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Over 500 inmates escape from Sri Lanka drug treatment center

Jun. 29, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 500 inmates escaped from a heavily guarded drug rehabilitation center in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday after a suspicious death led to an outbreak of violence, police said. The Kandakadu rehabilitation center, about 250 kilometers (150 miles)...

Kentucky shatters its fatal overdose record; fentanyl blamed

Jun. 13, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that...

Oregon botched drug treatment plan tied to decriminalization

Jun. 02, 2022 22:45 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to get millions of dollars in funding to treatment centers and related services as part of Oregon's pioneering drug decriminalization have been botched even as drug addictions and overdoses increase, state officials and lawmakers said on Thursday. ...

Former state AG sent to treatment after probation violation

May. 23, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer, who served jail time for leaking secret investigative files and lying about it, admitted Monday that she violated her probation when she was arrested for drunken driving in March. Kathleen Kane, the first...

3 convicted in $20M California drug treatment fraud scheme

May. 09, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people were convicted Monday in a scheme to bilk California's Medi-Cal system out of nearly $20 million by submitting phony claims for drug and alcohol treatment for school students, federal prosecutors said. They were the latest among 19 people convicted...

Rare cases of COVID returning pose questions for Pfizer pill

May. 09, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more doctors prescribe Pfizer's powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug. Paxlovid has become the go-to option against COVID-19 because of its...

Treatment for opioid addiction often brings discrimination

Apr. 09, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Danielle Russell was in the emergency department at an Arizona hospital last fall, sick with COVID-19, when she made the mistake of answering completely when she was asked what medications she was on. “I said yes, I was taking methadone,” said Russell, a...

US: Discrimination based on opioid treatment violates law

Apr. 05, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

A deepening opioid epidemic is prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to warn about discrimination against those who are prescribed medication to treat their addictions. In guidelines published Tuesday, the department's Civil Rights Division said employers, health care providers,...