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The Department of Homeland Security is considering designating the painkiller drug fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction "when certain criteria are met," according to an internal memo obtained by Task & Purpose.

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Austin Smiley, (Seminole County Jail)

An Orange City, California man is facing a murder charge after deputies say he sold a batch of fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a Seminole County man more than a year ago.

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A Kalamazoo, Michigan, man will serve the rest of his life in prison for selling fentanyl that killed a man.

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The widow of a Marine who fatally overdosed on fentanyl while on lockdown supervision at the Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatric campus in Brockton is demanding to know how he got the drugs, while the VA has simply attributed his death to the nation’s larger opioid scourge.

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AP photo by Gosia Wozniacka

For some veterans and their families, a Nov. 11 provision allowing Veteran Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana in states where it’s legal, means that they’re packing up and heading to greener pastures.

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