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3 convicted in $20M California drug treatment fraud scheme

May. 09, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people were convicted Monday in a scheme to bilk California's Medi-Cal system out of nearly $20 million by submitting phony claims for drug and alcohol treatment for school students, federal prosecutors said. They were the latest among 19 people convicted...

Rare cases of COVID returning pose questions for Pfizer pill

May. 09, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more doctors prescribe Pfizer's powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug. Paxlovid has become the go-to option against COVID-19 because of its...

Treatment for opioid addiction often brings discrimination

Apr. 09, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Danielle Russell was in the emergency department at an Arizona hospital last fall, sick with COVID-19, when she made the mistake of answering completely when she was asked what medications she was on. “I said yes, I was taking methadone,” said Russell, a...

US: Discrimination based on opioid treatment violates law

Apr. 05, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

A deepening opioid epidemic is prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to warn about discrimination against those who are prescribed medication to treat their addictions. In guidelines published Tuesday, the department's Civil Rights Division said employers, health care providers,...

Facing Purdue owners brings pain, closure for opioid victims

Mar. 12, 2022 14:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kara Trainor composed herself, looked into a camera and began to speak to the drugmakers she holds responsible for two decades of suffering that has extended from her to a son born dependent on opioids. Three members of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue...

Facing Purdue owners brings pain, closure for opioid victims

Mar. 12, 2022 14:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kara Trainor composed herself, looked into a camera and began to speak to the drugmakers she holds responsible for two decades of suffering that has extended from her to a son born dependent on opioids. Three members of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue...

California governor proposes plan to force homeless people with severe mental illness or addictions into treatment

Mar. 03, 2022 12:41 PM EST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor proposes plan to force homeless people with severe mental illness or addictions into treatment.

Upstate NY jail sued over access to addiction treatment

Mar. 02, 2022 16:33 PM EST

A northern New York county is being accused in federal court of needlessly forcing people at its jail into harmful withdrawals by banning a medical treatment for opioid addiction. The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Jefferson County. The...

J&J, distributors finalize $26B landmark opioid settlement

Feb. 25, 2022 11:43 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S. ...