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In this recent photo, God Smile Ministry founder and director Michael Magan, left, listens as Dr. Janet Rowland, right, talks with patient Jennifer Hasley about denture treatment in Owensboro, Ky. Hasley is among the first three patients to benefit from the God Smile Ministry that helps recovering addicts with dentures. (Messenger-Inquirer/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Going the Extra Smile: Recovering drug addicts get dentures

Jan. 19, 2020 11:38 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — In less than four months of existence, God Smile Ministry is already impacting lives through improving their oral health. On Thursday (Jan. 9), the second and third patients of the faith-based nonprofit were being treated by Dr. Janet Rowland at her Rowland Family Dentistry office at...

Longest-serving South Dakota chief justice bids farewell

Jan. 15, 2020 5:42 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his final State of the Judiciary address in Pierre on Wednesday, using the speech to push for a justice system that helps people address drug addiction and stay out of prison. The longest-serving chief justice in state...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 15, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Gadsden Times on developments with a long-awaited interstate extension project: With apologies to the Bard of Avon — and we’ll drop the part about the sweet fragrance — “What’s a road by any other name?” Local...

Delaware court reinstates sanctions against pain doctor

Jan. 11, 2020 2:38 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has affirmed a medical licensing board's decision to discipline a doctor for misconduct involving the use of opioid painkillers to treat a patient struggling with heroin addiction. The justices on Wednesday overturned a Superior Court judge's decision that...

Opioid-dependent kids' guardians seek to form class in suit

Jan. 10, 2020 3:02 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians caring for hundreds of thousands of children born dependent on opioids since 2000 should be grouped together as part of the class action lawsuit filed by local governments and others against the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of prescription pain medication, lawyers...

State launches opioid awareness campaign for younger adults

Jan. 9, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is launching a new opioid awareness campaign aimed at young adults, a state health department official said. The campaign, which was announced Wednesday during the monthly meeting of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, will...

County jails getting $7.8M for opioid-addiction treatment

Jan. 9, 2020 11:06 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will provide $7.8 million to county jails to support opioid addiction treatment for inmates. The funding announced Thursday will also create community partnerships needed to ensure that treatment continues once an inmate is released from jail, officials said, noting that...

West Virginia school wins video contest on opioid awareness

Jan. 6, 2020 4:52 AM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school has won a video contest aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse. Wheeling Central Catholic High School was selected as the winner of the public service announcement contest sponsored by Bill Powell, the U.S. attorney for...

In this March 28, 2019, photo, Yin Hao, who also goes by Yin Qiang, holds a Tylox pill while sitting in a tea house in Xi'an, northwestern China's Shaanxi Province. Officially, pain pill abuse is an American problem, not a Chinese one. But people in China have fallen into opioid abuse the same way many Americans did, through a doctor's prescription. And despite China's strict regulations, online trafficking networks, which facilitated the spread of opioids in the U.S., also exist in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online

Dec. 31, 2019 12:22 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has some of the strictest regulation of opioids in the world, but OxyContin and other pain pills are sold illegally online by vendors that take advantage of China’s major e-commerce and social media sites, including platforms run by tech giants Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, the...

In this March 28, 2019, photo, Yin Hao, who also goes by Yin Qiang, holds a Tylox pill while sitting in a tea house in Xi'an, northwestern China's Shaanxi Province. Officially, pain pill abuse is an American problem, not a Chinese one. But people in China have fallen into opioid abuse the same way many Americans did, through a doctor's prescription. And despite China's strict regulations, online trafficking networks, which facilitated the spread of opioids in the U.S., also exist in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China has pain pill addicts too, but no one's counting them

Dec. 31, 2019 12:21 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin. Six years later, he was still alive. And still taking OxyContin. Wu said his doctor told him that OxyContin is not addictive, but when Wu tried to stop,...