Latest Drug abuse News

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

Oct. 21, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland's Cuyahoga County and...

4 more public forums set in WVa on substance abuse response

Oct. 21, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four more public forums are set this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The meetings are scheduled for Monday at the University of Charleston student union ballroom, Tuesday at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office training center in Martinsburg,...

Meth crisis rising in Wisconsin amid effort to fight opioids

Oct. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jess Przybylski had never really dealt with loss. Then the father of her children was killed in a car crash. In 2011, her friends offered her methamphetamine to distract from the grief. Soon after, Przybylski lost her job. Her two children were taken from her once, then once more when she...

Raiders TE Darren Waller earns big new contract

Oct. 18, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — When Darren Waller signed a multiyear contract extension worth a reported $9 million a season, he couldn't help but reflect on the journey he's been on since signing a deal in that same office a year ago to join the Oakland Raiders from Baltimore's practice squad. A player who nearly...

The Latest: Bush-DeGeneres friendship prompts final question

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on Tuesday...

West Virginia gov releases substance abuse response plan

Oct. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice debuted a plan Tuesday to help people get jobs as they recover from addiction. The Republican governor unveiled the program, Jobs & Hope West Virginia, at the Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor. The statewide collaboration will provide...

Public forums on substance abuse response plan set in WVa

Oct. 14, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21...

California voters may be asked to steer homeless to services

Oct. 10, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could decide next year whether to create new county courts to steer homeless people to mental health and drug addiction treatment programs. Former Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Democrat, proposed a ballot measure on Thursday aimed at providing services to people who...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...

UConn to redirect donations from opioid maker owners

Oct. 9, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Connecticut will redirect some of the money it received from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to support addiction research and education at the school, university officials said Wednesday. The university, which says it received about $4.5 million...