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Jodie Sweetin and ex’s custody agreement includes drug testing
The couple's custody agreement also specifies that daughter Beatrix "shall only be driven by a sober driver."
34 points by New York Post | Jodie Sweetin Marriage Full House Methamphetamine Divorce Heroin Drug addiction American child actors
DEA launches Lowcountry effort to fight painkiller abuse
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration is launching an effort in the Lowcountry to combat painkiller and heroin abuse and deaths. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2cmcpOf ) the program called Wake Up will enlist the help of everyone from law enforcement and religious leaders to ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Heroin Opioid Drug addiction Drug Enforcement Administration Morphine Methadone Medical prescription Addiction
Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea undergoing psych evaluation
Rosie O’Donnell’s teenage daughter Chelsea is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after being hospitalized in Long Island on Tuesday.
306 points by Daily News | Psychiatry Psychology Mental health professional Family Psychiatrist Hospital Mental health Heroin
Grocery chain pulls Halloween 'syringe pens' after complaints
Kroger stores are pulling some Halloween accessories from shelves after getting customer complaints.
92 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Kroger Naloxone Supermarket Ohio Heroin Morphine Drug addiction Hypermarket
Smoking and drinking rates among U.S. teenagers fall to new lows
WASHINGTON — Smoking and drinking among teenagers fell to new lows in 2015, new federal data show, as young Americans continued to shift away from the habits of their parents.
4 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Barack Obama Heroin Drug addiction United States Addiction Pharmacology Drugs Adolescence
Downstate traffic stop leads to arrest of three murder suspects
Three men suspected of murder and found to be in possession of drugs and weapons were arrested last month during a traffic stop downstate.
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Crime Police Sheriff Jeep Wrangler Criminal justice Constable Danville Illinois Heroin
Police try to nab meth by saying they will test it for Zika virus
A Michigan police department is trying to nab illegal drugs by appealing to meth users worried about their health.
75 points by Daily News | Clandestine chemistry MDMA Crime Heroin Illegal drug trade United States Rolling meth lab Methamphetamine
U.S. links Venezuelan official related to Maduro to drug probe
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent testified on Thursday that a probe of two nephews of Venezuela's first lady began after a drug trafficker cooperating with authorities told him of a meeting arranged by her brother, a top police official.
47 points by Reuters | Venezuela Illegal drug trade Heroin MDMA Drug Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Reuters Thomson Reuters
Cuyahoga County has record number of opiate deaths in August
CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical examiner in Cleveland says a record number of people fatally overdosed from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or some combination of the three drugs in Cuyahoga County last month. The medical examiner on Thursday said testing had found carfentanil, a sedative used on large animals such as ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Coroner Heroin Illegal drug trade Drugs National Football League Ohio Labor Day Suicide
Carfentanil's new wave of drug overdoses: Editorial Board Roundtable
What should Ohio, Cuyahoga County -- and the nation -- do to address carfentanil, the newest wrinkle in the heroin scourge, asks the Editorial Board Roundtable. Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson calls it a "clear and present danger." The Washington Post, casting Ohio as ground zero for the drug in the United States, says a tiny dose a fraction of the weight of a paper clip could send 500 people to the morgue. It's been showing up in Columbus, Cincinnati and maybe Akron. And unlike heroin, it is so lethal -- 10,000 times more potent than morphine -- that the naloxone antidotes used to save lives in heroin overdoses may not work. It is carfentanil, a drug developed in the 1970s as an animal tranquilizer. Read more on carfentanil and its local dangers But now, manufactured in China and Mexico, it's showing up, along with fentanyl, in lethal admixtures with heroin for human use. Carfentanil has been moving north up the interstates, and The New York Times recently reported more than 200 overdoses in the last two weeks in and around Cincinnati, three of them fatal. A Columbus man was indicted for murder in July after allegedly mixing the elephant tranquilizer into a batch of heroin he sold, causing ten overdoses and one death. The Washington Post reports that Franklin County prosecutors were surprised when the heroin was analyzed to find carfentanil in it. Akron officials have tentatively attributed a spike of 236 overdoses in three weeks in July to the drug, the Akron Beacon Journal reports, although toxicology on the victims was not conclusive. The danger has led Attorney General Mike DeWine to ask police to stop field-testing these drugs given their lack of experience in testing for the substance, according to the Post. Cleveland.com's Evan MacDonald reports that in Cuyahoga County -- which had already recorded about 300 heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths this year, far above 2015's overall 228 deaths -- medical examiner Gilson last month issued his urgent public health warning about carfentanil. Naloxone may work to counteract its effects but might require many times the usual dosage.  