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Marijuana group still aiming for 2020 Mississippi ballot

Jul. 20, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A group petitioning to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi says it needs about 28,700 more signatures to put the initiative on the November 2020 ballot. Jamie Grantham is communications director for Medical Marijuana 2020. She said organizers have gathered more than 86,000...

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...

Counties: Drug companies shipped suspicious opioid orders

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn't abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal filing Friday....

The Latest: Drugmaker: Email does not reflect company stance

Jul. 19, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on filings in a case in which local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for a nationwide opioid crisis (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren't needed is...

Utah picks 8 growers for medical marijuana program

Jul. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah chose eight companies Friday to legally grow medical marijuana for the first time in the conservative state, though the decision to award a smaller number of licenses raised concerns among advocates about whether supply would be robust enough. Although the new law allows Utah to...

Colorado hospital to resume transplant surgeries year later

Jul. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado hospital will restart its organ transplant program after voluntarily stopping operations. The Denver Post reported that Porter Adventist Hospital officials announced Friday that kidney, pancreas and liver transplants are scheduled to resume by the end of the year. Officials say...

Court revives case on treatment of mentally ill inmates

Jul. 19, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday said a Montana judge confused two cases when he mistakenly threw out a lawsuit four years ago alleging that inmates with serious mental illnesses weren't receiving the treatment they need. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls threw out the...

Tennessee must mediate with prisoners over hepatitis C drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Tennessee to mediate with a group of prisoners who are demanding treatment for their hepatitis C infections. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw came after a four-day trial that included emotional testimony from a...

Dallas police chief on medical leave after 'major surgery'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police officials have confirmed that police Chief U. Renee Hall is on medical leave following surgery earlier this week. An internal email obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows Hall began her leave July 10, but the department didn't publicly acknowledge her departure until a week...

Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US

Jul. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more than bystanders...