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Prisoner gets 20-40 years in January slaying of cellmate

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A prisoner who authorities say killed his 23-year-old cellmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 20-40 years in prison in the case.

The Saginaw News reports 24-year-old Timothy R. Dickerson earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 death of Jason Turnbull. He was sentenced Monday.

Prison staff responded at the prison near Freeland to an assault taking place in a cell. Turnbull was found unresponsive and pronounced dead later that night. Turnbull was serving a minimum of 10 years for criminal sexual conduct convictions in Livingston County.

Dickerson, who was serving time for robbery and is formerly from the Alpena area, was transferred to another prison after the death.


Oakland hosts 2nd annual  prescription drug abuse training

Registration is open for doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to learn how to identify the warning signs of over-prescribing pain medication to patients. The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership will again offer Boston University School of Medicine’s renowned SCOPE of Pain training on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak auditorium at 3711 W. 13 Mile Road. To register, go to OakGov.com/Health.

The SCOPE of Pain training helps physicians to safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid painkillers. Opioids are a type of narcotic medication used to control pain.

The training will include essential clinical content on opioid prescribing as well as Michigan-specific information, including a policy and resource panel with representatives from state and local agencies. The training is supported by an independent educational grant from opioid pharmaceutical companies.

The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership focuses on prevention and education of prescription drug abuse and creating partnerships with law enforcement, courts, treatment providers, and healthcare to tackle this issue.

In March of 2015, the Oakland County Health Division formed the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership to create a coordinated strategic action plan for reducing prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Oakland County.
The partnership has a strong coalition of partners who have an active interest in preventing prescription overdose deaths.

The partnership is facilitated by the Oakland County Health Division and includes representatives from the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, Area Agency on Aging 1B, Beaumont Health System, Bryan's Hope, city of Farmington Hills, Milford Counseling, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Waterford Schools, and 51st and 52nd District courts.


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