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Opioid-ravaged West Virginia looks to $26B deal for help

Jul. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Crumbling roofs and parking lots. Broadband glitches. Technology challenges. The priority list for Prestera Center goes beyond the mental health and addiction treatment services it provides to patients throughout West Virginia. One thing’s for...

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. ...

City to consider moratorium on drug treatment facilities

Jul. 12, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed moratorium on residential drug treatment facilities is being considered by officials in one West Virginia city. The Parkersburg City Council will consider an ordinance Tuesday that would bar new centers until June 30, 2022, The...

GOP's Cox: California should force homeless into treatment

Jun. 28, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — John Cox, a Republican candidate for California governor, said Monday that he would force homeless people into mental health or addiction treatment before providing them with housing as part of his effort to cut homelessness in half in five years. ...

Vermont decriminalizes possession of opioid addiction drug

Jun. 04, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law decriminalizing possession of the opioid use disorder treatment drug buprenorphine. The measure decriminalizes possession of up to 224 milligrams of the drug by people without a prescription, WPTZ-TV...

North Dakota addiction treatment plan eyes border residents

May. 24, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers took several approaches to boosting an addiction treatment voucher program that ran out of money last year. The 2021 Legislature approved $15 million for the substance use disorder voucher program in the 2021-23 budget cycle,...

At 16, she drove drunk and killed a man. It happened again.

May. 15, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Five years ago, a diminutive teenage girl with striking brown eyes stood shackled and weeping in a Tampa courtroom. Jennifer Carvajal admitted she was drunk early one morning a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday. She admitted that she’d blown...

Mental health patients’ information was on Maine website

May. 10, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine patients’ confidential information about receiving mental health and addiction treatment services has been available on a state website for over three months, a state Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said Friday. Twenty...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 10, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. May 9, 2021. Editorial: $20 million can’t reduce Akron’s gun violence without innovation, clear plan Guns remain at the heart of America’s political divide. On the streets of Akron and most large...

Hospitals give out doses of antidote to fight opioid crisis

May. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — When doctors write a prescription for the life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose, patients only bother to fill them about 5% of the time. But what if hospital physicians simply handed a vial of naloxone to the patients they worry are most likely to...