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Woman Finds Out High Heels Are Bad Drug-Smuggling Aid

Missouri's Denise Woodrum is headed to an Australian jail

(Newser) - A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to 7.5 years in jail in Australia, where she'd traveled with various cocaine-stuffed items, including a pair of high heels. Denise Woodrum, 51, pleaded guilty in January to the illegal import stemming from her arrival at Sydney Airport last August with 756... More »

In Just 3 Hours, 25 People Overdosed at Connecticut Park

K2 synethetic pot suspected; an arrest has been made

(Newser) - Synthetic weed known as K2 may be to blame for a spate of overdoses in New Haven, Conn. At least 41 people reportedly overdosed at or near New Haven Green, a local park, between Tuesday and Wednesday, with some 25 overdoses occurring over a period of three hours Wednesday, CBS... More »

Broadcom Billionaire Arrested After Hotel Room Find

Cops say case contained heroin, cocaine, meth

(Newser) - With an estimated fortune of $3.1 billion, Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas III can afford a good lawyer—and he's going to need one. The 59-year-old billionaire was arrested in Las Vegas this week along with companion Ashley Fargo on suspicion of trafficking drugs including heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and... More »

Trump Tweeted Pfizer Should Be 'Ashamed.' Pfizer Responds

After meeting between Trump and Pfizer CEO Ian Read, company says it will defer price hikes

(Newser) - Last week, Pfizer jacked up the price for several dozen prescription drugs; this week it received a dressing down from President Trump. Now, per the Wall Street Journal , the pharmaceuticals giant has responded to his criticism with a postponement on those price hikes after the company said CEO Ian Read... More »

The Knock at 3am to Report a Death Wasn't the Family's Last

The 'Tennessean' looks at the toll the opioid crisis has had on the Baltzes

(Newser) - Just before Christmas 2015, former 3 Doors Down bassist Robert "Todd" Harrell was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in a fatal 2013 crash that occurred on Nashville's I-40. He was driving at 101mph when he clipped a pickup being driven by Paul Shoulders Jr.... More »

Autopsy: One of 2 Pilots on Doomed Plane Had Drugs in System

But it's still not clear which pilot was flying plane that crashed in Scottsdale in April

(Newser) - Pieces are slowly coming together regarding an April plane crash in Scottsdale in which all six aboard were killed. At the front of the six-seat Piper PA-24 Comanche, which included as its passengers several young Instagram stars, were student pilot James Pedroza and certified airline transport pilot Erik Valente, though... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

Cocaine Now Wreaking Havoc on ... Eels

Study shows muscle damage that could affect migration

(Newser) - Humans aren't alone in a battle with illicit drugs, which have penetrated waterways worldwide via wastewater and other means. European eels are feeling the effects, and probably other animals, too, say researchers at Italy's University of Naples Federico II. After previously finding cocaine in eel flesh, the team... More »

What Cops Found in Secret Compartment Could've Killed 26M

It was 118 pounds of fentanyl, worth $20M

(Newser) - Suspicious of a semi-truck driving on the shoulder of I-80, Nebraska State Patrol troopers searched the vehicle and, in so doing, made the largest fentanyl bust in the state's history. In a secret compartment in the truck, stopped near Kearney on April 26, authorities say they found 118 pounds... More »

Promising Parkinson's Drug Now Has Critics Worried

FDA sped it to market, but reports of deaths rising

(Newser) - The idea is to help people so desperately ill that they can't afford to wait for a drug to clear the standard FDA approval process. The agency received permission in 2012 to give certain drugs, those deemed to provide a "breakthrough therapy" for serious illnesses, a speedier route... More »

Sean Penn's Son Jailed in Nebraska

Hopper Penn, girlfriend accused of drug possession

(Newser) - A year after speaking out about his struggle with drugs, the son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright has been arrested on drug possession charges in Nebraska, reports the AP . A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman says 24-year-old Hopper Penn, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested Wednesday afternoon... More »

In Philippines, 'Ludicrous' Claims From Government in Drug War

Human rights groups push back at Duterte rep's claim that they're assisting drug lords

(Newser) - Human rights groups shining a spotlight on mounting deaths in the Philippines' drug war now have the added chore of denying the government's claims they're involved. Following one of the bloodiest weeks in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs—13 people were killed in a single night,... More »

The 'Secondary Victims' of Adults' Opioid Addiction: Kids

More children, teens ending up in hospital from overdoses

(Newser) - Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of US children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use, per the AP . Prescription painkillers... More »

ICC Looks Into Claims Duterte Ordered Mass Murder

He welcomes preliminary investigation into crimes against humanity, rep says

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity now underway by the International Criminal Court, a spokesman said Thursday, marking an about-face for a man who once described the ICC as "bulls---." Duterte is "sick and tired of being accused" and... More »

24-Year-Old Trump Appointee Runs Into Resume Trouble

WaPo looks at inconsistencies on Taylor Weyeneth's resumes

(Newser) - Some 24-year-olds are wunderkinds. The Washington Post clearly doesn't think Taylor Weyeneth belongs in that category. Weyeneth was a relative unknown until the Post on Jan. 14 ran a piece looking at the "rising star at the Office of National Drug Control Policy"—and the paltry resume... More »

A Mystery Powder Arrived in the Mail. It Almost Killed 9

Backpackers hospitalized Tuesday in Australia in state of 'agitated delirium'

(Newser) - Nine backpackers from four countries were sent to hospitals in Australia this week, including at least three who were on life support Wednesday, after snorting a white powder sent through the mail. Seven men and two women, ages 21 to 25, snorted a white powder they assumed was cocaine around... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

Addicts on Dr. Phil Say They Were Given Booze, Drugs

STAT/'Boston Globe' probe reveals 'callous and inexcusable exploitation,' per one critic

(Newser) - Dr. Phil McGraw prides himself for pulling people out of addiction, but a new report from STAT and the Boston Globe alleges he may have put some at-risk guests right back into it. Ex-guests on McGraw's syndicated talk show, including a former winner of TV's Survivor, say as... More »

Cops: Customers Waited in Church Lot for Unholy Delivery

California couple arrested for allegedly delivering drugs via drone

(Newser) - "Well it's new for us, at least." Such is the pronouncement of an officer with California's Riverside Police Department following the arrest of a couple who allegedly used a drone to transport drugs to waiting customers in a church parking lot. Neighbors say once the drugs... More »

This Is a Turtle on Drugs*

*Or rather trapped by a pile of cocaine, as Coast Guard saves the day in international waters

(Newser) - Coast Guard officials on a recent patrol managed to arrest 24 suspected smugglers—and save a life. While patrolling in international waters near Central America, officials came across a sea turtle entangled in ropes connected to floating contraband, later identified as 1,800 pounds of cocaine, according to a release... More »

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