drugs

China carfentanil ban a ‘game-changer’ for opioid epidemic

SHANGHAI (AP)(STL.News) — So deadly it’s considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China’s Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America’s opioid epidemic. “It shows China’s attitude as … Continue reading China carfentanil ban a ‘game-changer’ for opioid epidemic

5 things to know about America’s synthetic-opioid epidemic

America’s synthetic-opioid epidemic WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Government scientists say they’re seeing the emergence of a new class of deadly drugsbuilt to mimic the potent prescription painkiller fentanyl. What you need to know: ___ DOZENS OF VARIANTS The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Testing and Research Laboratory has around 50 fentanyl-related compounds in its drugs database. … Continue reading 5 things to know about America’s synthetic-opioid epidemic

Report: DEA records show W. Va. flooded with painkillers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)(STL.News) — Drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years, a period when 1,728 people fatally overdosed on these two painkillers, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. That amounts to 433 of the frequently abused opioid pills for every man, woman and child … Continue reading Report: DEA records show W. Va. flooded with painkillers

Drugs, alcohol not involved in bus crash that killed 5 kids

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)(STL.News) — A school bus driver had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he careened off a road and smashed into a tree, killing five elementary schoolchildren, police said Wednesday. Chattanooga Police Sgt. Austin Garrett said a toxicology test was performed on Johnthony Walker, 24, the bus driver now in jail … Continue reading Drugs, alcohol not involved in bus crash that killed 5 kids