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Audit: Hospitals put Native Americans at risk with opioids

Jul. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit released Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

More drug users getting treatment instead of jail in Tucson

Jul. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of Tucson residents wrestling with substance abuse are getting treatment instead of jail under a program funded with federal grants. Law enforcement officials say they have seen a payoff in the past year from investing in treatment rather than incarceration for opioid-addicted...

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

As government tackles veteran suicide, SC vet shares story

Jul. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army veteran Joyce Letellier stopped herself from saying her future is bright. "I don't want to sound corny," the 61-year-old Hanahan resident said. Instead, she stresses she cares about her life now and doesn't want to die anymore. "If that makes sense," Letellier said. It's...

Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance

Jul. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden's son Hunter made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father Friday, two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through "tough times," including years of drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Biden's appearance at a fundraiser in...

Kentucky reports drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018

Jul. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of rising death tolls from a surge in drug addiction, Kentucky officials on Thursday reported the first statewide drop in drug overdose deaths since 2013. A new report indicated that 1,333 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, down nearly 15% from a record 1,566 deaths...

Court reinstates challenge to 'habitual drunkard' law

Jul. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging an unusual Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as "habitual drunkards" was reinstated Tuesday by a deeply divided federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the challenge to Virginia's so-called...

Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report , conducted for the state Department of...

Clinic to offer mental health, substance abuse treatment

Jul. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A new clinic offering mental health and substance abuse treatment is set to open in Delaware. Delaware State News reports the Sussex County Bridge Clinic will open Monday in Georgetown. The clinic will offer screenings and referrals for treatment Monday through Friday. It is...

Virginia to get share of opioid settlement

Jul. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is set to get a still-to-be determined amount of a $1.4 billion settlement to resolve U.S. investigations into the marketing of an anti-addiction drug. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a British-based company has agreed to settle over allegations its...