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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 20, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 20 The Intelligencer on profound changes needed to solve the opioid crisis: If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic...

Pandemic challenges Wyoming woman and others with addiction

Apr. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — When Jackie Fales was admitted to the Cedar Mountain Center she weighed 78 pounds. There was almost nothing left on her five-foot seven-inch tall frame. The Cody resident said she entered treatment in 2016 not out of choice, but necessity. ...

West Virginia gov signs needle exchange program regulations

Apr. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday signed a bill to introduce more stringent requirements to needle exchange programs that critics say will make it harder to get clean needles amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. The bill won...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man had collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been revived...

Appalachian recovery programs get millions in federal grants

Apr. 02, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is awarding $9.4 million in grants to 30 projects in a dozen states. The grants will aid programs that address Appalachia’s substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding programs dedicated to recovery from drug addiction. ...

WVa contest deadline April 16 for painkiller abuse awareness

Mar. 30, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A contest deadline is approaching for West Virginia schoolchildren to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. The Kids Kick Opioids contest is open to elementary and middle school students. It can include poems, drawings, letters or...

The Latest: Trump blasts Fauci and Birx as 'self-promoters'

Mar. 29, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is slamming two of his most prominent coronavirus advisers. He says Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx are “two self-promoters trying to reinvent history.” Fauci is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, and...

Report: Addiction cost West Virginia estimated $11B in 2019

Mar. 22, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Treating and addressing drug addiction cost West Virginia an estimated $11.3 billion in one year, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy. The report, written by economist Jill Kriesky, says the state spent that much in...

Veterans push Kansas to legalize medical marijuana

Mar. 20, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — George Hanna has undergone 21 orthopedic surgeries since he left the U.S. Navy in 1990. They began when he severely injured his knee in a training accident at the Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut and then following a motorcycle accident...