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Washington seeks over $38 billion from opioid distributors

Nov. 15, 2021 12:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After rejecting a half-billion-dollar settlement, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday took the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial, saying they must be held accountable for their role in the nation's opioid epidemic. ...

Bloomberg pledges $120 million to curb drug overdose deaths

Nov. 10, 2021 11:29 AM EST

Michael Bloomberg will spend $120 million in an effort to reduce the soaring numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, he announced today at a healthcare summit he organized. The pledge more than doubles the $50-million philanthropic commitment he made toward the same goal in 2018. ...

State study finds fatal opioid overdoses rose among workers

Nov. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fatal opioid overdoses nearly doubled in recent years among Massachusetts workers, with the construction, farming and fishing industries among the hardest hit sectors, according to an updated study from the state Department of Public Health released Monday. ...

A longtime addict, Yankton mother graduates from drug court

Nov. 06, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — As a drug addict for nine years, Keri Curtis chose to keep away from her children rather than have them see how far she had fallen. She lived on the streets, moving from place to place. She became trapped in abusive relationships and toxic people,...

Drug companies win in California opioid crisis lawsuit

Nov. 02, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has ruled for top drug manufacturers as local governments seek billions of dollars to cover their costs from the nation’s opioid epidemic. Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson issued a tentative ruling on Monday that...

California judge rules for opioid makers in damages lawsuit

Nov. 02, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has ruled for top drug manufacturers as local governments seek billions of dollars to cover their costs from the nation’s opioid epidemic. Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson issued a tentative ruling on Monday that...

Program aims to divert addicts to treatment instead of jail

Oct. 31, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — When a drug user enters the criminal justice system, it only exacerbates the problem, causing a cycle that is hard for the user to get themselves out of. “We don’t have an infinite source of funds in the system. However, we have enough that we put...

Public forums planned for West Virginia's drug response plan

Oct. 29, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials plan to hold eight virtual forums for the public to review and comment on the state's substance abuse response plan. West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse...

Boston begins clearing homeless camp, citing opioid crisis

Oct. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston are beginning to clear a sprawling homeless camp, citing a crisis of opioid addiction there. Workers with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services Bureau on Monday helped people living in the encampment near the...

Activist Shawn Lang, former leader at AIDS Connecticut, dies

Oct. 18, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shawn Lang, a longtime Connecticut activist for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as those impacted by opioid addiction and domestic abuse, has died. She was 65. Lang's unexpected death on Sunday , confirmed to the Hartford Courant by her...