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Mom of 'Emo Rapper' Sues Over His Death

Lil Peep's mother blames his managers for his overdose

(Newser) - Lil Peep died of a drug overdose at age 21 , and nearly two years after the death of the "emo rapper" on a tour bus, his mother is suing. Liza Womack says in her suit that her son was "stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell" before... More »

One Partygoer Made Wise Choice to Refuse a 'Bump'

Police unravel what led to overdoses in Pittsburgh apartment

(Newser) - Authorities in Pittsburgh say they've largely unraveled the story of how three men wearing orange wristbands ended up dead in a Pittsburgh apartment building last weekend. Authorities received help from a witness who made a possibly lifesaving choice in refusing to sniff white powder from a knife. The details:... More »

2nd Arrest Made in Connection to Mac Miller's Death

Ryan Reavis, 36, arrested in Arizona

(Newser) - A second man has been arrested in connection with Mac Miller's death. The rapper was found dead of a drug overdose on Sept. 7, 2018, in his Studio City, California, home, and authorities say he was given counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax two days before... More »

Hospital Hit by Apparent Mass Drug Overdose

3 were killed and 4 others hospitalized in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Three people were killed and four others were hospitalized early Sunday in what police said appeared to be a mass drug overdose, the AP reports. The victims, all men, appear to have taken narcotics at the same time and in the same place in an apartment on Pittsburgh's South... More »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

LA Man Held in Drug Sale to Mac Miller

Filing says rapper was given counterfeit opioid pills 2 days before he died

(Newser) - A Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sold counterfeit opioid pills to Mac Miller two days before the rapper died of an overdose. Cameron James Pettit, 28, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, is expected to appear in court later in the day, federal prosecutors said... More »

Pitcher's Family 'Shocked' by New Twist in His Death

The investigation into Tyler Skaggs' death apparently involves a Los Angeles Angels employee

(Newser) - Looks like the probe into Tyler Skaggs' death involves a Los Angeles Angels employee—which his family called a shocking development, USA Today reports. "We have not been told the identity of the Angel employee that may be involved so I will take a pass on saying anything right... More »

Columbine Survivor's Death Ruled Accidental

Austin Eubanks died of a heroin overdose

(Newser) - Austin Eubanks was found dead in his Colorado home on May 18, 20 years after he hid under a library table and managed to survive the Columbine school shooting. Now the Routt County Coroner's Office has confirmed his cause of death: acute heroin toxicity. Coroner Robert Ryg tells CNN... More »

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from... More »

She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

Suicide, Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in US

Experts say a lack of social connection could be partially to blame

(Newser) - An awful milestone: In 2017, the US saw a record number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The national rate for such deaths hit an all-time high of 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a 6% increase over the year prior and the highest level since the Centers... More »

Bad Time to Overdose: While Driving School Bus Full of Kids

Lisa Byrd facing child endangerment charges after she's revived with Narcan: cops

(Newser) - A school bus carrying a dozen special-needs children crashed into a tree in Newark on Wednesday, but police say that wasn't the worst part. Though no kids were injured, the driver of the bus, found slumped over the wheel, had overdosed on heroin and had to be revived with... More »

Ominous New Stat on Opioid Deaths Released

Americans have greater chance of dying of an overdose than in a car crash

(Newser) - It's no secret that opioid deaths are rising in the US, but a new statistic brings home the danger. For the first time, Americans now have a greater chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, reports USA Today . The stat comes from... More »

1 Dead, 12 Hospitalized After Calif. 'Mass Overdose'

Police believe fentanyl is to blame

(Newser) - The powerful opioid fentanyl is believed to have caused what police in Chico, Calif., are calling a "mass casualty incident" Saturday morning. Authorities say one person died and another 12 were hospitalized after a mass overdose. Chico Fire Department Chief Steve Standridge says every ambulance in the city was... More »

Girl, 6, Rescued After Posting Photos of Dead Dad

Father died of apparent overdose, step-mother was unconscious

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl in southeast Michigan has been rescued from a home after posting photos on Facebook of her dead father and unconscious stepmother, reports the AP . Police in Mount Morris Township, just north of Flint, say a relative in Tennessee contacted them after seeing the pictures. Officers went to... More »

Radio Host Spent 'Intense' 27 Minutes on Call With Suicidal Man

The UK's Iain Lee kept 'Chris' on the line while emergency services scrambled to find him

(Newser) - For nearly half an hour, a British radio host kept a suicidal man on the line while rescuers tried to find him, an experience he now calls "intense and upsetting" and which has earned him praise as a "hero." Iain Lee, an ex-I'm a Celebrity …... More »

Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in the US

It overtakes heroin on ranking of fatal overdoses

(Newser) - Fentanyl killed 18,335 people in the US in 2016—the most of any drug, making the synthetic opioid the deadliest drug in America. Health officials announced the new ranking of overdose deaths from 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, on Wednesday. It's fentanyl's... More »

New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'

Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row

(Newser) - In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for... More »

Here's What Killed Mac Miller

Fentanyl, cocaine, alcohol are to blame

(Newser) - It was a mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol that killed rapper Mac Miller , according to the newly released toxicology report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The report names accidental "mixed drug toxicity" as the 26-year-old's official cause of death, Variety reports. He had publicly... More »

Record-Breaking Drug OD Deaths in US Last Year

200 people died per day in US in 2017, per the DEA

(Newser) - Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the US last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the DEA. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths. Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people... More »

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