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After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Sep. 25, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds. When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug...

Candy, cash, gifts: How rewards help recovery from addiction

Sep. 07, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

Harold Lewis has been fighting drug addiction for years, but only recently started thinking recovery could be fun. The 59-year-old former cook earned small prizes — candy, gum, gift cards, sunglasses and headphones — for attending meetings and staying in treatment for opioid...

New Hampshire to get $40.5M in opioids case settlement

Sep. 01, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $40.5 million in a settlement with New Hampshire over its role in the opioid addiction crisis, days before the case was scheduled for trial, the state attorney general's office said Thursday. The state filed a...

FDA chief says long-awaited opioid review still in the works

Aug. 30, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-awaited review of prescription opioid medications, including their risks and contribution to the U.S. overdose epidemic, is still underway at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency's commissioner said Tuesday. Dr. Robert Califf wrote in a blog entry...

Gritty cult director Ferrara gets religion in 'Padre Pio'

Aug. 26, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Abel Ferrara, whose gritty New York exploitation films of the 1980s and 1990s delved into the soulless evils of drug addiction, corruption and sexual violence, pays homage to one of Italy’s best-known and most revered saints in his newest film, “Padre Pio.” That...

Vance's anti-drug charity enlisted doctor echoing Big Pharma

Aug. 18, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When JD Vance founded “Our Ohio Renewal” a day after the 2016 presidential election, he promoted the charity as a vehicle for helping solve the scourge of opioid addiction that he had lamented in “Hillbilly Elegy,” his bestselling memoir. But Vance...

Hawaii details plans for $78M drug company opioid settlement

Aug. 09, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday outlined plans for how the state will spend $78 million it's receiving from a multistate settlement reached with pharmaceutical industry companies over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Ige said drug overdose deaths have...

Neurologist guilty on 12 counts of sexually abusing patients

Jul. 29, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent neurologist was found guilty Friday on charges of sexually abusing patients while treating them with pain medications. A New York City jury reached the verdict after deliberating for about three days at the trial of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani. ...

Senators seek help for seniors struggling with opioid use

Jul. 28, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Senators from Maine and Maryland have proposed legislation they said would support older residents who are addicted to opioids. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said Wednesday they've introduced a bill to address...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 21, 2022 03:19 AM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. July 15, 2022. Editorial: With democracy at risk, some Pa. GOP leaders wisely break with one of their own Nine Republican leaders from across the state are supporting Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro. They recognize the threat posed...