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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...

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...

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...

Albuquerque jail offers treatment for opioid addiction

Sep. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has begun a program to give buprenorphine to people in jail who are already using it to treat their opioid addictions. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the buprenorphine maintenance program...

Deal with OxyContin maker leaves families angry, conflicted

Sep. 02, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

Among the families who lost children and other loved ones in the nation's opioid crisis, many had held out hope of someday facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners in a courtroom. That prospect all but vanished Wednesday after a bankruptcy judge conditionally...

Arizona high court rejects major part of lawsuit against CVS

Sep. 02, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Supreme Court ruling rejects a major part of a Tucson hospital's lawsuit accusing a pharmacy chain of negligence and seeking compensation for care provided to opioid-addicted patients. The justices ruled Wednesday that...