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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. ...

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...

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...

Warrant: Opioid addiction may have motivated clinic shooting

Feb. 19, 2021 16:00 PM EST

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — An alleged gunman's addiction to opioid medication was the “driving force” behind last week’s shooting at a Minnesota health clinic that left one person dead and four injured, a veteran investigator said in his application for a search warrant. ...