Latest Epidemics News

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...

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...

The Latest: Plaintiffs glad judge scheduled opioid trials

Apr. 12, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the scheduling of trials for local governments suing over the opioid epidemic (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A lawyer for local governments suing over the opioid epidemic is applauding a judge's decision this week to schedule trials in the case. Paul Hanly says the trial...

In opioid epidemic, some cities strain to afford OD antidote

Apr. 12, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes. "We could've easily handed...

Navajo Nation latest to sue over opioid epidemic in US

Apr. 11, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the country's largest American Indian tribes is the latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused the opioid crisis. The Navajo Nation's lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico seeks unspecified damages and...

Romania measles epidemic: baby dies, death toll reaches 46

Apr. 6, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian health authorities say a nine-month old baby has died of measles, the 46th fatality from an epidemic that has struck the country over the past year. The National Center for the Supervision and Control of Transmissible Diseases said Friday that the infant, from the Black...

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...

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...

CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic 'to its knees'

Mar. 29, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation's opioid epidemic "to its knees" and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. made the comments at a staff meeting of the Centers...