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DeWine Dismisses Proposal to Use Fentanyl for Executions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is dismissing a legislator’s proposal to use the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to execute death row inmates as the state struggles to find a drug combination to carry out lethal injections. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican governor says fentanyl, which has led to thousands of fatal overdoses in… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Using Confiscated Fentanyl For Executions

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The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state drugs to use in executions has capital punishment at a virtual standstill in Ohio. A state lawmaker said he has a possible solution. Ohio’s next execution is set for November, and one in December. But they’re very unlikely to go forward because the state is still… Read More

Former WV Deputy, Son Charged in Large Fentanyl Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a retired West Virginia sheriff’s deputy and his son have been indicted on federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Thursday announced the superseding indictment against 76-year-old Larry McCallister and 45-year-old Steven Dale McCallister. Stuart says 2.6 pounds of fentanyl were found during a raid at their home… Read More

West Virginia Deputy Hospitalized After Possible Fentanyl Exposure

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia deputy was hospitalized after coming into contact with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. WCHS-TV reports that Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said the deputy pulled over a man on Route 40 on Friday afternoon after the deputy thought the man was having a medical problem. Zerkle said when the… Read More

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New Data Show Opioid Deaths May Have Peaked, And Reveal Scale Of Past Pain Pill Sales

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Two newly released sets of government data show that the death toll from the nation’s opioid crisis may finally be dropping and also reveal the scale of the pain pill sales that help set the crisis in motion. The data for the Ohio Valley show how hard the region was hit and how hard people… Read More

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2nd Suit Filed Over Pain Meds Given To Near-Death Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney says a second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering that near-death hospital patients get potentially fatal doses of pain medicine. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System announced this week it has fired the doctor, notified authorities and removed 20 employees from patient care pending… Read More

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Coroner: Fatal Overdoses From Heroin Substitute On the Rise

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The coroner in Ohio’s largest county is seeing a rise in deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office in northeast Ohio says deaths from the fentanyl jumped from five in 2013 to 39 last year. And statistics released Wednesday show there have already been more than a dozen fentanyl-related deaths… Read More