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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said there’s no clear evidence that a reformulated version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or cases of addiction. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn't curbed abuse, overdoses

Sep. 11, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or deaths. The conclusion from the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 9, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Give Money to Babies New York Time Sept. 8 Everyone born in Britain between Sept. 1, 2002, and Jan. 2, 2011, received a baby present from the government: a savings account that could not be tapped until the child turned 18,...

Illinois addiction programs get $36 million federal grant

Sep. 6, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials plan to use a $36 million federal grant focused on opioid addiction to support treatment through hospitals, health centers and community programs. The money was awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Illinois Department of...

Drug treatment firm co-founder sentenced for fraud scheme

Aug. 18, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man who co-founded a Pennsylvania-based drug rehabilitation firm that made millions through a wide-ranging fraud scheme has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and must pay more than $9 million in restitution. Jason Gerner, 46, of Shamong, will also forfeit...

Family: Man killed by Vegas police battled mental illness

Aug. 12, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family members say a man shot and killed by Las Vegas police after taking his mother hostage at gunpoint in their mobile home battled mental illness and drug addiction, a newspaper reported. Joshua Squires’ mother, Toni Squires, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that her...

WVa family drug treatment court celebrates first graduates

Aug. 12, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — A couple who lost custody of a young daughter through their drug addictions have become the first graduates of a family treatment court in West Virginia. Sabrina Ward and Matt Blackshire attended a ceremony with their daughter, family and friends Tuesday in Boone County, the state...

Prosecutors: Doctor, wife illegally imported meds from China

Aug. 7, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts psychiatrist and his wife both face charges in connection with a scheme to illegally import medications to treat alcohol and opioid dependence from China and falsify shipping documents to hide the contents of the imported packages, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dr. Rahim...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 3, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. Aug 1, 2020 Ultimate punishment requires total accountability It’s old news that Nebraskans voted to give the state control of the ultimate punishment. In May of 2015, the Legislature overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto and abolished the death penalty. A petition drive –...

Amber Heard arrives at High Court, in London, Monday, July 27, 2020. Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers over a story about his former wife Amber Heard, published in The Sun in 2018 which branded him a 'wife beater', a claim he denies.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Lawyer claims Depp was misogynistic abuser of ex-wife Heard

Jul. 27, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for British tabloid The Sun claimed Monday that Johnny Depp was “a hopeless addict” whose violence toward ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a toxic combination of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger. Attorney Sasha Wass was summing up at Depp’s libel...