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Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

Apr. 24, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid...

Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

Apr. 19, 2018 11:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician...

Minnesota prosecutors plan announcement on Prince death

Apr. 18, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the Minnesota county where Prince died will announce a decision Thursday on criminal charges following a two-year investigation into the musician's death from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz was scheduled to announce at 11:30 a.m. Thursday...

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

Apr. 16, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It's a rare instance in which Trump isn't trying to dismantle Obama administration...

Health officials: Prison program helps lower overdose deaths

Apr. 9, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An expanded program to treat prisoners for opioid addiction helped lower the number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island in 2017 after years of steady increases, state health officials said. The roughly 4 percent decrease in accidental overdose deaths represents a...

Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit

Apr. 5, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and large pharmacies for their alleged part in an overdose epidemic. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Oklahoma's northern district on Tuesday, The Oklahoman reported....

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see drug addiction as a disease

Apr. 5, 2018 9:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slim majority of Americans see prescription drug addiction as a disease that requires medical treatment, but most would not welcome those suffering from the problem into their neighborhoods, workplaces or families. New survey results reveal Americans' complex view of addiction as the...

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

Apr. 5, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees' children. The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds such spending cost companies and workers about...

Murphy wants new opioid spending but not for commercials

Apr. 3, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he wants $100 million in new spending to address New Jersey's opioid crisis while shutting down the prospect of any Chris Christie-style public service announcements to promote substance abuse treatment. Murphy, a Democrat, outlined the budget proposal...

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Apr. 2, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research...