BOSTON (AP) — A state commission is recommending Massachusetts end the practice of sending men with substance abuse issues to correctional facilities for treatment.
DETROIT (AP) — Two Michigan hospital systems are getting more than $1.3 million in grants to combat the opioid epidemic, and county jails are in line to get similar funding in the...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Substance abuse treatment providers in Arkansas have been laying off employees and turning away some patients since the state slashed federal subsidies, and officials warn...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation Monday that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone...
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware has permanently revoked the license of a doctor accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors from a female patient undergoing treatment for...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state's addiction treatment programs.
SEATTLE (AP) — A county in Washington state has agreed to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners at its jail, following a federal lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tools for treating drug addiction are there — they just aren't reaching most of the people who need them.
That's the conclusion reached by the National Academies in a...
Addiction treatment home for girls closes
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts' only residential addiction treatment center for adolescent girls has been closed.
The Telegram & Gazette reports the Highland Grace House in Worcester...
Treatment firm accused of exploiting addicts, insurers
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office charged the co-founder and former executives of an addiction treatment firm Monday and accused them of profiting off addicts by...
Doctors raise concerns about addiction treatment rules
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Some doctors in Ohio have raised concerns about rules requiring counseling for people who receive drug addiction treatment.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana program is helping residents get to drug addiction treatment by paying for their transportation through ride-sharing service Lyft.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state's addiction treatment programs.
NY urged to offer addiction treatment drugs in all prisons
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of drug policy experts and advocates for inmates are urging New York lawmakers to pass legislation requiring prisons and jails to provide medication-assisted...
Massachusetts to help test addiction treatment rating system
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has agreed to participate in a new rating system that is being developed to measure the quality of addiction treatment programs.
State health officials say the rating system will primarily use data from three sources: insurance claims, provider surveys, and consumer experience surveys.
The information will be made publicly available to those searching for high-quality addiction treatment, as well as to public and private payers, states, and referral sources.
Veterans addiction treatment center being built in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new $4.4 million facility is being built at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita to treat veterans' addictions.
Medical center director Rick Ament said at a groundbreaking Friday that the inpatient center is "a badly needed service for veterans between Kansas City and Oklahoma City."
Mother helps nonprofit grow after son’s fatal overdose
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Norwich woman whose son inspired her to start a nonprofit said his Jan. 11 overdose death only has made her more tenacious.
Ceci Iliff's late son, Benjamin, was well into his struggle with heroin when she founded The Charity Challenge five years ago. She couldn't stand feeling helpless, she said, and wouldn't let the enormity of the problem daunt her.
Comptroller: Contractor ineligible for $4M in state payments
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say an audit has found that a national drug and alcohol treatment services provider received nearly $4 million in ineligible payments from New York.
Rutland police: Crime rates drop, city cites drug treatment
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Police in the Vermont city of Rutland say statistics show an across-the-board drop in crimes across the city.
$10M in addiction treatment funding available from NY state
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of dollars in additional state funding is available for expanding addiction treatment services across New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $10 million will support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The Democrat says the funding is being administered by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The money will be distributed through a request-for-applications process.
Smoking ban at Philly-funded drug programs starts next week
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia says recovering addicts will have to stub out their cigarettes before checking into a city-funded inpatient drug treatment program starting next week.
Philly.com reported Friday that the smoking ban covers staff and patients at 80 programs receiving city funding and goes into effect Tuesday.
Rate increase approved for addiction treatment centers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Executive Council approved an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates Wednesday for residential addiction treatment providers, who had warned that they might have to eliminate beds and reduce services despite the ongoing opioid crisis.
Michigan monastery takes meditation to rehab, prisons
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Meditation is challenging for Brandon Navin. It feels like it goes against the whole way he's been taught to function in society, he said.
"I feel as though I feel I have to be constantly stimulated," he told the Battle Creek Enquirer . "I feel as though I'm constantly dragged against my will, my thoughts and feelings."
Audit finds problems with use of NY opioid monitoring system
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found problems in how addiction treatment programs use New York's opioid prescription monitoring system.
The review finds instances where administrators failed to check the system to see if patients receiving treatment for addiction were getting opioids from another doctor.
New addiction treatment facility expects to open in March
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An official says West Virginia University Medicine plans to open a new residential addiction treatment facility in March.
WVU Medicine spokeswoman Amy Johns told The Dominion Post that's when officials expect to start accepting patients at the $12 million facility in Morgantown.
Bismarck addiction center to use telemedicine, expand reach
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck addiction treatment center is using telemedicine to extend its reach to western North Dakota, a rural region where such services are limited.
Senate panel: NY needs addiction treatment professionals
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state Senate panel is recommending the state do more to recruit and train health care professionals who work with recovering addicts.
That's one of 11 recommendations included in a report issued Wednesday by the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.
Other suggestions include more monitoring of opioid prescriptions and changes intended to expand access to overdose antidotes and alternative pain medication such as medical marijuana.
