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tom petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner says


on friday, his family said petty suffered from "unbearable pain" from a fractured hip prior to his death, plus emphysema and knee problems.        






trans-siberian orchestra founder died of overdose, coroner says


tampa, fla. — a florida medical examiner says paul o'neill, who founded the progressive metal band trans-siberian orchestra, died from an accidental drug overdose.the hillsborough county medical examiner in tampa wrote in an autopsy report dated may 25 that o'neill had methadone, codeine, diazepam and an antihistamine in his system when he died april 5 in tampa. the county released the report on tuesday.the cause of death for the 61-year-old was intoxication. the manner of death was drug abuse.o'neill was found dead in his hotel room by hotel staff at a tampa embassy suites.trans-siberian orchestra is well-known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers and pyrotechnics.






ohio officer suffers accidental overdose from powder on shirt after drug arrest


police say an ohio officer suffered an accidental overdose after a drug arrest when he touched powder on his shirt without realizing it was the powerful opiod fentanyl.he was treated with an overdose reversal drug after brushing off the powder with his hand and passing out friday in east liverpool, roughly 85 miles southeast of cleveland near the pennsylvania line.fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin, and a few specks can kill an adult.east liverpool police capt. patrick wright says the officer had followed protocol and wore gloves and a mask when searching a car during the drug arrest. but wright says the officer later instinctively wiped his shirt when another officer noticed powder on it.wright says the officer was fine by sunday.






los angeles county coroner investigating tom petty’s death


los angeles (ap) — the los angeles county coroner’s department is investigating the death of rocker tom petty.department spokesman ed winter says an autopsy was conducted tuesday but that further examination is needed to determine the exact cause of death.petty was 66 years old when he died monday at a hospital. a spokeswoman said he went into cardiac arrest at his malibu home.no foul play is suspected, but winter says the coroner investigates all deaths where the deceased hadn’t seen a doctor in six months.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.winter says results of toxicology screening — to determine whether petty had any drugs in his system — could take several weeks.






l.a. democratic donor's home was littered with drug paraphernalia after man died


the west hollywood apartment of a prominent democratic donor where a 26-year-old man was found dead of an overdose this summer was littered with drug paraphernalia, according to the man's autopsy report.the los angeles county coroner's report, which was obtained by the los angeles times on friday, says that gemmel moore died from an accidental methamphetamine overdose july 27 in the laurel avenue home of ed buck. the drug was injected into his body.advertisementparamedics found moore naked on a mattress in the living room with a "male pornography movie playing on the television," the report states.coroner's officials ruled moore's death an accident, and an initial review by sheriff's deputies found nothing suspicious. in august, los angeles county sheriff's homicide detectives launched a n






wisconsin county launches program to fight overdose deaths


kenosha, wis. — a southeast wisconsin county is making the drug used to reduce opioid overdoses more widely available in an attempt to fight opioid overdose deaths.the kenosha news (http://bit.ly/2qpqski ) reports that kenosha county's narcan distribution initiative will train law enforcement officials and others to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.trained individuals will then be able to distribute naloxone kits to addicts and instruct them on proper usage.overdose deaths from prescription drugs and heroin are the leading cause of accidental death in wisconsin. in kenosha county, there were 54 toxicity deaths — which includes suicides and accidental overdoses — in 2016, the highest total in at least five years.kenosha county division of health director cynthia johnson says the pro






painkiller prescribed for prince in another name


minneapolis (ap) — the latest on the investigation into the death of prince (all times local):9:05 a.m.a court document says a doctor prescribed oxycodone for prince under the name of the musician’s friend to protect his privacy.prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his paisley park home on april 21.autopsy results showed he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.according to search warrants unsealed monday, authorities searched paisley park, cellphone records of prince’s associates, and prince’s emails to try to determine where he got the fentanyl that killed him.the documents suggest prince was struggling with prescription opioid addiction.one affidavit says dr. michael todd schulenberg admitted






how is the drug fentanyl dangerous?


an ohio police officer, chris green, nearly died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, which he came in contact with after making a drug stop friday. although, he had used gloves and a mask while handling the substance at the crime scene, a small portion of it had remained on his uniform, reports said. green stopped…






coroner: mom dies while trying to clean from son’s overdose


johnstown, pa. (ap) — officials say a pennsylvania woman may have died after coming into contact with drugs while trying to clean up from her son’s suspected overdose.cambria county coroner jeff lees tells wjac-tv 69-year-old theresa plummer likely absorbed the substance through her skin or had a reaction that led to her shortness of breath.plummer died at a local hospital nov. 6.her 45-year-old son was hospitalized the previous day after she found him unresponsive in their home near johnstown. ronald plummer was pronounced dead nov. 7.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksthe coroner says he is waiting on toxicology reports for cause of death.lees says families in similar situations should call authorities to remove any substances left behind.___information from: wjac-t






