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Black farmers feel left out of medical marijuana system

Aug. 07, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Nearly six years ago, the Florida Legislature set aside a medical marijuana license for a Black farmer like John Allen to join the burgeoning industry. But the license still has not been issued by the Florida Department of Health, which regulates the...

State worker, consultant plead guilty in bribery scheme

Aug. 03, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former state child welfare worker and a substance abuse consultant pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a bribery scheme in South Florida. Alexandra Alia Cadet, 31, of West Palm Beach, and Shannel Simone Escoffery, 34, of Coral Springs,...

Neurologist guilty on 12 counts of sexually abusing patients

Jul. 29, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent neurologist was found guilty Friday on charges of sexually abusing patients while treating them with pain medications. A New York City jury reached the verdict after deliberating for about three days at the trial of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani. ...

Senators seek help for seniors struggling with opioid use

Jul. 28, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Senators from Maine and Maryland have proposed legislation they said would support older residents who are addicted to opioids. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said Wednesday they've introduced a bill to address...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 21, 2022 03:19 AM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. July 15, 2022. Editorial: With democracy at risk, some Pa. GOP leaders wisely break with one of their own Nine Republican leaders from across the state are supporting Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro. They recognize the threat posed...

AP PHOTOS: Despair and poverty fuel drug use in Afghanistan

Jul. 20, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of men using heroin, opium and meth were strewn over a hillside above Kabul in tents or lying in the dirt. Some of them overdose, and quietly slip across the line from despair to death. “There’s a dead man next to you,” someone told me as I...

NC pharmacy ordered to take steps to prevent drug abuse

Jul. 13, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has issued an order prohibiting a North Carolina pharmacy and its two pharmacists from dispensing controlled substances without taking steps to help ensure the drugs will not be abused, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. The consent...

Relaxed methadone rules appear safe, researchers find

Jul. 13, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down the nation in March of 2020, the U.S. government told methadone clinics they could allow stable patients with opioid addiction to take their medicine at home unsupervised. Methadone, an opioid itself, can be dangerous in large amounts and most...

Man who dated Arizona teacher gets life for her murder

Jul. 12, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A man who brutally killed an Arizona elementary school teacher after she bailed him out of jail will spend the rest of his life prison, a judge said Tuesday. Charlie Malzahn, 32, was given a life sentence with no chance of parole in Coconino County Superior...

Doctors urge access to psychedelic therapies in New Mexico

Jul. 12, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Physicians and researchers are urging New Mexico legislators to allow the use of psychedelic mushrooms in mental health therapy aimed at overcoming depression, anxiety, psychological trauma and alcoholism. A legislative panel on Tuesday listened to advocates...