Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug, overtakes heroin, CDC says

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced Wednesday, with over 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016.

Overall, more than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, according to the new report, which was prepared by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an average of 174 deaths per day.

The study also said that many people who die due to overdoses have multiple drugs in their system, “We’ve had a tendency to think of these drugs in isolation,” Dr. Holly Hedegaard, lead author of the report, told HuffPost. “It’s not really what’s happening.”

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Pittsburgh police nab felon on drug, gun charges | TribLIVE

A Pittsburgh man convicted of manslaughter in the 1996 slaying of an off-duty city police officer was jailed this week on multiple drug and gun charges after police allegedly found drugs and a gun in his vehicle.

Tyrek Jrevae Booker, 40, was arrested Thursday when, police say, they smelled marijuana in his car and saw partially burned marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray during a traffic stop.

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K-9 tracks suspected drug dealer who fled attempted arrest in Greensburg | TribLIVE

By Renatta Signorini

A Hempfield man who police said fled from an alleged drug deal Friday afternoon was found by a police dog hiding under a shed deck in Greensburg, according to court papers.

Jeannette police dog Arees tracked Morton and found him hiding on a Lemington Street property, according to the complaint.

Morton is charged with possession with intent to deliver, escape, flight to avoid apprehension and numerous other related offenses.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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Police: Girl, 5, seeks help after South Greensburg mom’s drug overdose | TribLIVE

A 5-year-old girl got help from a neighbor after her mother apparently overdosed on drugs this month in South Greensburg, according to police.

Marissa Ann Maddy, 26, was charged Wednesday with child endangerment.

Police were called to Reamer Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and found Maddy unresponsive on the second floor. A neighbor who was summoned by Maddy’s daughter directed police to a hypodermic needle nearby, according to a criminal complaint. Officers also found an empty stamp bag of heroin and a metal spoon elsewhere in the house.

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Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse to tell authorities his drug paraphernalia was stolen

Keith Cavalier, 28, has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building.

News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen.

No one was hurt.

Cavalier has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building. The Gulfport man is being held in the county jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

County offices were closed Monday for Veterans Day.

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Cops: Men stopped on turnpike in Westmoreland County with $90K of meth | TribLIVE

Troopers stopped two Pittsburgh men Tuesday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County for making unsafe lane changes, then found a kilogram of suspected methamphetamine plus 6 ounces of marijuana inside their rental vehicle, according to state police.

Dana F. Brown Jr., 31, and Reza Romeo Keyhan, 35, were arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance before acting District Judge Mark Mansour of Hempfield. He set bond at $50,000 each.

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Prescription drugs keep popping up in dietary supplements – BGR

If you choose to take an over-the-counter supplement for weight loss, muscle building, or even sexual enhancement you probably trust what it says on the bottle. The labels are often filled with vitamins, minerals, and other substances meant to make you look or feel better, but you might also be getting something you never intended.

A new study published in JAMA Network Open offers an all-encompassing look at instances of prescription drugs being found in many different supplements, and it happens with startling regularity. A shocking 20% of supplements tested by the Food and Drug Administration was found to contain prescription medications that had no business being included.

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