Synthetic opioids

FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Tony Clark, executive director of the baseball players' union, talks to reporters before a spring training baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
December 04, 2019 - 4:17 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2005 file photo, the offices of Teva Pharmaceuticals North America are seen in Horsham, Pa. At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation of their roles in a nationwide addiction and overdose crisis. The Wall Street Journal first reported the investigation Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, citing unnamed sources familiar with the probe. (AP Photo/George Widman, File)
November 27, 2019 - 12:45 pm
At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation over whether they violated federal law as they shipped more drugs amid the growing nationwide addiction and overdose crisis. The Wall Street Journal first reported the...
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November 21, 2019 - 12:26 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. Federal authorities in Virginia said Thursday that the 32-year-old New Jersey woman got three years and nine months in...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout rounds second to advance to third from first on a single by Shohei Ohtani against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Trout was having another spectacular year for the Angels when right foot problems ended his season early. He did not play after Sept. 7 and was limited to 134 games. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
November 14, 2019 - 9:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect. And still, nobody did it better in the American League. Trout overcame injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award...
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November 14, 2019 - 3:47 pm
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state medical examiners have confirmed that an Olympic discus thrower found dead in his hotel room in September died from a fentanyl overdose. KOMO-TV reports that Snohomish County medical examiners ruled that the death of 42-year-old Jarred Rome was an accident...
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A trial continues as fentanyl drug traffickers are sentenced in court, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Xingtai, north China's Hebei Province. The court sentenced at least nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. (Jin Liangkuai/Xinhua via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 7:58 pm
XINGTAI, China (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers on Thursday in a case that is the culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced...
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November 07, 2019 - 12:20 pm
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has scheduled what could be the second state-level trial in the U.S. on the toll of opioids. Judge Jerry Garguilo on Wednesday set a trial date of Jan. 20 for claims brought by the state attorney general and the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk...
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November 06, 2019 - 6:27 pm
A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday agreed to keep nearly 2,700 lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and hundreds more against the family members who own the company on hold until at least April so the sides can keep working toward a settlement. A lawyer for Purdue, the maker of the...
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October 30, 2019 - 12:54 pm
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma paid its CEO $9 million and its board chairman nearly $4 million in the 12 months before the company's bankruptcy filing last month, according to financial documents filed with the bankruptcy court this week. Five other board members overseeing the private company were...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels say they do not know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Skaggs, as detailed in a report on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug Enforcement Agency he had provided opioids to Skaggs and used them with the pitcher for years, according to the ESPN report Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Kay reportedly watched as Skaggs snorted three lines of crushed pills in his hotel room in Texas, on the night before he was found dead. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
October 23, 2019 - 8:00 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union are optimistic talks are progressing on testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. "The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing...
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