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US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused

Mar. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., the nation's top medical advisers said Wednesday. Only a fraction of the estimated 2 million people addicted to opioids are getting the medications, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences,...

Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal...

US drug czar says border wall will reduce influx of drugs

Mar. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's drug czar on Monday touted the president's plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall as a way to save American lives by helping stem the flow of illegal drugs into the country. While visiting Kentucky, drug czar Jim Carroll said Trump's long-promised border wall...

Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight

Mar. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Three decades ago, Lori Ann Bourgeois was guarding fighter jets at an air base. After her discharge, she fell into drug addiction. She wound up living on the streets and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. But on a recent day, the former Air Force Security Police member...

FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug's cousin

Mar. 6, 2019 3:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a...

Alleged victim in kidnapping, sex assault files lawsuit

Mar. 5, 2019 5:56 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who police say was kidnapped along with her 4-year-old son and later sexually assaulted by a man who had allegedly run away from a Vermont addiction treatment center is suing the state of Vermont and the center for not doing enough after he fled. In a lawsuit...

Correction: Opioid Lawsuit-Massachusetts story

Feb. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 31 about a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, The Associated Press erroneously described the type of business the company McKinsey conducts. It is the management consulting firm, not a drug distributor. Also, the AP erroneously reported the year...

Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?

Jan. 28, 2019 1:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers. Congress has provided targeted grants for treatment, recovery and prevention and made numerous policy changes to help people...