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State oversight commission lays out plan for spending $30 million in opiate settlement funds

The Oversight Commission on Alabama Opioid Settlement Funds announced Tuesday its statewide investment plan for the $30 million from the state’s opioid settlement.

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1819 News Editor-at-Large Erica Thomas talks AG Marshall's actions battling the opioid crisis and more on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Editor-at-Large Erica Thomas on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss a few of Erica's recent stories including Alabama AG Marshall's recent actions to hold accountable those responsible for the opioid crisis.

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Bill requiring fentanyl education in schools named after Auburn teen who lost his life to overdose

State Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn) is using his background as a first responder to explain why a bill he is introducing is so important in the fight against the opioid crisis.

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More than 2,000 fentanyl-laced pills taken off streets in South Baldwin County

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two people in connection to a months-long drug investigation.

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Legislature to reconsider fentanyl bill next session after wrong version signed into law

The Alabama House of Representatives will bring back up a bill passed last year that was left unenforceable after a technical error that led to the wrong version of the bill being signed into law.  

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Deadly weekend: Jefferson County Coroner suspects five drug overdose deaths

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates, who has been concerned with drug overdoses for years, confirmed there were five suspected overdose deaths over the weekend.

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Jefferson County on track to exceed 2022 drug overdose deaths

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said drug deaths continue to climb year over year despite numerous efforts to curb the opioid crisis.

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Fentanyl manslaughter law mistake won’t be addressed until 2024

A bill passed last session to allow prosecutors to charge fentanyl distributors with felony manslaughter in connection to overdose deaths won’t be brought up in an upcoming special session, according to the bill’s sponsor.

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Alabama corrections officer arrested on drug, contraband charges

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced Tuesday that a corrections officer resigned after being arrested on three criminal charges.

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Decatur Police Department aims to clear up confusion on bond amounts for drug offenses

The Decatur Police Department is informing the public about how bond amounts work after several citizens came forward with concerns.

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U.S. Rep. Strong declares fentanyl an 'epidemic' after passage of HALT Fentanyl Act: 'It is destroying American families'

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs and therefore increase federal penalties for fentanyl dealers and users. 

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Walker County Sheriff concerned about elephant tranquilizer showing up in Alabama

Carfentanil, also called Wildnil, has been identified in Walker County. The synthetic opioid is nothing new but hasn’t been a top concern for law enforcement until now.

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Britt joins DEA in recognizing National Fentanyl Awareness Day — 'Devastating our communities across this great nation'

The Drug Enforcement Administration declared May 9 National Fentanyl Awareness Day. The purpose is to spread awareness about the deadly drug and to remember those who have been impacted by its deadly consequences.

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Drug overdose deaths outpace COVID fatalities in Jefferson County in 2022

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has confirmed 488 deaths in 2022 were drug overdose fatalities.

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Widely lauded fentanyl bill passes Alabama Senate, goes to Gov. Kay Ivey's desk for signature

House Bill 1 by State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne), which adds trafficking fentanyl to the list of substances subject to mandatory minimum sentences in Alabama, has passed the Alabama Senate and will go to Gov. Kay Ivey who plans to speedily sign it.

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State Rep. Simpson: It’s time to put fentanyl dealers behind bars

I’m certain that many of you have heard about the drug fentanyl in the news these last few years, the powerful opioid similar to morphine or oxycodone but 100 times more powerful than both of those drugs and much more addictive and deadly.

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'It's becoming a huge mess': U.S. Rep. Carl sits down for 'Coffee with a Cop' in Mobile, focuses on fentanyl crisis and border security

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) was home Monday visiting with the community at the Coffee with a Cop event in downtown Mobile.

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State Rep. Simpson on fentanyl mandatory minimum bill: ‘I feel good about its chances’

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R–Daphne) pre-filed legislation in January for the 2023 regular session that adds trafficking fentanyl to the list of substances subject to mandatory minimum sentences in Alabama.

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Baldwin County Coroner sounds alarm over fentanyl overdoses — Says larger building needed for 'body surge'

Baldwin County Coroner Dr. Brian Pierce made a case to the Baldwin County Commission Monday during its work session. Pierce said the coroner’s office is in desperate need of a new building and he pointed out issues his office has seen with drug overdoses.

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Jefferson County reaches 100 suspected overdose deaths already in 2023

The Jefferson County Coroner reported Monday the county has reached 100 suspected drug overdose deaths so far in 2023. There is an additional death that was from a confirmed overdose.

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U.S. Sen. Britt joins efforts to fight coyote funding, fentanyl smuggling at southern border

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) has joined in a number of additional legislative efforts to combat illegal immigration and trafficking at the southern border.  

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Alabama Department of Education: Fewer public high schools keeping naloxone on campus

Fewer Alabama public high schools are keeping the opioid-countering drug naloxone on hand, even as safety concerns due to fentanyl are on the rise.

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Jefferson County Coroner says drug overdoses continue to rise despite resources

The Jefferson County Coroner is highly concerned about drug overdose, and he says while there is a homicide issue in the county, drug overdoses are much more common. He warns the impact is more far-reaching.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: 'Accountability is coming' on Biden border policy

Moore told Newsmax that fentanyl, which is killing Americans on a daily basis, is bleeding into the United States because of insecure borders.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: Fentanyl seized along southern border ‘jumped ninefold’ in last five years

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) shared federal estimates about the fentanyl crisis on the southern border on Wednesday and said the amount of fentanyl seized has jumped ninefold since 2018.

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Principals at Jefferson County Schools receive training to administer opioid-countering drug

School principals in Jefferson County now know how to administer a drug that reverses the effect of opioid overdoses.

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AG Steve Marshall: $276 million opioid settlement should go toward solving addiction

As a result of the settlements, Alabama has been rewarded $276 million. 

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