Latest Drug abuse News

Coffee shop serves hope to people recovering from addiction

Jul. 19, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town's newest coffee shop is offering people recovering from opioid addiction a fresh start, one steaming cup of java at a time. Hope & Coffee began serving customers Thursday morning in Tamaqua, a small coal-region town about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from...

Boxing organization giving college scholarships

Jul. 18, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

Rebecca Maine was a heroin addict as a teenager. At times, she didn't see living very long as a viable option. Now, Maine is a student at the Penn State campus in DuBois and has Olympic aspirations as a boxer. Considering how far she has come since first trying heroin at age 16 to "going on to using it with more...

Kentucky jail to get program for opioid-addicted inmates

Jul. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Opioid-addicted inmates at a Kentucky jail will soon have access to a medical treatment and comprehensive therapy program in partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, officials said. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation officials think the Start Strong program announced Monday...

Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation

Jul. 16, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Judges in Massachusetts can order people with addiction to remain drug free as a condition of probation and jail defendants for failing to do so, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a case that garnered national attention amid the deadly opioid epidemic. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled...

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...

10 charged in health fraud cases in western half of Kentucky

Jun. 28, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal authorities in Kentucky said Thursday they uncovered schemes to divert thousands of powerful opioid painkillers and submit millions of dollars in false medical billings as part of the government's nationwide crackdown on health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman...

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Jun. 21, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new "gaming disorder" classification from the World Health Organization revives a debate in the...

FDA clears 1st generic film strip of addiction drug Suboxone

Jun. 14, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of an under-the-tongue film for treating opioid addiction. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a generic version of Suboxone, a film strip that dissolves under the tongue. Used daily, it reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings for opioids and...

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...