Latest Drug addiction News

OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data

Aug. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to proprietary research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them find causes and treatments for drug addiction. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma announced the agreement...

Families say Purdue Pharma must be 'held accountable'

Aug. 2, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — They came bearing oversized images of the sons and daughters they lost to drug overdoses and signs demanding justice from the pharmaceutical company they hold most responsible. The parents and their supporters rallied outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge heard arguments in...

Revamped OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse, but has it?

Jul. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic? An expert in pain treatment at the University of Kentucky, Brown led a panel of outside experts...

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Reckitt Benckiser pays $1.4 billion in opioid settlement

Jul. 11, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Consumer products company Reckitt Benckiser says it will pay $1.4 billion to resolve U.S. investigations into the marketing of an anti-addiction drug by a subsidiary. The company said Thursday it reached agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. The...

A peek into opioid users' brains as they try to quit

Jul. 9, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lying inside a scanner, the patient watched as pictures appeared one by one: A bicycle. A cupcake. Heroin. Outside, researchers tracked her brain's reactions to the surprise sight of the drug she'd fought to kick. Government scientists are starting to peek into the brains of people...

Jail using medicine to help inmates addicted to drugs

Jun. 29, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The "dope boys" hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They'll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you've used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily evaporate. "In...

Malaysia plans to decriminalize drug use to battle addiction

Jun. 28, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government plans to drop criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantities to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin to legalizing narcotics. Malaysia has one of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession. Anyone found...