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Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

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...

Cowboys' Collins banned 5 games over substance-abuse issue

Sep. 10, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys right tackle La'el Collins was suspended five games Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The suspension came a day after Collins played his first game since 2019 in the Cowboys' opener, a 31-29 loss to defending Super Bowl...

Half of US offers legal sports betting as NFL season begins

Sep. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — More than half of the United States now offers legal sports betting, just three years after it was allowed by the U.S. Supreme Court. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys kick off the NFL season Thursday night, gamblers in 26...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

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...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 01, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

Greensboro News & Record. Aug. 30, 2021. Editorial: The ACC’s hometown faces an unsure future Oh, the pangs of unrequited love. We’ve fretted before that the Atlantic Coast Conference might leave Greensboro for a city with...

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...