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Painkiller overdose ‘epidemic’ strikes U.S.

WASHINGTON — The United States is facing an epidemic of lethal overdoses from prescription painkillers, which have tripled in the past decade and now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The quantity of painkillers on the market is so high that it would be enough for every…

Court battle over U.S. drug war ‘top secret’ data

CHICAGO — The US government Wednesday denied it was hampering the case of an alleged senior member of the Sinaloa cartel by refusing to hand over top secret data on the American fight against drug-trafficking. Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, son of one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpins, is on trial in…