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Gang used drugs, violence to commit robberies that led to four deaths, prosecutors say

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

A group of gang members who trafficked drugs and guns and used dating websites to connect with people interested in hiring prostitutes were responsible for a series of robberies that led to four deaths, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dubbed the “fentanyl robbery gang,” the...

Kentucky drug crackdown yields 200 arrests in Operation Summer Heat

Jul. 11, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A sweeping investigation into suspected drug trafficking rings has produced more than 200 arrests and drug seizures valued at nearly $685,000, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. He also touted prevention and treatment programs fighting the deadly addiction epidemic. ...

Sean Burroughs, former Little League star and MLB player, died of fentanyl intoxication

Jul. 11, 2024 13:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Burroughs, a two-time Little League World Series champion who won an Olympic gold medal and went on to a major league career that was interrupted by substance abuse, died of fentanyl intoxication, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office. ...

The threat of litigation looms as Purdue Pharma returns to settlement talks

Jul. 09, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is trying to chart the course for a new mass settlement of thousands of lawsuits over the toll of opioids after the U.S. Supreme Court last month rejected its previous deal, which was years in the making. State, local and tribal governments and...

Mexico's efforts to seize US-bound fentanyl drop sharply, while seizures of meth soar

Jul. 09, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even as Mexican-made fentanyl continues to flood into the United States, Mexico’s efforts to seize the drug have declined dramatically, according to figures released Tuesday by the Defense Department. Figures for the first half of 2024 show that Mexican federal...

Melissa Etheridge connects with incarcerated women in new docuseries 'I'm Not Broken'

Jul. 09, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Etheridge realized two career dreams with her new docuseries “Melissa Etheridge: I’m Not Broken”: performing for incarcerated women and recording the concert for a live album. The singer-songwriter grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas — an area home to a...

Maine attorney general announces resource center to aid local opioid settlement spending

Jul. 03, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

The attorney general’s office is putting nearly $2.5 million toward a resource center that will offer assistance to Maine counties, cities and towns as they decide how to spend opioid settlement funds, Attorney General Aaron Frey told The Maine Monitor in an exclusive interview. In...

Hospital to pay $300K to resolve drug recordkeeping allegations

Jul. 02, 2024 12:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hospital has agreed to pay $300,000 to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by failing to keep accurate records of controlled substances, including opioids, the U.S. attorney's office said. The Drug Enforcement Administration began...

The Supreme Court rejects a nationwide opioid settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Jun. 27, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would have shielded members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids but also would have provided billions of dollars to combat...

The legal odyssey for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners is complex. Here's what to know

Jun. 27, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

Members of the Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma have been cast as prime villains in the U.S. opioid epidemic. The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a deal for the company to settle thousands of lawsuits over the toll of opioids through bankruptcy court. The deal...