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Postdoc Arrested

A postdoc at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is facing drug charges after the death of his girlfriend, who was also a postdoc, the Associated Press reports. Carrie Johns, who studied the effect of drug use on the brain, died after injecting herself with buprenorphine, a narcotic used to treat heroin addicts. Johns had trouble breathing and was pronounced dead at the university emergency room.

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