BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the credential of a nurse after she failed to show up for drug screenings.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lying inside a scanner, the patient watched as pictures appeared one by one: A bicycle. A cupcake. Heroin. Outside, researchers tracked her brain's reactions to the surprise...
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado coroner has determined a Columbine massacre survivor and addiction recovery advocate died of a drug overdose.
The Denver Post reports the Routt County Coroner's...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday took another step in the battle against opioid abuse by forming a panel that will analyze where and how money should be spent to fight the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has received a nearly $12 million federal grant to research challenges connected with rural drug abuse in the Midwest.
Trump to keep fighting opioids ‘until our job is done’
ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to battle the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done," and he claimed progress even though it is unclear whether the...
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Office of Drug Control will be re-established in the governor's office and a state task force on drug abuse will be set up to provide a unified vision for battling...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new committee has been formed in Virginia to try to reduce alcohol and drug abuse at the state's colleges and universities.
Family made billions on opioid as crisis raged, filing says
BOSTON (AP) — The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer despite evidence that the drug was helping to fuel the nation's deadly opioid crisis, Massachusetts authorities allege in newly public court documents.
State sets up online form to report opioid, Rx drug misuse
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials are making it easier for health professionals and the wider public to report suspicions about misuse of prescription drugs, an effort designed to lessen the harm from opioid abuse.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called the online reporting tool another step toward addressing the opioid crisis that resulted in more than 5,400 overdose deaths in the state last year.
Indiana sees progress with opioid abuse epidemic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana drug abuse commission has found that the state is seeing progress in the fight against the opioid epidemic, but there is still much that needs improvement.
Rhode Island opens mental health and drug abuse help center
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting its first triage and call center for mental health and substance abuse disorders.
BH Link is a 24/7 facility for Rhode Islanders experiencing behavioral health crises and for their families and friends struggling to find help.
Rhode Island gets $750K grant to help victims of drug abuse
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received a $750,000 federal grant to help children affected by substance abuse.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the grant Monday in Providence. The funds will go toward Family Service of Rhode Island and CODAC Behavioral Health Care. Funding will last for three years.
Officials say the grant will help children whose parents are dealing with substance abuse or juvenile patients. Funding covers services including counseling and mentoring programs.
Craighead County students march for drug abuse awareness
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — McKenzie Hanson wants to prevent drug abuse because it tears apart families.
Hanson, a 10th-grade student at Valley View High School, said her uncle has battled drug addiction.
"My uncle has been really bad on drugs," she said. Hanson said her uncle is addicted to methamphetamine.
Lab to study impact of genetics, microbiome on substance use
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine laboratory will receive nearly $4 million to study the role of the microbiome and genetics in substance use disorders.
The human microbiome is the full assortment of bacteria, viruses and other microbes than inhabits the human body. Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, which got the grant, says there's mounting evidence that the microbiome of the gut plays a big role in behavioral response to addictive drugs.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jail is set to launch a new pilot program aimed at helping inmates overcome drug addiction.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing manufacturers of the opioid OxyContin of creating an epidemic of drug abuse in the state and misrepresenting the risks posed by prescription painkillers.
In a court filing, the state claimed Purdue Pharma waged an aggressive marketing campaign for its drugs that relied on deception, exaggeration and flawed science. It claimed Purdue's actions amounted to fraud, negligence, nuisance and a violation of state consumer sales law.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced 10 opioid-related bills Tuesday in an effort to address the drug abuse crisis in the state, including a proposal that would let California share prescription records with other states.
Ask the experts in the criminal justice system today what is one of the most pressing issues of concern in society, and the answer is the abuse and addiction to opioids.
While most equate the “opioid epidemic” with prescription pain relievers such as Percocet and OxyContin the high cost of these drugs is having a ripple effect. Those addicted to prescription drugs have turned to the much cheaper drug of choice heroin, said Lake Havasu Police Department Chief Dan Doyle.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's hospitals have agreed to spend $50 million over the next five years to fund the state's substance abuse programs.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Several state agencies are participating in a new initiative to help schools across New York prevent and address substance use disorder among students.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the departments of Health, Education and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services are making flash drives available for coaches, teachers, school nurses, and other educators.
Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and large pharmacies for their alleged part in an overdose epidemic.
The Rite Aid Foundation is committing $1.125 million to a program that uses digital technology to teach high school students about prescription drug abuse prevention.
The Pittsburgh program, part of a statewide initiative, was announced at a news conference held Thursday by the Rite Aid Foundation, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
Governor signs executive order and bills on addiction
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Following an earlier promise, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed two bills and an order setting new deadlines for a nearly decade-overdue drug abuse action plan.
Missouri bill expands Medicaid for drug abuse treatment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed legislation that could allow women who give birth while undergoing substance abuse treatment to remain covered by the Medicaid health care program for a longer time.
State law currently cuts off their Medicaid coverage 60 days after giving birth.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed Florida's opioid legislation into law, a move seen by many as a good first step in combating a crisis that has claimed at least 16 lives a day in the Sunshine State.
"What it does take is a pretty comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic," said Mark Fontaine, Executive Director for the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. "It has education programs and helps control the measures for availability."
The Putnam Wellness Coalition working together for a drug-free community
With a name like "Putnam Wellness Coalition," there is a common misconception that the coalition focuses on healthy lifestyles in general.
Although the roots of the coalition are that of a group that sought to address all issues concerning health and wellbeing, the coalition has redefined itself over the years, now primarily focusing on the area where there is the greatest need — substance use and abuse, especially among youths.
Inaction is not an option. Thats the clear message that two alarming new reports about the nations opioid drug abuse epidemic sent state and federal policymakers on Tuesday.
