drugs

Actor Michael K. Williams poses for a portrait at the Beverly Hilton during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Apr 6, 2023

Drug dealer pleads guilty in death of ‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams

A Brooklyn drug dealer pleaded guilty to providing “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams with fentanyl-laced heroin, causing his death.

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk
Mar 8, 2023

Md. bill targets fentanyl deaths through safe centers for drug users

The mounting number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths has prompted Democratic lawmakers to propose legislation that would pilot creation of safe spaces for drug users.

A reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly after a news conference about deaths from fentanyl exposure, at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Mar 7, 2023

Md. legislation requiring fentanyl tests aims to save lives

A bill in the Maryland General Assembly could change how hospitals test for different classes of drugs, including fentanyl.

Dec 19, 2022

Garland moves to end disparities in crack cocaine sentencing

Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken action to end sentencing disparities that have imposed harsher penalties for different forms of cocaine and worsened racial inequity.

Supplies are shown on a desk at Safer Inside, a realistic model of a safe injection site in San Francisco on Aug. 29, 2018. The Justice Department is signaling it might be open to allowing so-called safe injection sites, or safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics with protections against fatal overdoses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Feb 7, 2022

Justice Dept. signals it may allow safe drug injection sites

A year after winning a major court battle against the opening of so-called safe injection sites, the Justice Department is signaling it might be open to allowing them.

Nov 23, 2021

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said.

Nov 10, 2021

Maryland man sentenced for distributing heroin on dark web

A man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for advertising and distributing heroin on the dark web, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.

Oct 7, 2021

Maryland man on release facing federal drugs, firearms charges

A federal grand jury has indicted an Elkridge man for committing crimes while he was on federal supervised release, prosecutors said.

Attorneys and staff associated with a federal trial of pharmacies, CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart, leave the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Oct. 4, 2021. The pharmacies are being sued by Ohio counties Lake and Trumbull for their part in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Oct 5, 2021

Pharmacy companies blameless for opioid crisis, attorneys say

There is no evidence that retail pharmacy chains contributed to the opioid crisis, attorneys for three of the companies argued during opening statements.

Sep 20, 2021

Plan to use OxyContin profits to fight opioids formally approved

A judge formally approved a plan to turn OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma into a new company with its profits going to fight the opioid epidemic.

Lynn Wencus of Wrentham, Mass., holds a sign with a picture of her son Jeff and wears a sign of others' loved ones lost to OxyContin and other opioids during a protest at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters Aug. 17, 2018, in Stamford, Conn. A landmark settlement in the nation’s opioid epidemic is forcing the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to give up the company and pay out $4.5 billion. “Am I happy they don’t have to admit guilt and give up all their money? Of course not,” said Wencus. “But what would that do? It doesn’t bring my son back and it doesn’t help those who are suffering." (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Sep 2, 2021

‘It’s done, just like our children’s lives’: Opioids settlement leaves families angry, conflicted

The prospect of families who lost loved ones in the opioid crisis facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners in a courtroom all but vanished Wednesday.

Jayde Newton helps to set up cardboard gravestones with the names of victims of opioid abuse outside the courthouse where the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy was taking place in White Plains, New York, on Aug. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Aug 18, 2021

Ex-head of Purdue Pharma denies responsibility for opioid crisis

The former president and board chair of Purdue Pharma told a court Wednesday that he, his family and the company are not responsible for the opioid crisis in the United States.

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