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Former Gov. Chris Christie joins drug recovery board

Jul. 13, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking on a new role in his efforts to help fight opioid addiction. Christie is joining the board of the Beach House Center for Recovery in Juno Beach, Florida. He'll serve as executive chairman, helping to develop policy and related matters. A...

Sarkisian loses $30M lawsuit against USC over firing

Jul. 9, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. An arbitrator last week ruled in favor of the University of Southern California, saying Sarkisian...

Case challenging Wisconsin's 'cocaine mom' law is dismissed

Jun. 18, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

A three-judge federal appeals panel dismissed a lawsuit Monday that challenged Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom" law, saying the case is moot because the woman who brought the action has moved out of state. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by then-Wisconsin resident Tammy Loertscher, who claimed her rights were...

Correction: Overdose Antidote-Expanded Access story

Jun. 18, 2018 2:39 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — In a story June 17 about naloxone and overdose deaths, The Associated Press misidentified an organization. It is BrightView Treatment Centers, not BritView Treatment Centers. A corrected version of the story is below: Overdose death toll declines in county hit hard by opioids A hard-hit...

Q&A: Opioids crisis is backdrop to new play about Betty Ford

Jun. 11, 2018 6:45 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It's no exaggeration to say Betty Ford changed the national conversation about addiction. The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centers credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction. She also was...

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

Jun. 7, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff's office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey. The lawsuit, filed Thursday...

Comedian Artie Lange spared prison term for drug charge

Jun. 1, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Artie Lange has been spared a prison term for possessing heroin. A judge on Friday ordered the comedian who has struggled with drug addiction to serve four years of probation. The Hoboken resident also must complete an outpatient drug treatment program. The charge stemmed from a May...

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

May. 23, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her...

Jets' Donahue says 30-day stay in rehab was 'life-changing'

May. 23, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Dylan Donahue feels fortunate to have a second chance. At football. And, most of all, at life. The New York Jets linebacker knew he needed to make some major changes this offseason after making a decision that nearly cost him everything. The 25-year-old Donahue was arrested and...

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

May. 22, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won...