TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Igor Smirnov was introduced to opiates the day his first son was born, when he got celebratory drunk and a neighbor injected him with an intoxicating extract of opium...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest association of cities and towns plans to lobby for a new ombudsman for drug abuse and control policy when state lawmakers return to the Capitol next...
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of Vermont’s leaders in addressing substance use and addiction has been appointed to a national panel that is looking for ways to improve federal programs for substance...
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for the first time since 2012, stemming a surge that was linked to substance abuse by parents, according to new...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of inmates is suing the New York state prison system over its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse, saying they are being forced to live with chronic pain...
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Researchers at the UMass-Amherst campus and UMass Medical School have received a $10 million grant to help research the effectiveness of opioid addiction treatment in jails...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of people packed a public comment session on the opioid epidemic as experts called for greater collaboration between law enforcement and public health workers, suggesting specific steps to curb prescription drug abuse and help the addicted.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest provider of drug and alcohol abuse treatment will close its eight facilities early next year, forcing an estimated 5,000 people to find treatment elsewhere.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont family support organization in South Burlington has received a $3 million grant to go toward its efforts.
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor, according to new federal data released on Thursday.
The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted 437,500 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2016, up from about 427,400 a year earlier.