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More drug users getting treatment instead of jail in Tucson

Jul. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of Tucson residents wrestling with substance abuse are getting treatment instead of jail under a program funded with federal grants. Law enforcement officials say they have seen a payoff in the past year from investing in treatment rather than incarceration for opioid-addicted...

Medical marijuana petition drive running strong in Nebraska

Jul. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Organizers of a petition drive to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska say they're hitting their early signature goals with help from an all-volunteer network, but opponents are mobilizing to fight the measure if it appears on the 2020 ballot. Volunteers have already gathered more...

Report: Arkansas kidney disease deaths 3rd highest in nation

Jul. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Doctors and others involved in the care of Arkansans with kidney disease are eager to learn how a recently announced federal initiative will address renal disease in the state, which has one of the nation's highest rates of related deaths. President Donald Trump signed an executive...

Clemson professor looks to develop cancer screening test

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — When her younger brother was diagnosed with cancer, Clemson bioengineering professor Terri Bruce resolved to tap her knowledge of human cells to find a way to help others suffering from the disease. After devouring all the scientific literature she could, she chose to focus on...

Marijuana group still aiming for 2020 Mississippi ballot

Jul. 20, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A group petitioning to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi says it needs about 28,700 more signatures to put the initiative on the November 2020 ballot. Jamie Grantham is communications director for Medical Marijuana 2020. She said organizers have gathered more than 86,000...

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...

Counties: Drug companies shipped suspicious opioid orders

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn't abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal filing Friday....

The Latest: Drugmaker: Email does not reflect company stance

Jul. 19, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on filings in a case in which local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for a nationwide opioid crisis (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren't needed is...

Utah picks 8 growers for medical marijuana program

Jul. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah chose eight companies Friday to legally grow medical marijuana for the first time in the conservative state, though the decision to award a smaller number of licenses raised concerns among advocates about whether supply would be robust enough. Although the new law allows Utah to...

Colorado hospital to resume transplant surgeries year later

Jul. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado hospital will restart its organ transplant program after voluntarily stopping operations. The Denver Post reported that Porter Adventist Hospital officials announced Friday that kidney, pancreas and liver transplants are scheduled to resume by the end of the year. Officials say...