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Lawsuit challenges policy of denying inmates addiction meds

Sep. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts jail's policy of denying inmates access to opioid addiction medication violates constitutional rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In a lawsuit...

GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs

Sep. 17, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis. The measure passed by a 99-1 vote Monday evening....

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Sep. 14, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017, a one-year...

Ohio awards latest prizes in opioid science challenge

Sep. 12, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio awarded another round of prizes totaling $2.4 million Wednesday in its global technology challenge seeking scientific breakthroughs to address the U.S. opioid crisis. The dozen winners from six states and Canada were judged the most promising of nearly 60 proposals submitted in...

BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019

Sep. 6, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will encourage doctors to recommend two alternative opioid pain relievers, Xtampza (ex-TAMP'-zah) and Morphabond,...

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

Aug. 20, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen....

Warren Buffett's son announces $30M Illinois investment

Aug. 9, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett...

Jails, prisons slowly loosen resistance to addiction meds

Aug. 7, 2018 1:07 AM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Four inmates sit silently in the library of the Franklin County House of Correction one summer morning. But these men aren't here to read books. Under the supervision of a nurse and two corrections officers, they're taking their daily dose of buprenorphine. The drug, often known by...

Alexander making journey back from painkiller addict to ring

Jul. 26, 2018 3:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Devon Alexander has gone from world champion to painkiller addict to boxer on the comeback trail. He believes the battles he's waged to get back into the ring will benefit him as he chases another title. Alexander held two world championships by the time he was 23 years old. But after...

First lady visits hospital to promote her 'Be Best' campaign

Jul. 24, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Melania Trump joined in the children's pastimes of blowing bubbles and playing with trains Tuesday as she promoted her "Be Best" campaign at a hospital and expressed her desire to help educate mothers and children about the dangers of drug misuse and dependency. The first lady got...