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Pope says governments have duty to combat drug traffickers

Dec. 1, 2018 12:24 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says it is the duty of governments to fight drug traffickers, who peddle "death." Francis, addressing participants at a Vatican conference on drug addiction on Saturday, decried "pathological forms derived from a secularized cultural climate, marked by the capitalism of...

Babies born in withdrawal new complication in opioid cases

Nov. 29, 2018 3:30 PM EST

The expansive court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born dependent on the drugs? Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from the federal...

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

Nov. 2, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA...

Correction: Heroin Withdrawal-Jail Deaths story

Oct. 26, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about heroin withdrawal deaths in jail, The Associated Press erroneously identified a New York legal nonprofit. The group is called the Legal Action Center, not the National Action Center. A corrected version of the story is below: County pays nearly $5M over heroin...

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Oct. 24, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history. Nearly 48,000 people died last year from...

AP analysis: 'Obamacare' shapes opioid grant spending

Oct. 22, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. To a large extent, the differences depend on whether...

Obituary for woman with opioid addiction inspires donations

Oct. 17, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A powerful obituary for a Vermont woman with opioid addiction has inspired more than 100 donations to a local recovery center from around the country and as far away as Denmark. The family of 30-year-old Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir posted an obituary for her after she died Oct. 7 that...