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As COVID-19 closed in, supply of fentanyl closed down. Prices went up. What was available was "stomped on" – heavily cut with fillers. And overdoses dropped. Now everything's opened up. Fentanyl is less expensive. It's easy to get. It's cut less. #fentanyl

Mom, who founded nonprofit Change the Outcome, spent 3 days & $2,500 to complete a 36-page proposal. Shortly after submitting request for $120,000, she got response that gutted her: Grant-making was canceled because of "insufficient funds." #opioidcrisis

Edmonton pharmacist suspended for 18 months & fined $10,000 for deliberately giving customer wrong drug. After she is reinstated, Shivangi Patel won't be allowed to own or run a pharmacy and must cover the costs of the investigation & hearing. #opioids

Beverly Hills surgeon & girlfriend pleaded not guilty to taking part in $52 million insurance fraud scheme that involved recruiting patients at S. California sober living homes to undergo unnecessary surgeries & other procedures, prosecutors said. #opioids

An Italian man who federal authorities say backed a multimillion-dollar scheme to operate East Tennessee pill mills is now in custody in Knoxville. Luca Sartini, 60, is being held in the Knox County jail on behalf of the federal government. #opioidcrisis

As expected, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis vetoed a bill Thursday that would have limited opioid prescriptions in an attempt to cut down on future addiction and overdose cases. The move was Polis’ first veto in 2020.
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