What should Ohio and Cuyahoga County -- and the nation -- do to address this newest wrinkle in the heroin scourge?  In July, the editorial board polled leading experts in Ohio on the killer opioid epidemic. Read one of their prescriptions via the extended link below: From a judge who sees the wreckage of heroin weekly Now, with the arrival of carfentanil, our editorial board roundtable weighs with some of our individual thoughts, and we seek your input in the comments that follow. Sharon Broussard, chief editorial writer, cleveland.com: Heroin addiction is deadly and adding animal tranquilizers to the mix makes it a bigger killer. Folks selling this poison need to be severely punished to warn others, but the real problem is that there is a growing number of heroin addicts seeking ever bigger highs. Ohio needs to do a better job promoting drug prevention and treatment. More beds are needed and more evidenced-based medical treatments -- not just Narcotics Anonymous -- that help people get off and stay off these toxic drugs. Kevin O'Brien, deputy editorial page editor, The Plain Dealer: Step One is something every person can do all by himself or herself: Don't take illegal drugs or associate with people who do. As for Step Two, that murder indictment in Columbus seems perfectly appropriate, although we're dealing with stupid, reckless people here, so the deterrent effect would be minimal. Thomas Suddes, editorial writer: Government is responsible for our common good. That's why we formed it. The city, the county and the state need to do more to offer recovery and prevention services -- and to reiterate time and again the dangers these murderous drugs present. If we, as a people, can spend $200 million on a single warplane that may or not serve any useful purpose, we can afford to do much more to take care of people's real needs. Ted Diadiun, editorial board member:  I'm sorry, but I don't see how this is the responsibility of Cuyahoga County, Ohio or the nation. Dr. Gilson's job is to tell people how dangerous this drug is -- which he has done. The news media's job is to carry that message to the public, to make sure that as many people as possible know about it -- which we and others are doing. Beyond that, it's the responsibility of each person to not ingest the infernal stuff, or suffer the consequences. At some point it is fruitless to try to protect people from their own stupidity. Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director, cleveland.com: If we can't get together as citizens to agree to marshal the resources and the will to address what the Cuyahoga County medical examiner correctly identifies as a "clear and present danger," what can we as Americans unite around? Yes, it is people's individual, family and community responsibility to resist the lure of drugs and to help others to resist it, but we know that the path to opioid addiction often starts with a sports injury and addiction to pain meds. In demographic terms, the victims could be any one of us or our loved ones. Read what some local experts have to say here, and then act, and demand that our elected officials act as well.
32 points by The Plain Dealer | Drug addiction Morphine Heroin Opioid Illegal drug trade Opium Addiction Drug
Man pleads guilty in Grayslake hotel meth lab case
A man arrested after police found a small methamphetamine lab, drugs and two pit bulls inside a Grayslake hotel room in March has been sentenced to probation and periodic imprisonment under a plea deal approved Wednesday. Martin Bloomberg, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Criminal law Methamphetamine Hotel Hotels Plea Heroin Arraignment Motel
Philippines: Inside Duterte's killer drug war
More than 2,500 people have been killed during President Duterte's war, but can he win?
3605 points by Al Jazeera English | Illegal drug trade Heroin Drug addiction Drug Smuggling Clandestine chemistry Drug cartel
August is deadliest month for heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County history
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said August was the deadliest month in county history for heroin and fentanyl deaths. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More people died last month from heroin or fentanyl than any other month in Cuyahoga County history, the medical examiner said. The 52 deaths represent a continuing spike in opioid related deaths in the county. The three deadliest months for opioid deaths have come in 2016. And there has already been 14 deaths in September from heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil, an elephant sedative some 100 times more potent the fentanyl and 2,500 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is now suspected in at least two overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County. Ten people died of overdoses on the drugs over the Labor Day weekend, the medical examiner said. The county has seen at least 330 overdose deaths this year, which already has dwarfed the 228 who died of overdoses in all of 2015. The medical examiner expects more than 500 overdose deaths by the end of the year. Fifteen of the August deaths came in the first three days of the month. July deaths were also above normal. Forty-eight people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses that month, which is the third worst month for opioid deaths for a single month. The second worst total came in March, when 50 people died. Thirty-one people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses in June, 45 in May, 33 in April, 50 in March, 27 in February and 30 in January, according to the medical examiner's data. This post will be updated.
