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US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused

Mar. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., the nation's top medical advisers said Wednesday. Only a fraction of the estimated 2 million people addicted to opioids are getting the medications, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences,...

Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal...

Delaware doctor accused of trading opioids for sexual favors

Mar. 13, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware doctor is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors to a female patient who was undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Deputy Attorney General Zoe Plerhoples said during an administrative hearing Monday...

OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company

Mar. 4, 2019 2:00 PM EST

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts' attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. In its most expansive response to date, Connecticut-based Purdue argued in a motion...

Correction: Opioid Lawsuit-Massachusetts story

Feb. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 31 about a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, The Associated Press erroneously described the type of business the company McKinsey conducts. It is the management consulting firm, not a drug distributor. Also, the AP erroneously reported the year...

Family made billions on opioid as crisis raged, filing says

Feb. 1, 2019 3:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer despite evidence that the drug was helping to fuel the nation's deadly opioid crisis, Massachusetts authorities allege in newly public court documents. While aggressively...

Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?

Jan. 28, 2019 1:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers. Congress has provided targeted grants for treatment, recovery and prevention and made numerous policy changes to help people...