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After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Sep. 25, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds. When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug...

Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

Sep. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The tattoos on Billie Stafford’s hands — inspired by street art and full of references to her work helping prevent drug-related deaths — have become an indelible memorial to the friend who inked them and the opioid crisis that killed him in April. As a...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Sep. 21, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. September 20, 2022. Editorial: Needed: More conversations about addiction, mental health Our society can be contradictory at times. We celebrate when loved ones finish treatment cancer-free, but yet we don’t usually extend the same...

Candy, cash, gifts: How rewards help recovery from addiction

Sep. 07, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

Harold Lewis has been fighting drug addiction for years, but only recently started thinking recovery could be fun. The 59-year-old former cook earned small prizes — candy, gum, gift cards, sunglasses and headphones — for attending meetings and staying in treatment for opioid...

S.C. prison to treat substance abuse with digital therapy

Sep. 02, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Corrections will offer a new digital tracking service to support addiction therapy for inmates in the state's main prison for women. Eligible inmates will report their substance use, cravings and triggers on a smart device, and...

New Hampshire to get $40.5M in opioids case settlement

Sep. 01, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $40.5 million in a settlement with New Hampshire over its role in the opioid addiction crisis, days before the case was scheduled for trial, the state attorney general's office said Thursday. The state filed a...

FDA chief says long-awaited opioid review still in the works

Aug. 30, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-awaited review of prescription opioid medications, including their risks and contribution to the U.S. overdose epidemic, is still underway at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency's commissioner said Tuesday. Dr. Robert Califf wrote in a blog entry...

Gritty cult director Ferrara gets religion in 'Padre Pio'

Aug. 26, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Abel Ferrara, whose gritty New York exploitation films of the 1980s and 1990s delved into the soulless evils of drug addiction, corruption and sexual violence, pays homage to one of Italy’s best-known and most revered saints in his newest film, “Padre Pio.” That...

Tennessee drug abuse group leader sentenced for embezzlement

Aug. 23, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former director of a Tennessee drug abuse prevention group was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for using the nonprofit's money to buy an automobile, renovate his home and pay personal bills. Beginning in 2014, Patrick Martin of Gainesboro...

Vance's anti-drug charity enlisted doctor echoing Big Pharma

Aug. 18, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When JD Vance founded “Our Ohio Renewal” a day after the 2016 presidential election, he promoted the charity as a vehicle for helping solve the scourge of opioid addiction that he had lamented in “Hillbilly Elegy,” his bestselling memoir. But Vance...