No Criminal Charges Filed in Prince’s Drug Death

The prosecutor in Carver County, Mn., where Prince died, said no criminal charges will be filed in the musician’s death, ending the state’s two-year investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him. The physician who illegally prescribed an opioid for Prince agreed to pay a $30,000 federal settlement.

Opioid Prescriptions Fell Dramatically Last Year

Prescriptions showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. Health data firm IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science found a 9 percent drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies.

Drug Cartels Target Candidates in New Wave of Mexico Violence

At least 82 candidates and office holders have been killed since the electoral season kicked off in September, making this the bloodiest presidential race in recent history, according to a tally by Etellekt, a security consultancy based in Mexico City.

Sessions Proposes Opioid-Making Limits

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Drug Enforcement Administration should be able to reduce a company’s opioid production if it believes the drugs are being diverted for misuse. Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday in the takedown of a drug distribution network in Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan.

Patrick Kennedy: Go-To Man for Opioid Funding

The former Democratic representative and scion of the political dynasty is the go-to player for firms seeking to benefit from the Trump administration’s multibillion-dollar response to the opioid crisis. He is paid more than $1 million in salaries and equity stakes in companies.