Drugs

Jackson Township (Pa.) Police Chief Terry Seilhamer shows boxes of Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdose in this 2019 file photo.
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Free online training sessions on recognizing the signs of an overdose and how to administer the Narcan nasal spray drug, which may help prevent an opioid drug overdose death, are being held on Monday, August 31.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Forty-six arrests and the seizure of powder and crack cocaine, heroin, and 30 guns concluded a three-year investigation of a Jacksonville gang, known as the Rolling 20's.

Meth Lab Found In Westside Hotel Room

Jun 28, 2018
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One person is in custody after a meth lab was found early Thursday morning at a hotel on Jacksonville's Westside.

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It all began with a tip in 2013 and ended with arrest warrants for 13 people connected with three Jacksonville Smoker's Video stores this week. The charges range from misdemeanors to manslaughter, for the 2015 death of Clay County 16-year-old Matthew Purdy.

Rhema Thompson

A prevalent local street gang has been dealt “a serious blow,” according to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey on 21 counts of drug trafficking, possession and evidence tampering.

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A new poll is out showing that the state’s voters are actually in widespread agreement about something, and it’s an issue that cuts across race, age, gender and party lines.

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Mark Krancer came home one day to find his roommate unresponsive. He felt a surge of panic and fear when he realized that his friend was overdosing from prescription medication.

Tropical Storm Arthur, Nippers Beach Grille, and Mayor Alvin Brown are in the headlines today.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

A truly big drug bust and some truly stupid vacationers are among the stories in this week's ONLY IN FLORIDA.

A Florida criminal statute that evokes images of rocket propelled grenades is more likely to be applied in the case of a drive-by fruiting.

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Do you, Samantha, take this alligator? We're in love with this week's ONLY IN FLORIDA.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Mayor Alvin Brown, and chikungunya are in the headlines today.

The group that wants you to vote "no" on legalizing medical marijuana this November has launched a web site and produced a video. Its media warns that Amendment Two is much more permissive and loophole-ridden than most people realize.

What to Satan, a Port St. Lucie drug dealer, and Joey Fatone have in common? They all make appearances in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.

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They’re the father and son behind a Jacksonville-based company offering information for people looking to get into the pot industry — Cannabis University of Florida.

Broward County Sheriff's Office

Cocaine is on the stand this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.

Scott Drug Tests At Issue In U.S. Supreme Court

Apr 15, 2014
Meredyth Hope Hall / The Office of Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — More than three years after Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order seeking across-the-board drug testing for state employees, the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to decide whether to weigh in on the controversial policy.

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Since 2009, more kids in Duval County’s middle and high schools say they’ve been the victims of bullying, and more local children say they have considered or attempted suicide.

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Veteran Jacksonville City Councilwoman Denise Lee is on a mission.

The tiny Bradford County city of Hampton could be dissolved following a series of scandals, including a mayor accused of possession of Oxycodone with intent to sell.

A bill revising the penalties for trafficking certain illegal drugs narrowly cleared its first Senate hurdle Monday. It’s the second time lawmakers have attempted to give it a hearing.

Last month, Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner tabled her bill so concerns from Republican members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, and State Attorneys could be addressed.

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The death of an Oscar winner is bringing fresh attention to a growing problem- a nationwide surge in heroin use and deadly overdoses.

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CVS, the nation’s number-two drugstore chain, says it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stories by October.

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A state crime laboratory chemist who recently resigned amid allegations of tampering with illicit drugs seized by law enforcement has been arrested.

It was November when Republican Trey Radel, a first-term congressman from Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with cocaine possession — a misdemeanor in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation.

A few days before Christmas, fresh from a month in rehab, Radel held a news conference with his wife by his side. He apologized and said that alcohol, not cocaine, is his main problem, and that's what he was treated for.

But the main point of his news conference was to say that he would not step down from Congress.

Despite state laws prohibiting it's ingredients, synthetic cannabis or "spice" is still being produced in Florida. (DISCLAIMER: The article linked to below contains explicit language)

Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel of Florida pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

That plea in a Washington, D.C., court comes one day after word that Radel had been charged with buying $260 worth of the drug from an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Florida Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel is being charged with cocaine possession and faces arraignment on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Authorities say the freshman Republican was found in possession of cocaine on Oct. 29, a misdemeanor offense, but provided no other details.

NPR's Tamara Keith says the charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 180 days of imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000.

Radel, 37, represents Florida's 19th District, which covers parts of the Gulf Coast, Fort Myers and Naples.

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A pair of federal judges called the state to task Wednesday for its lack of transparency regarding the drugs Florida uses for executions by lethal injection. 

At a hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, attorneys for four death row inmates challenged the state’s substitution of one of the drugs in Florida’s three-drug execution protocol.

The attorneys asked to go ahead with a lawsuit claiming the use of midazolam hydrochloride is unconstitutional because it could cause unnecessary suffering.

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