Lt. Gov. John Fetterman starts marijuana hearings in central Pennsylvania

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour is moving to western Pennsylvania as he aims to take the state’s pulse on whether the drug should be legalized for recreational use.

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Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

A former office manager for Dr. Nabil Jabbour, a Greensburg physician facing federal charges for illegal distribution of Suboxone and money laundering, was among five people state police arrested Wednesday by on charges of being conspirators in an alleged drug acquisition operation.

Residents charged with being part of the drug-acquisition conspiracy are Rhonda D. Anthony, 42, Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, and Adam L. Fincik, 35, all of West Newton; and Rebecca R. Carwithen, 24, of Monessen.

Source: Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

DRUGGED DRIVING: Police changing tactics with drugged driving on rise

A Governors Highway Safety Association study found more than 43 percent of drivers in fatal crashes in 2016 had drugs in their system. At the same time, close to 38 percent of drivers involved in deadly crashes tested positive for alcohol.

And, because Breathalyzers and field sobriety tests can’t determine if someone is high, local police departments are investing in drug recognition experts.

Source: DRUGGED DRIVING: Police changing tactics with drugged driving on rise

Virginia state trooper dies after getting shot during drug raid – ABC News

A Virginia State Police trooper who was shot in the line of duty Monday night has died.

Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, a member of the state police’s tactical team, was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a home near the town of Farmville, Virginia. An armed man inside the residence opened fire on the team shortly before 10 p.m. local time Monday, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

Source: Virginia state trooper dies after getting shot during drug raid – ABC News

Fentanyl seized by Border Patrol in record bust could have killed 57M, officials say | Fox News

A Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Saturday with enough fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans, according to an internal memo first reported on Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Source: Fentanyl seized by Border Patrol in record bust could have killed 57M, officials say | Fox News

Gov. Wolf says PA should look into marijuana legalization | AL DÍA News

Should New Jersey and New York legalize cannabis in the near future, and yield successful results from doing so, Pennsylvania may be primed to follow suit.

During a Twitter Q&A last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signaled his interest in taking a closer look at legalizing recreational marijuana.

Up until last week, Wolf has said that the state isn’t ready to legalize cannabis. However, he pointed to the fact that other states have been successful in their legalization efforts, and as a result Pennsylvania should take a “serious and honest look” at following suit.

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More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, and we need to keep learning from their efforts. Any change would take legislation. But I think it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.

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Source: Gov. Wolf says PA should look into marijuana legalization | AL DÍA News

Prinston Pharmaceuticals recalls irbesartan blood pressure medicines

A drug company on Friday announced the recall of eight more lots of irbesartan blood pressure medication after testing revealed the drugs contained trace amounts of a carcinogen.

Prinston Pharmaceuticals recalled one lot of irbesartan tablets and seven lots of irbesartan HCTZ tablets. The medication contained unacceptable levels of the probable carcinogen nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, the company said.

The drugs ingredients were made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, a factory in China that has been linked to several recalls of commonly prescribed blood pressure drugs since July. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter and halted all new drug shipments from Zhejiang Huahai since uncovering a series of problems at the factory.

 

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Police: Greensburg nurse diverted fentanyl, other medication from hospital | TribLIVE

A Greensburg registered nurse was arrested Tuesday for allegedly diverting prescription medication while she worked at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, according to court papers.

Julie Dawn Zetkulic, 43, is accused by the state attorney general’s office of taking narcotic pain relievers from the hospital’s pharmacy over a four-month period. She is free on $20,000 unsecured bond on two counts of acquisition by misrepresentation.

Source: Police: Greensburg nurse diverted fentanyl, other medication from hospital | TribLIVE

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road : NPR

For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council.

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council’s analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.

“The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl,” the council said in a statement released Monday.

Source: Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road : NPR

Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given the death penalty in Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning after an appeals court last month agreed with prosecutors that Schellenberg’s original punishment was too lenient.

The court on Monday said Schellenberg had an “extremely large” negative impact on China and was a “core member” of an international drug ring.

Source: Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

3 arrested in drug bust at Munhall home | WPXI

Police arrested three people after a months-long investigation resulted in a raid on Munhall home and the seizure of drugs and guns.

Source: 3 arrested in drug bust at Munhall home | WPXI

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Apparent drug manufacturing lab found in McCandless | WPXI

An apparent drug manufacturing lab was discovered Wednesday evening in McCandless, police said.

The discovery was made at a home, which was searched and rendered safe by McCandless police officers and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team, according to a post on the McCandless Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

Source: Apparent drug manufacturing lab found in McCandless | WPXI

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2 Phila. drug dealers arrested in Johnstown motel, police say | WJAC

Two Philadelphia drug dealers were arrested in a Johnstown motel Thursday, police said.

Police said 19-year-old Joseph Cobb and 36-year-old Anthony Finny are facing charges after large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine were found inside two rooms at the Town Manor Motel on Johns Street.

Police said they were originally at the motel to investigate drug activity when they found drugs in the two men’s rooms.

They later served a search warrant and said that’s when they found the large amounts of heroin, cocaine, Suboxone and over $1,000.

Police said there was also paraphernalia related to the weighing and packaging of illegal drugs.

Both men are being held in the Cambria County Prison.

Source: 2 Phila. drug dealers arrested in Johnstown motel, police say | WJAC