Latest Drug addiction News

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...

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...

City closes encampments filled by people addicted to heroin

May. 30, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jason Carmine moved to Philadelphia from Delaware when he was offered a job in the landscaping business. But within two weeks, he found himself unemployed with nowhere to go. He and his father, Kevin, huddled beneath a bridge in Philadelphia, sheltering with other people who, like them,...

Tribes ask Interior secretary for help with meth addiction

May. 27, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of a tribal executive board in Montana are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for help battling meth addiction in their community. The Billings Gazette reports that Zinke met with the executive board of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on Sunday. Fort Peck...

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

May. 23, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her...

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

May. 22, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won...