Latest Epidemics News

State: Opioid deaths decline slightly for 2nd straight year

Feb. 13, 2019 1:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people who died from opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts fell by 4 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, the second consecutive year the death rate has declined, state officials said Wednesday while warning the opioid crisis was still far from under control. A...

Giant heroin spoon art is moved again, to drugmaker's gates

Feb. 7, 2019 2:31 PM EST

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker's office to protest the opioid crisis. The Providence Journal reports that 48-year-old Domenic Esposito, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and a partner placed the nearly 11-foot-long, 800-pound...

Maine governor signs executive order on opioid epidemic

Feb. 6, 2019 4:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a sweeping executive order Wednesday aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic that's plaguing the state and region. Her action calls for the purchase and distribution of an additional 35,000 doses of the overdose antidote naloxone along with funding...

Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in US by 2030

Feb. 6, 2019 10:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. His move is being greeted with a mix of skepticism and cautious optimism by anti-AIDS...

Trump plan to stop HIV epidemic targets high-infection areas

Feb. 5, 2019 11:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. Briefing reporters ahead of Trump's State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services...

The Latest: Dem women, including Ocasio-Cortez, cheer Trump

Feb. 5, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 10:50 p.m. President Donald Trump seemed pleasantly surprised when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jumped to her feet with other white-garbed female House members and cheered something he said. The moment...

District says vaping now an 'epidemic' in Brevard schools

Feb. 2, 2019 3:05 AM EST

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cpl. Kirk Geweniger leads a rambunctious yellow Labrador retriever through the lunchroom at Astronaut High School. "Find it," he commands, and Sonic, the 3-year-old Lab, gets to work inspecting each student, under the guise of a playful pup looking for some attention. As students...

US doctor who survived Ebola honored for service in Liberia

Jan. 31, 2019 7:42 PM EST

HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Almost five years have passed since he nearly died of Ebola in Liberia, but Richard Sacra has never wavered from his commitment to the struggling West African nation. The 56-year-old family doctor from Massachusetts was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola during...

Montana considers bills to address missing Native women

Jan. 30, 2019 7:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering legislation meant to address what officials call the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. The Great Falls Tribune reports that supporters of the bills testified for hours before a legislative panel on Wednesday then held a rally in the...

Tennessee agency: Foster care needs grow amid opioid crisis

Jan. 28, 2019 6:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee agency is asking for tens of millions of dollars more in the upcoming state budget to address growing foster care needs amid the opioid epidemic. Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said at a budget hearing Monday that since 2016, Tennessee...