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In this Nov. 7, 2019 photo, Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann is seen at the Necedah Family Medical Center in Necedah, Wis., doing a check-in with Catina Stoflet, who has been on medication-assisted treatment for seven months.

Rural Wisconsin doctor seeking ways to manage use of opioids

Jan. 4, 2020 1:05 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn’t fully grasp her community’s opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. “He was in complete crisis because he was admitting to me that he had lost control of his use of opioids,” recalled...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, palliative care nurse Madeleine Mukantagara, 56, left, prays with Vestine Uwizeyimana, 22, right, who has spinal degenerative disease and is taking oral liquid morphine for her pain, as she visits to check on her health at her home in the village of Bushekeli, near Kibogora, in western Rwanda. While people in rich countries are dying from overuse of prescription painkillers, people in Rwanda and other poor countries are suffering from a lack of them, but Rwanda has come up with a solution to its pain crisis - it's morphine, which costs just pennies to produce and is delivered to households across the country by public health workers. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Dec. 25, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had...

Minnesota OKs medical cannabis for chronic pain, eye disease

Dec. 2, 2019 6:02 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment, state health officials said Monday. The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where...