Latest Drug abuse News

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

Oct. 21, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland's Cuyahoga County and...

Raiders TE Darren Waller earns big new contract

Oct. 18, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — When Darren Waller signed a multiyear contract extension worth a reported $9 million a season, he couldn't help but reflect on the journey he's been on since signing a deal in that same office a year ago to join the Oakland Raiders from Baltimore's practice squad. A player who nearly...

The Latest: Bush-DeGeneres friendship prompts final question

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on Tuesday...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...

UConn to redirect donations from opioid maker owners

Oct. 9, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Connecticut will redirect some of the money it received from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to support addiction research and education at the school, university officials said Wednesday. The university, which says it received about $4.5 million...

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

Oct. 6, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have...

Federal lawsuit targets West Virginia foster care system

Oct. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state...

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

Sep. 28, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him, spending...

United's Kallman suspended 10 games for substance abuse

Sep. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman has been suspended 10 games for violating the MLS substance abuse policy. The league announced Thursday he tested positive for an identified performance-enhancing substance. He will also be fined 20% of his salary. Kallman will miss the...

16 nursing homes to accept opioid-addicted patients

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts nursing homes will now accept patients being treated for opioid addiction. Athena Health Care Systems reached a settlement on Tuesday with the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to forgo a practice that has long-remained common among nursing homes. Athena...