America’s fentanyl problem a growing threat for teens

America’s epidemic of overdose deaths tied to fentanyl is posing a growing threat to teens — and as they return to school, officials warn they may more frequently encounter the drug disguised in unexpected forms. Driving the news: A teenage girl died and three others were hospitalized this week after overdosing at their Hollywood high school from what they thought were …

3 charged after allegedly shipping fentanyl-laced drugs to Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three California men were arrested in California Wednesday and charged with conspiring to ship fentanyl-laced drugs to Middle Tennessee and other states. The Department of Justice says Matthew Cox, 26, Marcus Johnson, 24, and Ricardo Malinero-Alcarez, 27, were arraigned in California Thursday and will be taken to Middle Tennessee in the near future. Felony Lane Gang …

State mental health department issues new guidance on fentanyl

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and the Department of Health issued new guidance and information about fentanyl and what to do in case of potential exposure. Recent media reports have highlighted stories of exposure to a white powdery substance assumed to be fentanyl and the wide variety of adverse medical reactions that followed. While …

Candy colored fentanyl reported in Maine, part of national trend

At least two police departments in Maine have recovered candy colored fentanyl and methamphetamine, part of a national trend of making the deadly drugs more appealing to a younger generation of users. Police in Bangor and Farmington reported the seizures to Maine’s Information and Analysis Center, an intelligence gathering service that shares information between the state and federal government, Maine …

Dori: Homeland Special Agent leads local fentanyl drug bust, looks for long-term solutions

Earlier this month, the King County Council declared a fentanyl crisis as annual deaths are increasing. With the declaration in effect, agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been working to seize pills making their way to the region, Robert Hammer, a Homeland Security Special Agent in Puget Sound, told The Dori Monson Show. “We’ve really been busy continuing to combat the …

Oakland woman charged with advertising fentanyl in case tied to man’s fatal overdose

 A woman has been charged with advertising drugs online after the mother of a 21-year-old overdose victim told police that her son got the drugs from an Instagram account authorities say was operated by the defendant. Chynna Crosby, of Oakland, was charged in federal court with advertising controlled substances on the internet, a federal offense that carries a maximum four-year …

City leaders, grieving parents say fentanyl overdose crisis must be addressed

As fentanyl overdoses continue to claim the lives of more Tennesseans each year, Nashville city leaders, health experts and parents believe something has to be done. The topic was the focus of a special called Metro Council Public Health and Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday. Council members heard representatives from the Metro Public Health Department, Metro Nashville Police Department, as …

2 Whatcom County men arrested after being caught attempting to sell 91,000 fentanyl pills

 Two Whatcom County men are facing charges after being caught attempting to sell 91,000 fentanyl pills. According to records filed in the case, Juan E. Hernandez-Hernandez and Alejandro Macias-Velazquez, who were arrested in July following an investigation, were importing bulk quantities of fentanyl pills into Whatcom County. Officials received information that the two men arranged for a delivery of the …