Latest Drug addiction News

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...

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...

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...

New York senators pass opioid legislation package

Feb. 4, 2020 10:40 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State senators on Tuesday easily passed a package of opioid legislation aimed at fighting a drug epidemic that lawmakers say has touched communities across New York. Lawmakers in the Legislature's upper chamber passed more than 15 bills on a range of issues tied to opioid issues,...

Malika Douglas, who once played basketball at Mastery North, was in and out of homeless shelters during her school years. Malika eventually moved in with Coach Damien Abrams and his family. She is shown in her old bedroom, now a dressing room, while visiting the Abrams home on Dec. 5, 2019. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Athletics helps girls fight back against food insecurity.

Feb. 1, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dajah Horsey grew up in a hurry. The pace was too fast. Drug addiction and incarceration, she felt, made many of the adults in her life unreliable. In middle school, junior high, and high school, Horsey — now an 18-year-old senior on the Girard College girls’ high school...

New Mexico seeks new tools to intervene in opioid addiction

Jan. 27, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is considering new funding for research into treating addiction with injectable opioids to help address long-term dependency on heroin and other opioids. A bill from Democratic state Rep. Miguel Garcia would provide $150,000 to the University of New Mexico for a...

This undated photo provided by Garrett Hade shows shows Hade at Recovery Fest hosted by Above The Noise Foundation event.  Hade, said he has been sober for nearly five years after a long odyssey through addiction that began with OxyContin when he was a teenager in Florida.  As an organizer with the Recovery Advocacy Project, Hade said he's telling people that they'll be able to make claims against Purdue Pharma. (Garrett Hade via AP)

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 PM EST

State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June...

Agreement to expand addiction treatment announced

Jan. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin insurance companies, healthcare providers and others announced an agreement Tuesday to do away with prior authorization requirements for most patients that can slow the prescription of drugs to treat people fighting substance abuse. Those involved with the deal heralded it as...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, members of the Coast Guard stand near seized cocaine in Los Angeles. The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine. Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked of the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well. The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late in 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill...