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The Latest: Bush-DeGeneres friendship prompts final question

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on Tuesday...

West Virginia gov releases substance abuse response plan

Oct. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice debuted a plan Tuesday to help people get jobs as they recover from addiction. The Republican governor unveiled the program, Jobs & Hope West Virginia, at the Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor. The statewide collaboration will provide...

Public forums on substance abuse response plan set in WVa

Oct. 14, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21...

California voters may be asked to steer homeless to services

Oct. 10, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could decide next year whether to create new county courts to steer homeless people to mental health and drug addiction treatment programs. Former Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Democrat, proposed a ballot measure on Thursday aimed at providing services to people who...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...

UConn to redirect donations from opioid maker owners

Oct. 9, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Connecticut will redirect some of the money it received from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to support addiction research and education at the school, university officials said Wednesday. The university, which says it received about $4.5 million...

Nebraska gets $6.5M in grants to fight opioid abuse

Oct. 8, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials have received $6.5 million in federal grants to help prevent and treat opioid abuse. The funding boost announced Tuesday will support the state's efforts to reduce the number of opioid deaths in Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services...

Family treatment courts debut in drug-ravaged West Virginia

Oct. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Drug-ravaged West Virginia has opened its first family treatment court aimed at protecting abused and neglected children while helping parents facing the potential loss of custody to overcome substance use disorders. The court's debut at the Boone County Courthouse in Madison was...

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

Oct. 6, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have...

Ohio plans study on genetic markers for opioid addiction

Oct. 3, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio launched a $1.6 million study Thursday that aims to identify the genetic markers that separate people likely to develop opioid addiction from people somehow immune to the painkillers’ addictive properties. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost, who oversees scientists at...