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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...

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...

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...

Federal lawsuit targets West Virginia foster care system

Oct. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state...

Dartmouth, company to share $4.7M in opioid treatment funds

Sep. 30, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College and a health care technology company are sharing $4.7 million in federal grant money to work on improving the treatment of opioid addiction. The college and a company called Q2i will work on translating medical research on opioid addiction into real-world practice and...

Waiver gives Ohio more options in treating opioid addiction

Sep. 30, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The federal government is allowing Ohio more flexibility in what services it can provide to Medicaid patients addicted to opioids. The expanded options are coming through a substance use disorder demonstration waiver that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently...

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

Sep. 28, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him, spending...

16 nursing homes to accept opioid-addicted patients

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts nursing homes will now accept patients being treated for opioid addiction. Athena Health Care Systems reached a settlement on Tuesday with the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to forgo a practice that has long-remained common among nursing homes. Athena...