a fire medic holds a box containing naloxone hydrochloride which is carried in all their department's emergency response vehicles, in Akron, Ohio. Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

FDA tells doctors to discuss overdose antidote with patients

Jul. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday. The move by the Food and Drug Administration is the latest government effort to increase...

2 nurses' licenses suspended in cases linked to indicted doc

Jul. 23, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Board of Nursing on Thursday suspended two nurses’ licenses for at least one year in cases related to allegations that intensive care patients were given excessive painkillers ordered by a hospital doctor now charged with murder. The two cases are the first to come...

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Juice WRLD's posthumous album dominates Billboard charts

Jul. 20, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Juice WRLD's first posthumous album “Legends Never Die" is alive and well on the music charts. The 21-track album set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. With 497,000 equivalent albums sold, based on digital sales and streams,...