'mum od'd again': children of the us drug crisis | health


dr john gabis has investigated so many drug-related deaths that he stopped counting. the chillicothe-based family medicine doctor and coroner of ross county has had a unique insight into the opioid crisis in ohio - counselling parents that struggle with addiction as well as investigating untimely, mostly drug-related, deaths.in 2015, the state of ohio had one of the us' highest overdose rates; one in nine us heroin deaths happened in ohio, according to a study by the kaiser family foundation.heroin use is growing in popularity. in 2016, the us centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) released a report listing heroin as one of the 10 drugs most frequently involved in drug overdose deaths, nationwide.the report also noted a 23 percent per year increase in drug overdose deaths between






'mum od'd again': children of the us drug crisis | usa


dr john gabis has investigated so many drug-related deaths that he stopped counting. the chillicothe-based family medicine doctor and coroner of ross county has had a unique insight into the opioid crisis in ohio - counselling parents that struggle with addiction as well as investigating untimely, mostly drug-related, deaths.in 2015, the state of ohio had one of america's highest overdose rates; one in nine us heroin deaths happened in ohio, according to a study by the kaiser family foundation.heroin use is growing in popularity. in 2016, the us centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) released a report listing heroin as one of the 10 drugs most frequently involved in drug overdose deaths, nationwide.the report also noted a 23 percent per year increase in drug overdose deaths betwe






ohio coroner scrambles for space after surge in opioid od deaths


the montgomery county, ohio, coroner’s office is so crammed with corpses that it has asked a local funeral parlor to take in bodies for “temporary storage.”the bodies just keep arriving. on thursday, two days into february, the coroner’s office in dayton, ohio, had already handled 25 deaths, 18 caused by drug overdoses. in january, the office processed 145 cases in which the victims’ bodies had been destroyed by opioid abuse.the montgomery county coroner’s office is so crammed with corpses that it has asked a local funeral parlor to take in four bodies for “temporary storage,” the first time it has had to make such a request, kenneth betz, director of the coroner’s office, said thursday.“we’re running at full capacity,” he said. “we’ve never experienced this volume of accidental drug overd






melissa mccarthy's sean spicer returns to 'snl' in easter bunny costume


it's been nearly a year since prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban minneapolis studio and estate, yet investigators still haven't interviewed a key associate or asked a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges are warranted, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.






the ongoing terrorist attack in ohio


there is an ongoing terrorist attack happening in ohio. it has nothing to do with the islamic state or political anarchists. the weapons in this case come in the form of heroin and other opioids, and the terrorists are the pushers who spread the deadly poison.from the columbus dispatch this spring: “at least 4,149 ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent leap from just the previous year, when ohio had by far the most overdose deaths in the nation. ... many coroners said that 2017’s overdose fatalities are outpacing 2016’s.”consider that number — 4,149 overdose deaths in ohio in one year, more than the number who died in the 9/11 attacks.the worst of the state’s opioid problems are in southern ohio. the highland county coroner provided our newspaper, the (hillsbo






autopsy: florida parents died of overdose with 3 kids in car


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — a florida couple found dead near their still-running suv with their three young children in the backseat died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, a medical examiner’s report says.daniel and heather kelsey of ormond beach were found around 2 a.m. on new year’s eve alongside interstate 4, according to the volusia county sheriff’s office. the couple’s three boys — ages 2, 1 and an infant — were inside the family’s suv, strapped into their car seats watching a movie.the sheriff’s office says autopsies showed no foul play or signs of trauma in the deaths of daniel, 32, and heather kelsey, 30.the medical examiner’s toxicology results took five months and said the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl was the cause of death.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4






overdose deaths hit 488 in b.c. so far this year, almost 200 more than this time


vancouver — british columbia’s coroners’ service says there were 136 suspected overdose deaths in the province in april.that amounts to almost double the number of deaths compared with the same month last year.the newest data bring the total number of overdose deaths in b.c. to 488 in the first four months of 2017. at this point last year, that number was 290.chief coroner lisa lapointe said in a statement that it’s concerning that more than half of the deaths occur in private residents and many drug users don’t take advantage of safe consumption sites.“i strongly urge those using illicit drugs to do so only at a safe consumption site or drug overdose prevention site, if one is accessible,” she said. “the risks associated with all illicit drugs in the province are extreme, and access to em