583 points by The Plain Dealer | Morphine Naloxone Labor Day Heroin Harshad number Fentanyl Cleveland Drug addiction
Alleged members of North Baltimore drug organization indicted
Federal authorities have indicted alleged members of a drug organization operating out of North Baltimore. Baltimore Police Maj. Richard Gibson told residents in an email that the group was known as the Glenwood/Craig Organization and operated in the 600 block of Glenwood Avenue, in the Woodbourne-McCabe...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Drug addiction Complaint Illegal drug trade Drug injection Drug Heroin Prosecution Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
Medicaid drug reimbursement to put more focus on counseling
The state will change the way it reimburses medical providers for drug rehabilitation under Medicaid, the insurance program for low-income people, to encourage more counseling services for addicts and emphasize its importance as part of treatment.The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Addiction Heroin Methadone Drug addiction Opioid Government Health insurance Health economics
Taneytown woman sentenced six years for string of armed robberies
A Taneytown woman was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for her participation in a string of 2015 armed robberies. Ann Marie Knights, 22, of the unit block of Middle Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery in January. Presiding Judge...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Crime Drug addiction Robbery Theft Addiction Piracy Heroin
Ohio's heroin epidemic worsens, but Zumba is not on the treatment horizon: Phillip Morris
Many of us are acquainted with families that have been devastated by opioid addiction or currently struggle with the drug. It's a painful health spiral to watch, not knowing from one day to another whether a once vibrant person will unceremoniously appear in a newspaper obituary. With each passing month, it seems that the nation's opioid epidemic can't possibly get any worse. Then it does -- especially here in Ohio. In the past two weeks, more than 200 overdoses in the Cincinnati area alone have claimed the lives of three people. Many more users likely would have died, were it not for an unprecedented, modern medical response. EMS first responders and safety forces have battled courageously to combat the surge of overdoses and deaths that began spiking several years ago when heroin and fentanyl were mixed into a highly-toxic mixture. Now, the danger has spiked again, with no real end in sight. The New York Times reports that in Cincinnati, medical and law enforcement officials believe the recent rash of overdoses was mostly caused by a synthetic drug called carfentanil, a tranquilizer occasionally used on elephants that has no practical uses for humans. Officials now have reached out to zoos and veterinarians to help them gain a better understanding of a drug normally used in the treatment of large animals. The emerging synthetic drug potency is staggering. Fentanyl can be 50 times stronger than heroin, and carfentanil is as much as 100 times more potent than fentanyl, according to the Times report. Cincinnati-area law enforcement has become so concerned about the potency of carfentanil and other synthetic opioids that they now carry overdose-reversing naloxone spray for themselves, in case they accidentally inhale or touch the slightest amount of a suspected drug. Few of us have the luxury of ignoring the problem. It's all around us. Many of us know families that have been devastated by opioid addiction or are struggling with the drug. It's a painful health spiral to watch, not knowing from one day to another whether a once-vibrant person will unceremoniously appear in a newspaper obituary. Thirty years ago, the nation was in the throes of a crack cocaine crisis. Inner-city neighborhoods were destroyed by violence, and countless families were ripped apart, as users succumbed and dealers were rounded up and incarcerated. Countless African-American families continue to bear the crippling scars of that earlier drug epidemic, which was treated strictly as a criminal problem as opposed to a medical problem. It seems that we've learned certain important lessons. Now that the face of the current epidemic is overwhelmingly white, we've seemed to come to the understanding that a nation cannot simply arrest and incarcerate itself out of a drug problem. I consider that progress. In some ways, we seem to be evolving. Too many lives and families have been destroyed when medical challenges -- be they mental or physiological -- were treated strictly as criminal challenges. That goes to the heart of the daunting and complicated nature of the synthetic opioid rage this nation currently confronts. We're far from alone. Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected president of the Philippines, was swept into office in large part due to a horrific pledge that he would attack that country's crippling crime epidemic by killing drug dealers. A little over 60 days into his term, an estimated 1,300 to 1,900 suspected dealers or users have been killed in a violent crackdown. The bloodletting has had an immediate effect. More than 680,000 people have surrendered to the government, pledging to kick their habit and begging for help. The Philippine government's response to the massive outcry for help: It now offers Zumba and other exercise classes as treatment options. Meanwhile, the extrajudicial killing of suspected Filipino dealers and addicts continues unabated. In America, we can be encouraged and mindful that the search continues for humane treatment and prevention strategies, even as the opioid crisis rages completely out of control.
