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CDC: Methadone deaths still high but may have peaked

ATLANTA — Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the U.S., but the number blamed on methadone appears to have peaked.

Still, methadone accounts for nearly one-third of prescription painkiller deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

Methadone, known mainly for treating heroin addiction, is also prescribed for pain. Health officials say most of the overdose deaths are people who take it for pain, not heroin or drug addicts.

After a sharp rise, the number and rate of methadone-related overdose deaths have fallen since 2007, the CDC report shows.

NEW YORK

Concerns about eagles douses hamlet’s fireworks

NARROWSBURG — Concerns over the welfare of bald eagles have led an upstate New York community to cancel its longtime July Fourth fireworks display.

The hamlet of Narrowsburg, on the Pennsylvania border in southeastern New York, bills itself as the state’s “bald eagle capital.” It hosts an annual EagleFest to celebrate the eagles that nest along the Delaware River.

Narrowsburg also hosts an annual July Fourth celebration, capped by fireworks sponsored by the local fire department.

The Times-Herald Record of Middletown reported that last year, some baby eagles left their nest, possibly startled by the pyrotechnics.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the fire department could be liable for thousands of dollars in fines if eagles are harmed.

As a result, Wednesday night’s fireworks show was canceled.

KENTUCKY

19 children found in filthy, hot home

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