13-year-old boy dies of suspected heroin overdose


dayton, ohio -- a 13-year-old ohio boy died of a suspected heroin overdose, and his father has been jailed in a previous drug-related case, according to authorities.nathan wylie’s father and a co-worker frantically carried the unconscious boy on march 28 from a mechanic’s lot to a fire station next door, cbs dayton affiliate whio reports. they indicated that nathan got into his father’s drugs. a police report said medics administered four milligrams of narcan without any response before nathan was taken to a hospital because he was not breathing.playvideocbs this morningkentucky paramedics rush to as many as 25 drug overdoses a day president trump has given a new commission 90 days to come up with ideas to address the deadliest drug crisis in american history. more than 52,0... the boy die






state authorities confirm 11th overdose death from carfentanil


state authorities on monday confirmed an 11th overdose death from the drug carfentanil.the latest victim is a 63-year-old man from brooklyn park who died april 26 from a mix of carfentanil and trazodone, according to the hennepin county medical examiner's office. like all the deaths, which started in late january, the manner was ruled accidental.all but one of the deaths happened in the metro area.carfentanil is said to be 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another synthetic opioid.it is intended as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large animals, and ingesting just two salt-sized grains can be fatal for people, officials warn.routine drug screens do not detect the drug in humans, so samples must be sent to a specialized lab for testing.car






minn. authorities confirm 11th overdose death from carfentanil


minnesota authorities confirmed monday an 11th overdose death from the drug carfentanil.the latest victim is a 63-year-old man from brooklyn park who died april 26 from a mix of carfentanil and trazadone, according to the hennepin county medical examiner’s office. like all the deaths, which started in late january, the manner was ruled accidental.all but one of the deaths happened in the metro area.carfentanil is said to be 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another synthetic opioid. it is intended as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large animals, and ingesting just two salt-sized grains can be fatal for humans, officials warn.routine drug screens do not detect the drug in humans, so samples must be sent to a specialized lab for testing.c






aurora man charged with drug-induced homicide in fatal dekalb oasis overdose


an aurora man has been charged with drug-induced homicide after he sold a fentanyl-laced drug to a man who later died from an overdose after being found in a washroom at the dekalb tollway oasis, according to illinois state police.state police arrested victor d. peters, 31, of aurora, on charges of selling the drug to nicholas j. hessling, 27, of montgomery, police said in a news release. troopers responded to the dekalb oasis after hessling was discovered in a 7-eleven men’s restroom on dec. 10, police said.hessling was unresponsive and later pronounced dead by paramedics, police said. toxicology results showed hessling died of a drug overdose from high concentrations of fentanyl, according to police. state police did not say what the laced drug was.investigators determined that peters so






ohio county claims top spot in america’s opioid death spiral


scott weidle is struggling with the death of his son daniel, who died from a heroin overdose 18 months ago, one day after christmas.daniel, who was 30 when he died, was a father of three young boys: dylan, landon and gavin.“i got the call laying on the beach,” weidle, 58, said. “worst day of my life.”weidle, a sand and gravel contractor in montgomery county, ohio, said he could never have imagined his son becoming a statistic in the united states’ growing opioid crisis.“i have all kinds of emotions,” he said. “one day it’s outrage, one day i’m infuriated, and one day i’m in disbelief.”opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the united states in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the u.s. centers for disease control and pr






coroner: son of former fox news host died of mix of drugs


boulder, colo. (ap) — investigators in colorado say the son of former fox news host eric bolling died of a mix of cocaine and the painkiller fentanyl.the boulder county coroner’s office said thursday that 19-year-old eric chase bolling had a history of drug abuse and his sept. 8 death was accidental.in a tweet thursday night, the elder bolling thanked supporters for their prayers and urged people to fight the national drug epidemic.eric chase bolling, a sophomore at the university of colorado, was found dead in an apartment just hours after fox announced that his father was leaving the network.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.fox news announced it had parted ways with the host of “the specialists” after a huffington post story quoted anonymous sources as saying he






in opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose


bel air, md. — as cpl. kevin phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug narcan. drugs were easy to find: a package of heroin on the railing leading to a basement; another batch on a shelf above a nightstand.the deputy already had put on gloves and grabbed evidence baggies, his usual routine for canvassing a house. he swept the first package from the railing into a bag and sealed it; then a torn crayola crayon box went from the nightstand into a bag of its own. inside that basement nightstand: even more bags, but nothing that looked like drugs.then — moments after the man being treated by paramedics came to — the overdose hit."my face felt like it was burning. i fel






