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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...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Oct. 12, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 7, 2021. Editorial: Johnson County GOP chair resigns after colleague alleges he grabbed her Just days after we reported on allegations Johnson County GOP Chair Fabian Shepard grabbed and kissed the Wyandotte County...

Now in power, Taliban set sights on Afghan drug underworld

Oct. 07, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Now the uncontested rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban have set their sights on stamping out the scourge of narcotics addiction, even if by force. At nightfall, the battle-hardened fighters-turned-policemen scour the capital’s drug-ravaged...

Louisiana opioid settlement money to go to local governments

Oct. 06, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana intends to divvy up the $325 million it expects to receive from a national settlement of opioid epidemic lawsuits to parish sheriffs and local governments to provide addiction treatment, response and recovery services, Attorney General Jeff Landry said...

2 charged with preying on those struggling with addiction

Oct. 01, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two men who authorities say took advantage of people struggling with opioid addiction by signing them up for false insurance policies and sending them to dubious out-of-state treatment facilities have been indicted on multiple charges, the Massachusetts attorney general's...

North Carolina prisons rename locales over racist histories

Sep. 30, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — Four North Carolina state prisons and a drug addiction treatment facility for probationers are getting their names changed because of histories connected to racism or slavery, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday. The renamings, which...

Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

Authorities: Man tries to sneak drug into jail in eye patch

Sep. 14, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A man faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after authorities said he tried to smuggle a drug used to treat opioid addiction into a northwestern Indiana jail in an eye patch. He was one of two people caught over the past days trying to sneak...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...