Stories tagged: fentanyl
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency …
UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019
Sharona Carroll was the 13th person to die in the county’s custody since 2015, and at least the second inmate whose death was linked to contraband drugs.
UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019
Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was among the many drugs confiscated during arrests of
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to …
Thu., Feb. 14, 2019
Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018
It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts …
Wed., Dec. 5, 2018
Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018
Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …
Wed., Sept. 5, 2018
A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.
UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018
With 10 overdose deaths in Skagit County this year – at least six of which the Skagit County Coroner’s Office suspects may be fentanyl-related – the drug wreaking havoc throughout …
Mon., March 26, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS – A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body …
UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018
Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017
U.S. prosecutors brought a fraud and racketeering case Thursday against the founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017
U.S. prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals who sold fentanyl to American customers over the Internet in a massive international conspiracy case, the Justice Department announced Tuesday
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs …
Wed., June 7, 2017
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017
The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in the state last year,
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017
Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016
A Des Moines hospital says a pharmacy tech has admitted that he removed a potent painkiller from hundreds of vials and replaced it with saline solution.
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016
It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016
A rise in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and other powerful additives prompted two federal advisory committees on Wednesday to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
The disclosure that some pills found at Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests the pills came to the superstar …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS – Some of the pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more …
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016
A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …
Thu., June 2, 2016
Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.
UPDATED: Thu., June 2, 2016
CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at …
Tue., April 19, 2016
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed one of three local fatal drug overdoses on March 9 was related to heroin. William L. Hubbard, 21, died from an …
Fri., April 1, 2016
The death toll from suspected overdoses of a powerful painkiller on the streets of the Sacramento, Calif., region rose to nine Friday as officials raced to find the source of …
Thu., March 10, 2016
Federal agents have raided a Seattle home to remove dangerous chemicals used to make the synthetic opiate known as fentanyl.