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50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many...

Indiana expected to get $507 million from opioid settlement

Jul. 21, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will receive $507 million as part of a multi-state agreement to settle a lawsuit against opioid distributors designed to bring relief to people struggling with addiction to the drug, officials said Wednesday, Attorney General Todd Rokita said...

Cameron outlines opioid settlement's impact on Kentucky

Jul. 21, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky stands to eventually reap more than $460 million to combat its opioid-addiction woes as its share from a possible $26 billion settlement with several pharmaceutical companies, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday. Cameron laid...

Washington AG rejects opioids settlement, wants trial

Jul. 21, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday said he has formally rejected the state's proposed part of a $26 billion settlement with the nation's three largest drug distribution companies and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson related to the opioid addiction and...

Colorado joins $26B settlement to address opioid crisis

Jul. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A proposed $26 billion settlement with the nation’s three largest drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson would bring at least $300 million to Colorado to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. State Attorney...

Delaware could get more than $100M in opioid settlement

Jul. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware could receive more than $100 million under a proposed $26 billion nationwide settlement with producers and distributors of opioid painkillers, state officials said Wednesday. The proposed settlement is the result of a yearslong effort by...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 21, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. July 20, 2021. Editorial: Greene must stop misleading her constituents As a member of Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene has a responsibility to tell her constituents, including the residents of Whitfield and Murray counties, the...

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

Jul. 20, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were on the verge of a $26 billion...

Pot arrests drop but arrest rate higher for Black people

Jul. 20, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana-related arrests have dropped since the first recreational pot shops opened in Colorado seven years ago but Black people are still much more likely to get into legal trouble for cannabis offenses, according to a state report released Monday. The...

For pregnant women, pandemic made hunt for drug rehab harder

Jul. 15, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

After using drugs on and off for years, Megan Sims wanted to get clean again. But she couldn’t bring herself to stop during the coronavirus pandemic, even when she discovered she was going to have a baby. She had been to rehab before but couldn’t fathom how to do it while pregnant. ...