Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, rising to almost 2,300 pounds (1,040 kilograms) from around 405 pounds ( 184 kilograms) last year, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market — methamphetamines — is slower. […]

2 Marines accused in drug overdose case of fellow Marine

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were arrested Tuesday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges the lance corporals were involved in selling drugs to Marines, including to a fellow Marine who died from an overdose. Lance Cpls. Anthony Ruben Whisenant and Ryan Douglas White were arrested at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, […]

Lawyers for ex-cops raise Floyd’s history of crime, drug use

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death is highlighting Floyd’s past crimes and history of drug use, calling him an ex-con and “evident danger to the community.” Another is seizing on Floyd’s medical issues and addiction, saying he likely died from fentanyl, not a knee […]

San Francisco sues 28 alleged dealers to stop flow of drugs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where drug dealing and drug use in broad daylight is common, in an effort to clean up the area that has seen the city’s largest number of overdose deaths, authorities announced Thursday. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said […]

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn’t curbed abuse, overdoses

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or deaths. The conclusion from the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel comes more than a decade after Purdue Pharma revamped its blockbuster […]

In Mexico, crime, problems resist president’s solutions

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s problems of crime and violence are so deeply rooted and seemingly intractable that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s best efforts appear to be falling short, and his programs are barely making a dent in long-established illicit activities. On Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed that gunmen pulled up to a wake being held […]

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