cedar lake family hopes honest obituary about addiction 'saves one person'


chris rekitzke knew that if he wrote his aunt's obituary, "there was no sugarcoating anything."in the first line, he wrote that on march 24, catherine altop, 32, of cedar lake, "lost her long battle with drug addiction." he scattered the bad with the good, mentioning "her demons" while also saying she "made the best fettuccine alfredo" and had the "the loudest laugh and biggest smile in the room."there was no alternative to writing it this way, said annie rekitzke, altop's older sister. typically when someone dies of an overdose, "it's a quick, simple obituary, and there's nothing telling you why," she said. but by "being blunt" in her sister's obituary, the hope is that it "gets one addict to read it and say, 'man, i don't want my mom or dad to have to write my obituary,'" and realize "it






cedar lake family hopes honest obituary about addiction 'saves one person'


chris rekitzke knew that if he wrote his aunt's obituary, "there was no sugarcoating anything."in the first line, he wrote that on march 24, catherine altop, 32, of cedar lake, ind., "lost her long battle with drug addiction." he scattered the bad with the good, mentioning "her demons" while also saying she "made the best fettuccine alfredo" and had the "loudest laugh and biggest smile in the room."there was no alternative to writing it this way, said annie rekitzke, altop's older sister. typically when someone dies of an overdose, "it's a quick, simple obituary, and there's nothing telling you why," she said. but by "being blunt" in her sister's obituary, the hope is that it "gets one addict to read it and say, 'man, i don't want my mom or dad to have to write my obituary,'" and realize "






cedar lake family hopes honest obituary about addiction 'saves one person'


chris rekitzke knew that if he wrote his aunt's obituary, "there was no sugarcoating anything."in the first line, he wrote that on march 24, catherine altop, 32, of cedar lake, "lost her long battle with drug addiction." he scattered the bad with the good, mentioning "her demons" while also saying she "made the best fettuccine alfredo" and had the "the loudest laugh and biggest smile in the room."there was no alternative to writing it this way, said annie rekitzke, altop's older sister. typically when someone dies of an overdose, "it's a quick, simple obituary, and there's nothing telling you why," she said. but by "being blunt" in her sister's obituary, the hope is that it "gets one addict to read it and say, 'man, i don't want my mom or dad to have to write my obituary,'" and realize "it






cedar lake family hopes honest obituary about addiction 'saves one person'


chris rekitzke knew that if he wrote his aunt's obituary, "there was no sugarcoating anything."in the first line, he wrote that on march 24, catherine altop, 32, of cedar lake, "lost her long battle with drug addiction." he scattered the bad with the good, mentioning "her demons" while also saying she "made the best fettuccine alfredo" and had the "the loudest laugh and biggest smile in the room."there was no alternative to writing it this way, said annie rekitzke, altop's older sister. typically when someone dies of an overdose, "it's a quick, simple obituary, and there's nothing telling you why," she said. but by "being blunt" in her sister's obituary, the hope is that it "gets one addict to read it and say, 'man, i don't want my mom or dad to have to write my obituary.'" and realize "it






mesa county man found in canal drowned, coroner says


the coroner’s office said a 46-year-old grand junction man found in a canal tuesday died from accidental drowning.delbert gray was found in a canal near 31 road and e 1/2 road near longs park on tuesday. gray had a blood-alcohol content of .32 percent, said victor yahn, chief deputy coroner.the legal limit for drivers is .08 percent.






in opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose


bel air, md. (ap) — a deputy’s nearly fatal overdose while investigating a drug scene recently underscores the dangers faced by those fighting the u.s. drug epidemic.cpl. kevin phillips of the harford county sheriff’s office in maryland says he investigated the scene as he’s done with countless others, putting on gloves and putting evidence in bags. but this time he was exposed to an extremely potent synthetic opiate that sickened him, requiring a dose of the life-saving antidote narcan.officials say the drug that sickened him, carfentanil, is being used by dealers to help stretch their heroin supplies.now, the sheriff’s office has purchased 100 kits with protective suits. deputies have been instructed not to field test drugs, but send evidence to a lab. and deputies are carrying higher do






