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United's Kallman suspended 10 games for substance abuse

Sep. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman has been suspended 10 games for violating the MLS substance abuse policy. The league announced Thursday he tested positive for an identified performance-enhancing substance. He will also be fined 20% of his salary. Kallman will miss the...

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...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

AP EXPLAINS: The tentative Purdue deal on the opioid crisis

Sep. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deal worth as much as $12 billion that's being negotiated between Purdue Pharma and its owners, and the state, local and tribal governments involved in national opioid litigation has the potential to shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug...

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

Sep. 11, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the...

What's ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Wednesday's tentative $12 billion settlement by some state, local and tribal governments with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and the company's owners could shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug distributors and retailers in lawsuits...

Wichita toddler injected enough methadone to kill adult

Sep. 11, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Court records say a Wichita toddler who died at a motel had enough methadone in his system to kill an opioid-addicted adult. The Wichita Eagle reports details were included in an affidavit released Tuesday in the case against 23-year-old Kimberly Compass. She's charged with...

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

Sep. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District...

Intimate look at a mom, a son, and their battle with opioids

Sep. 6, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

FOUNTAINDALE, Australia (AP) — On Australia's Central Coast, around two hours north of Sydney, the Ware family is one of thousands across the country now locked in a life-or-death fight against opioid addiction. Far from America, where the opioid epidemic has left 400,000 dead, Australia is facing its own...