Prosecutors get new power if drug deal causes death

It says: “Any person who, for consideration, intentionally distributes any controlled substance or counterfeit substance in violation of this section and another person dies as a direct result of using that substance, the sentence for the principal felony shall be enhanced by increasing the class of the … Read...
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Oak Bay student dies of suspected drug overdose

“A member of our community … died by an unintentional drug overdose this morning.” The letter, which names the student, says his Oak Bay parents gave the school permission to share the information with parents. It says the student was a “member of our community” and attended Oak...
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Parents enter pleas. are sentenced, in child's overdose death

YOUNGSTOWN. Joshua Essad decided to change his mind and plead guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to charges relating to the opiate overdose death of his daughter when he learned the child’s mother would receive less prison time than him. Mark Lavelle, Essad’s lawyer, told Judge … Read...
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Editorial: A strategy for combating opioid addiction

There is no mystery behind the social conditions driving rampant drug abuse in our society. While the growing number of overdose deaths among middle-class youths pushed the epidemic into the spotlight, many of the hardest hit communities suffer from declining local economies. Hope left town when … Read more: ...
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Opioid overdoses lead to organ donor opportunities

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – People are seeing the effects of the opioid crisis in an unexpected way. A study by the Annals of Internal Medicine says the number of organ donations nationwide are increasing, and a higher percentage of those are due to drug overdoses. Overdose–death donors … ...
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Police: Cash, cocaine, paraphernalia found at Wilton man's home

Dennis Ayala, 55, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs. The investigation and resulting search warrant of Ayala’s residence was prompted by the overdose death of a Wyman Township man Sunday. Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said although information police … Read more: Police: Cash, cocaine,...
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Sister of OD victim: 'I was too late to save him'

Brittany Gates, his sister, watched as paramedics tried to revive him, she said, performing CPR and giving him doses of naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug. But it was too late. Bryan Gates, 29, was pronounced dead after suffering a drug overdose. “He was trying so hard, and he was...
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