Children are sacred. The innocence and vulnerability of children demand our best efforts to ensure their protection and well-being. This includes “the ones that are on their way,” to use a traditional Northern Cheyenne concept. Big Horn County’s war against methamphetamine and alcohol abuse will be won, but this ongoing fight against the evils of these addictions demands that the health and well-being of our children not be governed by the judgment of addicts.
WILKES-BARRE — Amid flashing lights and Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” came the sobering stories of opioid addiction: records numbers of overdoses, a couple who overdosed with their children in their home, a pregnant woman charged after using drugs. It was the beginning of a presentation from DJ Choices, a group that teaches students about the dangers of drug abuse. With sponsorship from Geisinger, the group has shown its presentation at schools in Pittston Area, Hanover Area and Wilkes-Barre Area.
People can get drug abuse help at state police posts
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — People seeking drug abuse treatment will be able to get help from state police under a program now available across Kentucky.
News outlets report state police Commissioner Rick Sanders, Gov. Matt Bevin and state Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley announced the Angel Initiative on Thursday. The program allows people to visit any state police post and be connected with officers there who will help them find appropriate treatment.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed an executive order creating a task force to combat opioid and methamphetamine abuse.
The task force created Thursday will be headed by the leaders of 16 state agencies and also will include medical and law enforcement personnel with expertise on substance abuse.
Colyer said that the opioid and meth epidemics are "very real" in Kansas. He noted that opioid overdoses in the state have climbed from 35 in 2000 to 159 in 2016.
New education campaign targets opioid abuse in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new education campaign is being launched in Wyoming to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse by teens and young adults.
The Wyoming Department of Health says the campaign is titled "They Didn't Know" and is presented by the Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders.
Department of Public Health Figures Showing an 8.3 Percent Decline in Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in This State Would Seem to Provide Evidence for Those Fighting This War on Drug Abuse That Their Combined Efforts Have Begun to Show Results.
There were 1,977 suspected or confirmed fatal opioid overdoses in 2017; that's 178 fewer than the 2,155 recorded the previous year. It's an abrupt turnaround from 2015 to 2016, when the opioid overdose death rate increased 22 percent.
There's still far too many people dying from injecting or otherwise consuming illegal drugs.
Missouri House advances needle-exchange bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Tuesday advanced a bill to make it legal for organizations to provide free needles to drug users, a change backers said could prevent the spread of disease and help combat the opioid epidemic.
Colorado doctors reduce prescription to combat drug abuse
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Preventing opioid addiction can start in a doctor's office, which is why hospitals and clinics across southwest Colorado are cutting back on prescribing opioids such as codeine and oxycodone.
More than 42,000 people from across the country died in 2016 by opioid overdose, setting a record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Colorado, heroin was responsible for 228 deaths, and opioid-related deaths totaled 300 during the same year.
South Dakota’s fight against prescription drug abuse
The conversation continues around the Nation on the prescription drug epidemic. In 2014, South Dakota ranked 49 out of 51 states for drug overdose deaths and 20 out of 21 states in 2015. Unfortunately, the unchecked national epidemic has made its reach into South Dakota. We must be more vigilant than ever in South Dakota to fight back and be proactive in protecting against prescription drug abuse.
Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, regulators say
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis.
The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government.
The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November.
US officials seek packaging fix for diarrhea-drug abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse.
The request comes amid a spike in overdoses from large doses of the over-the-counter drugs, which contain a small amount of an opioid.
Attorney general talks opioid scourge during Kentucky visit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Kentucky to tout a new program that targets doctors who overprescribe opioids.
Sessions visited the U.S. attorney's offices in downtown Louisville Tuesday morning to discuss efforts to curb drug abuse in areas where overdose deaths are surging.
MORGANTOWN — Between 2010 and 2015, the combined overdose deaths from cocaine and psychostimulants with abuse potential — a drug category that includes methamphetamine, Adderall and Ritalin — equaled the number of overdose deaths from heroin.
Residents of our community are not immune to the nation's growing opioid crisis.
Locally, there have been more than 600 overdose cases reported in Kankakee County by Riverside Medical Center and Presence St. Mary's Hospital as of late September. Clearly, we need to consider a better prescription for the question: How do we safely dispose of our unwanted or unused drugs?
Stein talks student loans, drug abuse, assaults on campus
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has started a series of appearances on college campuses to speak about issues facing students.
Stein held his first event Thursday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stein, other Department of Justice attorneys and school leaders talked about student loan challenges, as well as sexual assault and alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
Madison Middle School students spent time after school Wednesday learning facts as part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.
Celebrated the last week in January since 2010, the week aims to teach teenagers about drug and alcohol usage, said Marlo Roberts, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator with Community Connections.
Survey of needle exchange users shows meth usage up across Washington
Methamphetamine use is on the rise among Washingtonians using needle exchange programs, a statewide survey released Thursday says.
Some 82 percent of the 1,079 injection drug users surveyed across the state had used methamphetamine over the past three months, compared with 69 percent in 2015.
Kentucky attorney general touts new office website
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general says his office has a new website to enhance access for people seeking information and services from the office.
Andy Beshear says the new website will help Kentuckians interact with his office on such issues as combating drug addiction and child abuse and protecting older people from scams.
Beshear says the revised ag.ky.gov also offers information on his office's contracts and instructions on how to submit open records requests electronically.
Gazette opinion: Stop drug abuse, halt child abuse
Parental drug abuse is a factor in two out of every three child neglect and abuse cases in Montana, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
While opioids (including heroin and prescription drugs like Oxycontin and fentanyl) are the most deadly epidemic nationwide, Montana continues to suffer severely from methamphetamine addiction. The children of addicts suffer the most.
DPHHS analyzed the statewide foster care caseload in July and found that: