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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Oct. 18, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot. The league said Thursday the suspension will...

Obituary for woman with opioid addiction inspires donations

Oct. 17, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A powerful obituary for a Vermont woman with opioid addiction has inspired more than 100 donations to a local recovery center from around the country and as far away as Denmark. The family of 30-year-old Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir posted an obituary for her after she died Oct. 7 that...

AP Exclusive: Costly plan aims to stem inmate overdoses

Oct. 11, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal official who controls medical care in California prisons wants as much as a quarter-billion dollars a year to provide medication intended to ease a record increase of fatal drug overdoses among inmates. The plan that Clark Kelso released to The Associated Press on...

Eagles' Joe Walsh tells his addiction story at gala evening

Oct. 9, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from their friends, namely the Eagle's brother-in-law, Ringo...

Ben Affleck posts about substance abuse treatment

Oct. 5, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Affleck says battling addiction is "a lifelong and difficult struggle." The actor posted on Instagram Thursday that he has completed a 40-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remains in outpatient care. The 46-year-old says the support he's received from family...

Congress OKs opioid legislation in show of bipartisanship

Oct. 4, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Setting aside the Supreme Court fight, members of Congress this week approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the devastating opioid addiction across the country. But the Support for Patients and Communities Act, which President Donald Trump said he would sign into law, has...

Vukmir, Baldwin trade barbs in Wisconsin US Senate race

Oct. 3, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir told Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday that "your lies are spiraling," as Baldwin and Democrats unleashed more attacks on Vukmir's record with the election less than five weeks away. Baldwin faces Vukmir , a state senator, on Nov....

San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto

Oct. 2, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Driven in part by family tragedy, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has repeatedly pledged to open what could be the first supervised drug injection site in the country. However, California Gov. Jerry Brown made the promise tougher to keep when he vetoed legislation over the weekend...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Sep. 26, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 26 The New York Times says the U.S. Senate needs to stop ramming through Brett Kavanaugh's nomination: Enough. With a third woman stepping forward with accusations that the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault as...

11 people charged in drug treatment fraud involving pellets

Sep. 26, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven people including doctors have been charged in Southern California in an alleged insurance-fraud scheme involving an implant surgery that purportedly helps drug addicts and alcoholics, Orange County's top prosecutor said Wednesday. "Orange County's become what's known as the...