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Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her administration announced a $1 million...

Ohio counties to be part of $350M federal opioid study

Nov. 9, 2019 11:41 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Ohio communities will be part of a $350 million federal study analyzing drug intervention techniques and policies. Ten Ohio counties will be among the first wave of communities participating in the National Institutes of Health's HEALing Communities Study, The Portsmouth Daily Times...

San Francisco: Mayor has easy reelection; vaping on ballot

Nov. 4, 2019 12:33 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a bruising fight last year to become San Francisco's mayor, London Breed faces token opposition on Tuesday's ballot as she struggles to find solutions to the city's homelessness crisis, drug epidemic and a housing shortfall that have put the politically liberal city in the...

Community gathers to share testimonies of drug abuse

Nov. 3, 2019 1:50 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Tim Craft was a drug addict for 12 years. Every day he would wake up and shoot up heroin. He remembers not even being able to function without heroin. Craft has since been sober and now uses his story of addiction for good, which is what led him Oct. 19 to Beckley's first-ever I Am...

Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape

Nov. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island. A hole in a pontoon left the structure's southeast corner partially submerged. Repairs were eventually made. But now as Cooke seeks to farm steelhead...

Barbarians and nuclear bombs; Carlin explores catastrophes

Oct. 28, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

"The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses," Harper, by Dan Carlin. This is a book about nasty things: epidemics, famine, sieges, civilizations collapsing and nuclear war. Carlin is fascinated by societal catastrophes. And he's very interested in the...

Editorials from around Ohio

Oct. 22, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Ohio pipeline protest bill threatens to shut down free speech The Columbus Dispatch Oct. 19 The Ohio House of Representatives should stand up for civil rights and stand up to corporate interests that want to make protesting a crime in...

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

Oct. 21, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who...

Meth crisis rising in Wisconsin amid effort to fight opioids

Oct. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jess Przybylski had never really dealt with loss. Then the father of her children was killed in a car crash. In 2011, her friends offered her methamphetamine to distract from the grief. Soon after, Przybylski lost her job. Her two children were taken from her once, then once more when she...

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

Oct. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent weeks. The U.N. health agency first declared the epidemic, the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in...