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Violent Crime Down, Drug Deaths Up In Massachusetts

A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime but continued problems with heroin deaths, rising childhood asthma and obesity.

The Massachusetts Health Council report, citing FBI crime reports, said that the state's murder rate fell by 34% and all violent crime fell by 4

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New Bedford Police

New Bedford Man Arrested After Club Drug Found

A 24-year-old North End man was arraigned Tuesday on a charge that he intended to distribute the designer club drug "Molly".

Police say their Organized Crime & Intellegence Bureau executed a search warrant Monday evening around 6:30pm which resulted in approximately eight grams of Molly being seized from Nathan Dias's residence at 34 Milford Street.

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New Painkiller Worries Officials

A new painkiller is set to hit the market soon, and law enforcement officials and healthcare experts are clenching their teeth.

Zohydro ER, a hydrocodone-based painkiller, was approved by the FDA in October, and is set to hit pharmacies within the next month

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Two More Concertgoers Die From Molly Drug Use

Last week, we blogged about the House of Blues in Boston closing temporarily and cancelling the Zedd concert after a Plymouth State University student overdosed on the popular club drug, MOLLY or MDMA, that causes overwhelming zombie-like depression, seizures and cardiac arrest.

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Massachusetts Receives Cash From Avandia Suit

Massachusetts is getting more than $2.1 million to settle claims that British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline LLC deceptively promoted the diabetes drug Avandia.

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Chemist in Mass. Lab Scandal Refuses to Testify

A chemist at the center of a scandal at a Massachusetts drug lab has refused to testify in a drug case against a Boston man who once spent 15 years in prison for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl he says he did not commit

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Chemist in State Lab Scandal Arrested

Former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested without incident at her home in Franklin today around noon.She's accused of faking drug test results that has left the outcome of thousands of criminal drug cases in question

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“Rogue Chemist” Arrested

Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan has been arrested. She's accused of faking drug test results that has left the outcome of thousands of criminal drug cases in question. Investigators say she handled tens-of-thousands of drug samples and she allegedly confessed to faking tests for two or three years

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Fall River Justice Center

New Bedford Case Affected by Drug Lab Scandal Sent to Trial

The first local case affected by the state drug lab scandal returned to court today.

A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's office says 32-year-old Nathan Martin of New Bedford was ordered continued to be held on $25,000 bail in Superior Court this morning

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Wareham, New Bedford Hosting Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Town of Wareham is one of a few local communities participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Area residents can bring their unwanted or old prescription drugs to collection sites throughout the Southcoast, and safeley dispose of them

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