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Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

Authorities: Man tries to sneak drug into jail in eye patch

Sep. 14, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A man faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after authorities said he tried to smuggle a drug used to treat opioid addiction into a northwestern Indiana jail in an eye patch. He was one of two people caught over the past days trying to sneak...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

Albuquerque jail offers treatment for opioid addiction

Sep. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has begun a program to give buprenorphine to people in jail who are already using it to treat their opioid addictions. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the buprenorphine maintenance program...

Deal with OxyContin maker leaves families angry, conflicted

Sep. 02, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

Among the families who lost children and other loved ones in the nation's opioid crisis, many had held out hope of someday facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners in a courtroom. That prospect all but vanished Wednesday after a bankruptcy judge conditionally...

Arizona high court rejects major part of lawsuit against CVS

Sep. 02, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Supreme Court ruling rejects a major part of a Tucson hospital's lawsuit accusing a pharmacy chain of negligence and seeking compensation for care provided to opioid-addicted patients. The justices ruled Wednesday that...

Colorado's $400M opioid payout to be spread around state

Aug. 26, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The vast majority of the over $400 million that Colorado expects to receive from settlements of lawsuits filed over the harm caused by prescription opioids will be spread out across the state to be spent by local leaders under an agreement announced Thursday by a coalitions of...

California looking to pay drug addicts to stay sober

Aug. 26, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Frustrated by out-of-control increases in drug overdose deaths, California's leaders are trying something radical: They want the state to be the first to pay people to stay sober. The federal government has been doing it for years with...

Legal aid services get $1.2M to help fight substance abuse

Aug. 24, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's civil legal service programs have received nearly $1.2 million from federal grants to help them respond to the state's drug epidemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Local programs can use the funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s...

McConnell touts drug recovery efforts for federal aid

Aug. 19, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

Kentucky's addiction recovery efforts deserve to rank as a priority when looking for ways to spend massive amounts of pandemic aid coming to the state, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Thursday. McConnell discussed the state's opportunity to steer federal pandemic money...