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Secret US Safe Injection Site Saved Dozens of Lives

Researcher say clandestine site reversed 33 overdoses

(Newser) - For years, addicts have been injecting themselves with drugs at a secret location in an undisclosed US city. Researchers say the clandestine safe injection site has saved dozens of lives and has probably prevented many HIV and hepatitis C infections. The site, based on legal ones in Europe and Canada,... More »

This Is Where Andrew Gillum Was Found

Former gubernatorial candidate has since entered rehab

(Newser) - You can now peek inside the hotel room where Andrew Gillum was found with a man suffering an apparent drug overdose and bags of what police suspected was crystal meth. Miami Beach Police released photos and (often blurred for privacy) body camera video footage on Wednesday, showing pills and pill... More »

Gillum Found With Overdose Victim: Police

Former candidate for Florida governor says he just had too much to drink at wedding celebration

(Newser) - Police were called to a luxury hotel in Miami Beach early Friday, where they reported finding Andrew Gillum, several bags of what looked to be crystal meth, and a man apparently having a drug overdose. Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida in 2018, was vomiting and so "... More »

She Scored a Hit for a Friend. Then Came the Text

A lengthy look at overdose-homicide prosecutions

(Newser) - Jamie Maynard has been clean for three years, a feat she credits in part to having gone to prison, where she got off heroin. But in a lengthy piece for the New Yorker , Paige Williams makes the case that she should have never been behind bars. The Ohio woman was... More »

US Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in 4 Years

Cancer, overdose deaths fell in 2018

(Newser) - Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small—just a month—but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses, the AP reports. "... More »

Juice WRLD's Cause of Death Released

Medical examiner blames accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine

(Newser) - Juice WRLD, the rapper who died after suffering a medical problem at a Chicago airport last month, died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, officials said Wednesday. He was 21. The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, had a seizure at Midway Airport while police and... More »

Rep: TobyMac's Son Died of Accidental Overdose

Truett Foster McKeehan ODed on amphetamines, fentanyl

(Newser) - In October, the 21-year-old son of Christian rapper TobyMac (real name: Kevin McKeehan) died suddenly at his Tennessee home. Now, the cause of Truett Foster McKeehan's death has come to light. A rep for TobyMac tells People that the younger McKeehan accidentally overdosed on a mix of fentanyl and... More »

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Ex Dies of Suspected Overdose

Family members blamed Nick Gordon for Brown's death

(Newser) - Another sad chapter in the Bobbi Kristina Brown saga: Nick Gordon, Brown's boyfriend before her death in 2015 , has died of a suspected drug overdose, TMZ reports. Gordon, who lived in Orlando, Florida, was 30 years old. Gordon was never charged in connection with Brown's death, which came... More »

Heroin Killed the Cheerleader. Then Came an 'Unusual Charge'

Inside the looming trial in connection with the death of a Tampa 17-year-old

(Newser) - Katie Golden was a fan of Titan Goodson, but she seemed to mostly be alone in that department. The Florida 17-year-old's parents disliked him, writing him off as a bad influence on the college-bound cheerleader. The grandparents he lived with thought he might be doing drugs and planned to... More »

Florida Mom Overdoses With 3 Kids in Car

Her 12-year-old daughter called 911

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl in Florida may have saved her mother's life after the woman overdosed on heroin while driving on a highway, police say. "My mom won't wake up and we're on the I-4 in the car," the girl said after calling 911. "We'... More »

Test Reveals Saoirse Kennedy Hill's Cause of Death

It was an accidental OD from alcohol, methadone, prescription drugs

(Newser) - The autopsy for Saoirse Kennedy Hill in August didn't offer much insight into how she died, but now the toxicology tests are in: The death certificate for the 22-year-old notes she suffered an accidental overdose from a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone, and prescription drugs, per WCVB . Besides the... More »

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 »

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