32 points by The Plain Dealer | Opioid Morphine Heroin Drug addiction Cocaine Drug Addiction Opium
India offers joint mechanism to neighbours to fight illegal activities
India has mooted the idea of setting up a joint mechanism with neighbouring countries to stop drug trafficking and illegal crossing over of people.
107 points by | Illegal drug trade Smuggling India New Delhi Delhi Drug Gang Heroin
National Guard counterdrug unit has been active in New Hampshire for decades
State Sen. Jeanie Forrester’s plan to use the National Guard to help fight New Hampshire’s drug crisis has been one of the most contentious issues so far in the Republican race for governor.But New Hampshire National Guard members have assisted local law enforcement and community organizations to ke...
26 points by Concord Monitor | Police Constable Drug addiction Heroin United States National Guard Chief of police Law enforcement and society New Hampshire
Recovering drug addict turns himself into a triathlon champion
SYLVANIA, OH - Todd Crandell knows how to overcome extreme obstacles.       
428 points by USA Today | Drug addiction Addiction Triathlon Alcoholism Running Heroin Morphine Substance abuse
5 deportations in 10 years for suspected drug dealer
A Dominican immigrant and suspected drug dealer who has used at least 14 aliases while in this country has been deported a whopping five times over the past decade — four of them from Massachusetts — in a case that highlights the revolving door in a lax immigration system, a Herald probe found.
824 points by Boston Herald | Illegal drug trade Heroin MDMA Gang Immigration to the United States Illegal immigration Drug Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
Duterte's crackdown: 6 stories from the front lines
Lifeless bodies lying on the streets of the Philippines are a visceral sign of new President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
4491 points by CNN | Illegal drug trade Heroin Drug Drug addiction Constable Police Clandestine chemistry Smuggling
Ohio judge orders immunity for any suspects turning in drugs
A county judge Wednesday ordered immunity from prosecution for anyone who turns in heroin or other potentially deadly drugs.
25 points by Daily News | Opioid Fentanyl Drug addiction Judge Heroin Joe Deters Hamilton County Ohio Police
Felon tied to Cleveland smash-and-grab ring
Charles Frett, 35, is accused of being part of a smash-and-grab ring that stole more than 50 ATM thefts from stores throughout Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Streetsboro man with a decade's worth of drug trafficking convictions is now accused of being part of a large smash-and-grab ring that prosecutors linked to more than 50 ATM thefts across Northeast Ohio. Charles Frett, 35, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest. Frett is accused of being part of large group that planned and carried out dozens of smash-and-grab robberies at area businesses in Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Lorain and Lake counties. The thefts caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. Frett was identified as one of several people seen going to and from a stash-house on Pratt Avenue where police say the members would tear apart the stolen ATMs with blow torches and other tools. The group is charged in 10 robberies in five counties, including some that took less than two minutes to execute. Frett is the second person charged after an 11-person, 74-count indictment was announced by county prosecutors. Robert Davis, 31, was charged Aug. 25 with being part of the ring and charges against his father were dropped. More charges are expected to be added as detectives keep probing the case. Prosecutors said 11 men -- led by Lamar Speights, Christopher Freeman, Rc Crum -- ran an elaborate operation that targeted businesses that kept ATMs in the front of windows near the entrance. The group typically used a stolen van to crash through the front of businesses and into the bolted-down cash machines, according to investigators. The impact knocked the ATMs off their bases. They loaded the machines into a stolen van and drove away. Frett has been convicted of drug dealing four times since 2002, including once in 2014 where he was arrested with 14 baggies of marijuana he was preparing for sale in the presence of his then-2-year-old son.  If you'd like to comment on this story, visit our crime and courts comments section.