name of colorado climber killed in fall released


boulder, colo. (ap) — a colorado rock climber who died after falling from the first flatiron in boulder has been identified.the boulder county coroner’s office on friday says 31-year-old erik kleiber, of boulder, died in the fall on thursday.the coroner’s office has conducted an autopsy, but the incident remains under investigation.the death marks the second fatal fall from the formation this year after a 17-year-old died while free-soloing the first flatiron in august. before that, no one had died due to an accidental fall on the flatirons since 2008.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






more visitors than locals died last year in summit county, coroner reports – the


the summit county coroner recorded a 82 deaths in 2016, according to the office’s annual report. that’s down slightly from 2015’s record 87 deaths, but still a significant increase from the 60 deaths in 2014.more than half — or 42 people — who died in summit county last year were visitors. cardiac-related issues were the most common cause of death, coroner regan wood said. high altitude can be difficult on the body’s circulation system and in several cases, the deceased had been cleared by their own doctors to travel to high elevations.the county also recorded 13 visitors who died by suicide.so far in 2017, 13 people have died in summit county. that includes two skier deaths and one case where the cause hasn’t been determined. the other 10 deaths were ruled accidental.read the full story o






carrie fisher died from 'sleep apnoea and other causes'


image copyrightreutersimage caption the coroner also cited heart disease and drug use as factors in carrie fisher's death star wars actress carrie fisher died from sleep apnoea and "other factors", the los angeles county coroner says.her death certificate said in january that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as princess leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest.but in a statement the la coroner said the exact cause was unknown.sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes.as well as listing sleep apnoea as a cause of death, the coroner's statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use.in a statement released to people magazine after the coroner's ruling, fisher's daughter lourd said: "my mom batt






carrie fisher died from 'sleep apnoea and other causes'


image copyrightreutersimage caption the coroner also cited heart disease and drug use as factors in carrie fisher's death star wars actress carrie fisher died from sleep apnoea and "other factors", the los angeles county coroner says.her death certificate said in january that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as princess leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest.but in a statement the la coroner said the exact cause was unknown.sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes.as well as listing sleep apnoea as a cause of death, the coroner's statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use.in a statement released to people magazine after the coroner's ruling, fisher's daughter lourd said: "my mom batt






carrie fisher died of sleep apnea and 'drug use' was also a factor, l.a. coroner


the los angeles county coroner’s office on friday listed the cause of death for “star wars” star carrie fisher as sleep apnea and other factors, including drug use.the coroner’s office released a short summary of its findings, but officials declined to make any additional comments. the statement said “the manner of death has been ruled undetermined.”in addition to the listed cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited “other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”it also said: “how injury occurred: multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.”the report is vague about the role drugs played in fisher’s death. but her daughter, billie lourd, issued a statement to people magazine friday night linking her mother’s death to drug use.“my mom battled drug addiction and ment






new drug kits save police dogs from opioid overdoses


cbs/apjune 1, 2017, 12:36 pmin this tuesday, may 30, 2017, photo massachusetts state police k-9, maximus, searches a car for drugs during a training session in revere, mass.  charles krupa / ap boston --police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. but inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans.law enforcement officers have started carrying naloxone with them on drug raids, when k-9s are often sent into houses or cars to find narcotics. three police dogs in florida were rushed to an animal hospital last year when they ingested fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that is often mixed with street heroin but 50 times more potent.massa






new hampshire has nearly 230 drug overdoses this year


concord, n.h. (ap) — new hampshire has recorded nearly 230 drug overdose deaths this year, with the majority of them linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.the attorney general’s office said this week that there were 226 overdose deaths through july, putting it on track to have fewer than the 485 deaths recorded last year. the number, however, is expected to be higher than the 439 recorded in 2015 and more than double the number of deaths in 2011.of the 226 overdose deaths this year, 158 of them were either from fentanyl or a combination of fentanyl and other drugs. there were also 11 deaths from carfentanil, which is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants.new hampshire has one of the highest drug overdose rates nationally.most read storiesunlimit






koch brothers network aims to raise $300m to $400m for conservative causes


in this 2015 file p o, charles koch talks about his political activism.(p o: robert deutsch, usa today) 7959 connect 2 linkedinemailmoreindian wells, calif. — the leaders of the powerful network aligned with billionaires charles and david koch aim to raise and spend between $300 million and $400 million over the next two years to a nce their free-market policy and political agenda, officials said urday.the target, announced at the opening of the network’s annual winter gathering for donors, marks a substantial increase from the $250 million the network spent to influence political battles in the 2016 election and help republicans retain their grip on the senate.although charles koch refused to throw his political might behind donald trump’s candidacy, his top political operatives on urday