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Maryland seeks consultant for new Baltimore treatment center

Oct. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland officials have taken a step toward building a new mental illness and substance abuse treatment center for nonviolent offenders in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Department of General Services has issued a request for...

California governor vetoes bill to pay people to stay sober

Oct. 08, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bill that would have made California the first state to pay people to stay sober. But just because Newsom vetoed the bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener on Friday does not mean the drug treatment program won't...

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...

Nonprofit grants propel prosecutor push on racial injustice

Sep. 26, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Deborah Gonzalez took office in January as the district attorney for the Western Judicial District of Georgia, she noticed that too few defendants, especially Black defendants, qualified for a program that promised treatment for addiction or mental health and not...

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...

Maine to pay addiction treatment providers more per patient

Sep. 01, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Facilities that provide treatment for substance use disorder will be reimbursed at a higher rate for Medicaid patients they treat, Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday. Some $2.1 million set aside in the budget passed in July will go toward...

Colorado's $400M opioid payout to be spread around state

Aug. 26, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The vast majority of the over $400 million that Colorado expects to receive from settlements of lawsuits filed over the harm caused by prescription opioids will be spread out across the state to be spent by local leaders under an agreement announced Thursday by a coalitions of...