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BALTIMORE (AP) - The American Association of Retired Persons has filed a friend of the court brief in support of a Maryland law against pharmaceutical price gouging.

The AARP announced the filing on Wednesday.

The first-in-the-nation law, which is being challenged in court, prohibits unconscionable increases in the prices of generic drugs and drugs that have lost patent exclusivity.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A special education teacher in a Maryland high school has been charged with selling drugs on school property.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that 51-year-old Monica Snee of Salisbury was arrested Tuesday. She is charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin and distribution of heroin on school property.

Donna Hanlin, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools, says the alleged drug sales took place in a parking lot behind Parkside High School.

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Maryland State Police say they found weapons and drugs the car hit two law enforcement officers during the H2Oi event in Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports they were discovered in the Chevrolet Malibu driven by 18-year-old Antonio Ambrosino.

The paper reports that among the items were a BB pistol and a knife as well as suspected marijuana and a bag of mushrooms believed to be a controlled dangerous substance.

Police say that Ambrosino attempted to speed away from officers to avoid arrest.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The number of babies who've been exposed to drugs and alcohol is growing in Delaware.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that the state reported 431 cases last year. That's an increase of more than 100 babies who were exposed to a harmful substance during pregnancy.

To fight the problem, Delaware's Division of Public Health has come up with materials for OB/GYN's on how to screen pregnant women for addiction. The materials also connect the women to treatment and educate them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are hosting events this month for people to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.

The National Drug Take Back Day will take place at dozens of Virginia locations on April 29. The Roanoke Times reports pills and patches will be accepted, but not sharp objects such as needles and syringes.

Appointments are not needed and no questions will be asked.

The newspaper reports Virginians disposed of more than 22,000 pounds of prescription drugs through the program last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker is joining a chorus of voices across numerous states pushing officials to reveal the source of drugs used in lethal-injection executions.

Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell's measure appears to have little chance, however: A subcommittee that examined the measure Tuesday voted 4-1 against it.

A number of states have passed secrecy laws to stabilize their execution drug supplies. Officials say the laws protect companies that fear retaliation for their association with the death penalty.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say more than 2,500 people have been charged with driving under the influence in Delaware this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 102 people were arrested across the state last week and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Office of Highway Safety says one person was charged with his fifth DUI offense, a felony charge.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in police custody after officers used a stun gun as they arrested him during a break-in call.

Hagerstown police say officers responding to a 911 call reporting a break-in on Thursday night found a "highly agitated" man in front of the house. Believing the man was under the influence of drugs, police say officers requested an ambulance.

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Last night the Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins got together with parents in the wake of a recent incident in which a middle school student ingested some heroin on Halloween.

Another incident involved a 4-year old who brought her mother’s backpack into a Selbyville daycare.

While at the daycare she found baggies of heroin in the backpack and began distributing them to other children thinking it was candy.

Collin told the parents that much of what authorities are seeing is access by children to drugs at home.

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Dover police have a new Street Crimes Unit after three people were shot during the first weekend of this month.

It will be staffed by four officers and a sergeant and is part of zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement.

But, Lt. Jason Pires told the Wilmington News Journal that it’s clear that the department needs more police officers.

Sgt. Chad Bernat, who heads the unit, says it will focus on getting drugs and illegal weapons off the streets.

But it will also make arrests for minor violations like public consumption of alcohol.

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