Maine directs much of emergency opioid money to treatment
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has directed most of the first wave of federal emergency money to target the opioid crisis on treatment, according to an Associated Press analysis, similar to other states that have not expanded Medicaid.
AP analysis: ‘Obamacare’ shapes opioid grant spending
With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it.
To a large extent, the differences depend on whether states participated in one of the most divisive issues in recent American politics: the health overhaul known as "Obamacare."
Ex-governor wants to reform state’s opioid treatment system
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey on Tuesday called on the state to overhaul how it deals with opioid addiction treatment.
McGreevey, a former Democratic governor who resigned from office in 2004, chairs the Jersey City-based New Jersey Reentry Corporation. He has been a prominent figure in the state urging the public sector to address the overdose crisis, which is on pace claim 3,000 lives this year.
Jail to use new wings to help treat inmates with addiction
CINCINNATI (AP) — A jail in Cincinnati is adding 92 new beds to help treat inmates with substance addiction.
The beds are part of two new jail wings at the Hamilton County Justice Center that are being retrofitted from existing space, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported . The project is funded through a $2.5 million state capital grant.
Addiction experts gather for NY conference
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Addiction experts and recovery professionals from around New York state are gathering for their annual conference in Albany.
They'll hear from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, as health care professionals discuss best practices and challenges in the field of addiction treatment.The two day event kicks off Monday and will include remarks from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat.
Community clashes with clinic over addiction treatment
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A few weeks ago, community members and physicians gathered for a town hall in Beckley, West Virginia. On the agenda? Whether a new psychiatric clinic downtown should be allowed to do medication-assisted treatment from their building.
"What matters is - it's our neighborhood," said community member Patty Teubert. "I don't understand why you don't hear that."
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The leader of a county board in suburban Chicago is taking a 30-day leave of absence to undergo treatment for a drug addiction.
HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Corrections on behalf of an inmate who says he was denied medication to treat his opioid addiction.
The lawsuit filed Thursday says the department is violating 30-year-old Zachary Smith's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their actions amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 150 beds are being added to residential addiction treatment facilities in New York City thanks to a state grant.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says about $4 million will be awarded to expand services and add 156 beds at three treatment provider residences in the Bronx and three in Brooklyn. The Democrat says the funding will help those communities in the ongoing fight against opioid addiction while allowing facility residents to receive treatment close to home.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An opioid addiction treatment center has opened in Bloomington nearly a year after city leaders questioned why state officials didn't talk with them before announcing the location.
The Limestone Health clinic opened last week and started providing medical assessments and methadone for patients addicted to heroin and other opioid-based drugs. The new Bloomington clinic is among five new privately operated treatments sites announced by state officials last July.
Correction: Overdose Antidote-Expanded Access story
CINCINNATI (AP) — In a story June 17 about naloxone and overdose deaths, The Associated Press misidentified an organization. It is BrightView Treatment Centers, not BritView Treatment Centers.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Overdose death toll declines in county hit hard by opioids
A hard-hit Ohio county that expanded availability of naloxone during the opioid epidemic has been seeing a decline in its overdose death toll
Heartview to expand addiction center in Bismarck
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An addiction treatment center based in Bismarck is expanding after seeing the demand for drug and alcohol abuse treatment services double in the past five years.
Heartview Foundation announced plans this month to add 16 more treatment beds for men and 15 efficiency apartments at the shuttered Ruth Meiers men's emergency shelter. The organization bought the 12,000-square-foot shelter for $1 million earlier this year.
State delays change for addiction treatment agencies
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's health and human services agency is delaying a billing change that several addiction treatment agencies warned would threaten their operations.
SEATTLE (AP) — In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff's office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington officials are expected to impose a moratorium on new addiction treatment centers as they consider other ways to provide treatment without hurting the community.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A year after a state lawmaker's death, friends and family are gathering to raise money to support addiction treatment in the Upper Peninsula.
John Kivela, a Democrat from Marquette, killed himself after a drunken driving arrest in the Lansing area. In 2015, he publicly said that he had struggled with alcoholism.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A police program in Kentucky allows community members struggling with addiction to seek help without facing reprisals.
HUNTINGTON — A former CVS Pharmacy in Huntington will soon house what local health care leaders are touting as the region's all-in-one referral point for addiction treatment and care — powered by some of West Virginia's most established and well-equipped providers.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new nonprofit aims to establish a one-stop shop for addiction treatment and care in West Virginia.
Last week, I called for a full-scale public health campaign to fight the opioid epidemic. Getting Ohioans struggling with addiction the treatment they need must be a big part of that effort. But our investment can't end there.
We need to make sure recovering Ohioans have the job opportunities they need to get back on their feet.
SSM Health to close Baraboo addiction Treatment and Recovery Center in June
The Baraboo SSM Health Treatment and Recovery Center will close its doors June 15, further limiting what many health officials view as a shortage of assistance programs for drug addiction across the state.
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Spokesperson Melanie Platt-Gibson said changing regulations at the state and federal level, coupled with qualified staff shortages and lack of reimbursement funding have put the rehab center for alcoholism and other drug addictions on an unsustainable path.