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Breann McCulloch, who's struggled with addiction, and her 9-month-old twin boys Valor and Rebel pose for a portrait in their home, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Isolation due to quarantine can be damaging for those grappling with addiction, who say that social interaction and staying busy are the only things helping them stay clean. (Christopher DeVargas/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Quarantine a challenge for some in substance abuse recovery

May. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Many in quarantine are tempted to stay in bed, watch television, binge on junk food, search for new ways to be occupied and, most important, avoid interacting with others. That routine can damage those grappling with addiction, who say that social interaction and staying busy are keys to...

New Mexico counties fight to keep drugs out of jails

May. 24, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Ashley N. Fernandez approached the nondescript door on the back of the courthouse early in the morning. She moved quickly, and everything went as planned. She hurried back to a car parked on Morrison Street and drove away, headed toward National Avenue. The transport van arrived...

Grant will help Tennessee recruit hospital psychiatrists

May. 20, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has received $200,000 to recruit physicians to the state’s regional mental health hospitals, according to a news release from the agency. The funding comes from the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce...

Lawmakers weigh bill to allow supervised injection sites

May. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing legislation that would legalize supervised injection sites for drug users. The Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery on Friday favorably reported out a re-drafted version of legislation that would legalize the sites. The legislation...

Police chiefs raise awareness for treatments amid overdoses

May. 14, 2020 5:33 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Two police chiefs in Virginia are encouraging residents who suffer from drug addiction to get treatment after as their city and county experienced an uptick in deaths from overdoses this year. According to the Roanoke Times, 18 people have died from a drug overdose in the city of...

Feds, West Virginia reach agreement on addiction recovery

May. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia cannot bar people in addiction recovery programs from adopting children, according to an agreement announced Wednesday between federal civil rights officials and the state health department. The agreement makes clear that people recovering from addiction are covered...

Woman pleads guilty to fatally stabbing boyfriend near UMN

May. 11, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend at their Minneapolis apartment. Zara Jo Case, 36, entered the plea Friday in Hennepin County District Court to second-degree murder in the Feb. 15 death of 39-year-old Joesph “Moochie” McRunnel at their home near...

WVa providers to get substance abuse, mental health funding

Apr. 29, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health in West Virginia will receive $4 million in federal funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be split between...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool)

New Mexico likely to extend public health orders into May

Apr. 22, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will extend an emergency public health order through May 15 as it convenes mayors and businesses leaders to consider the first minor changes to restrictions on economic activity, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials announced Wednesday. The first-term...

Connecticut working on plans for COVID-19 contact tracing

Apr. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are working on a plan for anonymous contact tracing of COVID-19, a key component of the state's eventual efforts to slowly reopen without risking flareups of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Josh Geballe, chief executive officer for Democratic Gov. Ned...