761 points by The Plain Dealer | Criminal law Crime Automated teller machine Illegal drug trade Drug Greater Cleveland Heroin Ohio
'Our antidote...ineffective': Opioid epidemic worsens as elephant tranquilizer causes mass overdoses
?Carfentanil is a tranquilizer for elephants and zoo animals, but the rare opioid has found its way into heroin supplies. Now it’s wreaking havoc with a potency that exceeds the opioid-reversing abilities of drugs available to law enforcement. Read Full Article at RT.com
197 points by Russia Today | Opioid Naloxone Morphine Heroin Drug addiction Drug overdose Opioids Police
Maryland Democrats announce pair of bills to battle heroin crisis
Some three-dozen Democratic members of the General Assembly gathered Friday to announce a pair of bills they think could help battle the rising rate of heroin overdose deaths across Maryland.The bills, which form part of a broader package of legislation, focus on educating people about the dangers...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Opioid Drug addiction Heroin Morphine Addiction Naloxone Bill Clinton Drug
Ex-jail worker gets 6 years in prison for extorting inmates
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A former county jail employee in northeastern Pennsylvania who extorted money and drugs from inmates in return for special privileges has been sentenced to six years in prison.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Drug addiction Illegal drug trade Prison Drug Heroin Witness tampering Cocaine Lawyer
Vegas doctor, 93, convicted in opioid pill mill conspiracy
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 93-year-old Las Vegas doctor has been convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other painkillers that ended up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers. A federal court jury found Dr. Henri Wetselaar guilty Thursday of all 11 drug and money laundering-related counts ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Jury Opioid Codeine Morphine Drug addiction Heroin English-language films Court
State police help save woman overdosing at Thompson Center
Illinois State Police helped save a woman Thursday afternoon after she passed out in a restroom while taking heroin, officials said. Shortly before 1 p.m., the officers were alerted to a women's restroom in the James R. Thompson Center. When they arrived they found a female lying on the floor in...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Illinois Woman Morphine Naloxone Heroin James R. Thompson Center Opioid United States
Dozens held in drug ring operating on block targeted in '90s Fed probe
More than 50 people, most alleged members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang, are charged in connection with a drug ring operating in the Lawndale neighborhood, including on a block that was the focus of a 1990s federal prosecution of the same gang, authorities said Thursday. The federal and...
17 points by Chicago Tribune | Organized crime Gang Illegal drug trade Federal Bureau of Investigation Cocaine Drug addiction Drug Enforcement Administration Heroin
Feds: Killer ran Victory Inn brothel, is on the run
Darrick Bell allegedly controlled team of pimps and drug dealers who overtook the Victory Inn motel        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Federal Bureau of Investigation Detroit Prostitution Human trafficking Illegal drug trade Heroin Smuggling Drug
Maryland doctors win concessions on Hogan proposal to limit pain pill prescriptions
Maryland's doctors are on course to turn back Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to put strict limits on prescribing addictive opioid pain pills after securing major concessions Tuesday from a key House of Delegates panel. The bill — proposed by Hogan to battle the state's heroin crisis — would have limited...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Opioid Morphine Drug addiction Heroin Codeine Legislature Pain Hydrocodone
Police: Major drug bust spanned Anne Arundel, Baltimore counties and Baltimore City
Police arrested four men after officers seized thousands of dollars in drugs and cash from three homes they say were part of a drug distribution ring spanning Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. Anne Arundel police said officers began investigating a suspected heroin drug ring...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Heroin Maryland Anne Arundel County Maryland Illegal drug trade Morphine Howard County Maryland Baltimore County Maryland Opioid
‘Trump Troubadour’ feels ‘betrayed’ by President’s health plan
A Trump-stumping cowboy who lost his son to heroin overdose now feels “betrayed” by the President’s health plan.
-1 points by Daily News | Morphine Drug addiction Heroin 2007 singles Addiction Health care Naloxone Opioid
Rehab-bound passenger's heroin overdose forces plane back to JFK
A 24-year-old Long Island man flying to Florida on his way to drug rehab overdosed on the plane, forcing an emergency landing.
-1 points by Daily News | John F. Kennedy International Airport United Airlines New York City Queens Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Heroin AirTrain JFK JetBlue Airways
Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Opioid Morphine Heroin Drug addiction Opium Methamphetamine Hydrocodone Buprenorphine
Thousands march against Duterte's war on drugs
Filipino Catholics condemn a 'spreading culture of violence' as the president's anti-drug campaign kills thousands.
111 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Torture Ferdinand Marcos Extrajudicial punishment Human rights abuses Philippines Heroin Amnesty International
Number of Maryland babies born with drugs in their system growing
Amanda Ashley's baby daughter trembled uncontrollably. Her scream rang through the intensive care unit — high-pitched and shrill. She was so agitated no amount of rocking or cuddling could soothe her. Her baby was suffering from symptoms of heroin and buprenorphine withdrawal, and Ashley — who...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Drug addiction Heroin Addiction Opioid Morphine Intensive care medicine Withdrawal Infant
4 Wayne Co. prosecutors in trouble for backing crooked Detroit cop
The government says a Detroit police officer deserves 20 years in prison for scheming with drug dealers to make money.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Illegal drug trade Prosecutor Jury Drug Heroin
Political fact-check: Drugs are not cheaper than candy bars
An analysis of a claim made by President Trump.
