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.”
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.
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.”
Three Allegheny County residents were arrested by state police Wednesday after troopers found drugs and a gun in a car traveling on Route 22 in Westmoreland County, according to court papers.
The vehicle was pulled over in the westbound lanes in Salem Township at 2:15 a.m. for a violation. Police identified Nicholas Antonio Miller, 30, of Brookline, as the driver and Samantina Maria Perri, 29, of Crafton and Joseph J. Baughman, 37, of Green Tree, as passengers.
The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade.
Trade tensions with allies were heightened by the White House announcement in March of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. On Friday, another round of tariffs specifically targeting China took effect.