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16 nursing homes to accept opioid-addicted patients

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts nursing homes will now accept patients being treated for opioid addiction. Athena Health Care Systems reached a settlement on Tuesday with the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to forgo a practice that has long-remained common among nursing homes. Athena...

New Mexico joins opioids settlement with Purdue

Sep. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state prosecutors have reversed course to join in a tentative financial settlement over the role that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis. Attorney general's office spokesman Matt Baca said Wednesday in an email that participating in...

Mobile campaign geared at reality of youth opioid misuse

Sep. 15, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A mobile trailer staged as a typical teenager's bedroom is touring Maine to highlight the reality of warning signs of opioid misuse in young people. State government officials, lawmakers and community members have toured the trailer, which has made stops in Hallowell and Kennebunk. The...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

AP EXPLAINS: The tentative Purdue deal on the opioid crisis

Sep. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deal worth as much as $12 billion that's being negotiated between Purdue Pharma and its owners, and the state, local and tribal governments involved in national opioid litigation has the potential to shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug...

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

Sep. 11, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the...

What's ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Wednesday's tentative $12 billion settlement by some state, local and tribal governments with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and the company's owners could shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug distributors and retailers in lawsuits...

ACLU: Settlement allows inmate to get opioid addiction drug

Sep. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union say they have reached a settlement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons which allows an inmate to receive a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. The ACLU said in a news release Wednesday that the...

Wichita toddler injected enough methadone to kill adult

Sep. 11, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Court records say a Wichita toddler who died at a motel had enough methadone in his system to kill an opioid-addicted adult. The Wichita Eagle reports details were included in an affidavit released Tuesday in the case against 23-year-old Kimberly Compass. She's charged with...

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

Sep. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District...