5 points by The Washington Post | Illegal drug trade Drug Heroin Cost Price Candy bars Candy Drug addiction
Needle exchange bills make way through Legislature
Epidemiologist Robin Pollini researches infectious disease resulting from IV drug use, everywhere from California and Tijuana, Mexico, to Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire’s Strafford County. In her 17 years on the job, she hasn’t seen a place suffering as badly as New Hampshire, except for...
53 points by Concord Monitor | Heroin Morphine Drug injection Drug addiction Drug New Hampshire Addiction Infectious disease
House panel advances bill to combat drug addiction
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A House committee has advanced a bill to combat Kentucky's drug-addiction problems by taking aim at drug dealers and the overprescribing of painkillers. The measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday after winning an endorsement from Gov. Matt Bevin. The governor said no amount of ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Heroin Drug addiction Morphine Addiction United States House Committee on the Judiciary Opioid Substance abuse Kentucky
N.J. limits opioid prescriptions, requires insurers to cover drug treatment
The law limits doctors to prescribing no more than five days of opioids, with exceptions for cancer and hospice patients. The restriction is "the country's strongest maximum limit," Gov. Christie said.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Drug addiction Addiction Opioid Morphine Heroin Codeine Substance abuse Drug
California state senator proposes banning prescriptions of powerful painkiller oxycodone for those under 21
Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricting reform Feb. 15, 2017, 1:01 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry...
34 points by Los Angeles Times | Drug addiction Heroin Addiction Morphine California Drug Substance abuse Illegal drug trade
Woman charged in drug case dies after 'medical emergency' at Cuyahoga County Jail
Nadine Stanley, 37, died after a "medical emergency" at the Cuyahoga County Jail. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A woman in the Cuyahoga County Jail on drug dealing charges died Wednesday after suffering from a "medical emergency" at the jail, officials said. Nadine Stanley, 37, of Cleveland was initially treated at the jail, then taken to Lutheran Hospital, where she died, according to Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan. Madigan said they are releasing no further information about the death, or whether anything was found inside Stanley's cell that would indicate why she became ill. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. Madigan said all deaths of inmates trigger an internal investigation.  Stanley was in jail on $1,500 bond after being arrested in January in a drug-dealing investigation. She appeared in court Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing.  Cleveland police on Jan. 3 raided her home in the 2200 block of West 53rd Street, just north of Clark Avenue and next to Clark Elementary School. Police found she and another man-- Antwaun Stanley, 40-- were selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to court records. They also found digital scales and drug packaging material inside the home, court records say. Stanley also has two other drug-related convictions since 1998.   To comment on this story, visit Wednesday's crime and courts comments page.
204 points by The Plain Dealer | Illegal drug trade Heroin Illness Crime Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Cuyahoga County Ohio Morphine Cleveland
State police break up fentanyl lab in Detroit
Police make arrest, four children removed from home in the city's west side        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Morphine Heroin Opioid Pethidine Codeine Detroit Controlled Substances Act Sheriff
Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war
MANILA (Reuters) - Before Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could allow children as young as nine to be targeted in a crackdown that has since claimed more than 7,600 lives.
2150 points by Reuters | Illegal drug trade Crime Police Drug Constable Human rights Heroin Drug addiction
Trump administration sanctions Venezuelan vice president over drug trafficking
The US has sanctioned Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for alleged drug trafficking, saying that he “facilitated shipments of narcotics” and “oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of over 1,000 kilograms” from Venezuela. Read Full Article at RT.com
875 points by Russia Today | Illegal drug trade Barack Obama Venezuela Drug cartel Heroin Drug Morphine Gang
Cost of overdose drug could hamper access in Maryland and elsewhere
The price of a drug that has saved the lives of more than 800 people overdosing on heroin or other opioids in Baltimore is rising rapidly. The antidote known as naloxone revives addicts after they've stopped breathing, with either a simple spray in their nose or an injection. The use of naloxone...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Heroin Opioid Morphine Drug addiction Addiction Codeine Cocaine Drug
Fourth person saved in Lake County from opioid overdose in 2017
A woman was saved from an opioid overdose on Saturday when deputies administered three doses of Naloxone in north suburban Beach Park.
4 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Drug overdose Naloxone Opioid Heroin United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Police Morphine