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Medical marijuana committee reports support in Kentucky

Sep. 30, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An advisory committee set up this year by Gov. Andy Beshear reported that many Kentucky adults favor legalizing medical marijuana, Beshear's office said Friday. The Democratic governor formed the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee after a bill to legalize...

Mom pleads guilty to manslaughter in drug-related death

Sep. 29, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A woman on Thursday acknowledged causing the death of her 3-year-old daughter, who died from a brain injury consistent with opioid abuse. Hillary Goding, 29, pleaded guilty to manslaughter under a plea agreement in which murder charges were dropped. Her...

Fentanyl features in Colorado's first gubernatorial debate

Sep. 28, 2022 23:31 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s Democratic governor, Jared Polis, and his GOP challenger, Heidi Ganahl, offered differing versions of the state with the economy, crime, education and post-pandemic recovery among the top issues in their first debate Wednesday night. Ganahl, a...

DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

Sep. 27, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An increasing number of fake prescription pills that contain potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S., including some now manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy, federal officials said Tuesday. ...

Alabama eyes fentanyl penalties; critics say they won't work

Sep. 26, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers may consider harsher penalties for traffickers and distributors of illicit fentanyl next year, but some say a comprehensive approach should also include more health services and helping drug users reduce overdoses. Republicans Reps. Matt...

Phoenix police call fentanyl bust 'largest' in its history

Sep. 23, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say they have made the largest fentanyl bust in the department's history. Authorities said Friday that more than 1 million fentanyl pills were discovered during a police search of a home and a car in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale. ...

Colorado parents charged for kid's fentanyl poisoning, death

Sep. 23, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A grand jury in Colorado has indicted two parents on charges of first-degree murder after their toddler died from fentanyl poisoning earlier this year. The indictment released on Thursday alleges that the couple participated in storing, selling and using...

Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

Sep. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The tattoos on Billie Stafford’s hands — inspired by street art and full of references to her work helping prevent drug-related deaths — have become an indelible memorial to the friend who inked them and the opioid crisis that killed him in April. As a...

After student's death, LA schools to carry overdose antidote

Sep. 23, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all its schools with a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, after at least seven teenagers overdosed on pills likely laced with fentanyl in recent weeks, including a 15-year-old girl who died on a high school campus....

Marijuana stays on doping banned list; opiate tramadol added

Sep. 23, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Marijuana use will remain banned at sports events after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Friday resisted calls to change its status on the list of prohibited substances. The agency was asked to review the status of THC — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis —...