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Family drug treatment court to open in another WVa county

Feb. 21, 2020 4:39 AM EST

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A family drug treatment court is set to open in another West Virginia county. The opening of the court at the Nicholas County Courthouse in Summersville is scheduled for Friday. Three state Supreme Court justices are expected to attend. The event is open to the public. It is the...

FILE - In a Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Kentucky Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes walks into a private meeting of the state House of Representatives in Frankfort, Ky. After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. 
The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after a long debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Kentucky House votes to legalize medical marijuana

Feb. 20, 2020 9:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. Both...

Lawmakers seek to push pregnant women to get drug treatment

Feb. 19, 2020 1:04 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would encourage pregnant women with drug addictions to get treatment. Rep. Spencer Gosch, a Glenham Republican, introduced the bill after hearing of a high rate of pregnant women with drug addiction. Current law allows those women to...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Spike in drug deaths must be reversed Akron Beacon Journal Feb. 15 Together, they would have filled about eight classrooms. All 198 had mothers, fathers, loved ones and people who cared about them. Yet, they all died in 2019 from...

Wisconsin tribal leader calls for action on opioids

Feb. 18, 2020 2:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Forest County Potawatomi Community on Tuesday urged Wisconsin policy makers to work together to fight the scourge of opioid abuse that he said was hitting the state's native populations hard. Forest County Potawatomi Chairman Ned Daniels Jr., used the annual State of...

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem delivers the annual State of the State address in the House Chamber at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Pierre, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Governor wants agreements with tribes to tackle crime, meth

Feb. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota to enter into law enforcement agreements with the state to better tackle crime and meth on reservations. The Republican governor on Thursday commended tribes for addressing problems with meth addiction and said...

Opioid center audit flags grant to buy former country club

Feb. 12, 2020 4:53 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A complaint to a government fraud hotline about a $750,000 grant by Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center to buy a former country club triggered a state audit that found “numerous deficiencies” with the center's grant process, auditors said in a report released...

Ballot question would let food stores sell beer and wine

Feb. 11, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A ballot question that would let convenience stores and other food stores sell beer and wine is drawing criticism from some researchers and substance abuse coordinators who say it could result in more crime and alcohol consumption. The question would let local authorities issue licenses...

Lansing police deploy social worker to help the homeless

Feb. 9, 2020 1:01 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's 7 p.m. on a Thursday night and Jan Bidwell is cautiously walking through ankle-deep snow in a grove of trees in south Lansing. She's heading for an area where she knows a man who is homeless has set up camp. He's not there. Bidwell tosses her business card into one of the...

City to give 'harm reduction kits' to people who use drugs

Feb. 7, 2020 10:09 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut's second largest city will soon begin distributing clean syringes and glass pipes in what are being called “harm reduction kits” to residents who use drugs. The kits, to be offered to those discharged from the New Haven police lockup, are also...