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.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware doctor is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors to a female patient who was undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana program is helping residents get to drug addiction treatment by paying for their transportation through ride-sharing service Lyft.
NY to fund 14 new drug addiction recovery centers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Fourteen new recovery centers intended to help those struggling with drug addiction are set to open thanks to a New York state investment.
Addiction services providers get $5M in state funding
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of hospitals and other providers of services for New Yorkers seeking help with alcohol and drug addictions are splitting millions in funding from a state agency.
The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services says nearly $5 million in funding will assist the agency's certified providers in hiring nurse practitioners and certified recovery peer advocates.
Program offers support for moms struggling with opioids
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A collaborative new program caters to moms and moms-to-be struggling with opioids in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, where the rate of hospitalized infants born dependent on drugs in fiscal 2016 and 2017 was about twice the state average.
Treatment facility for drug-addicted mothers opens in W.Va.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A residential treatment facility has opened in West Virginia for new and expectant mothers suffering from drug addiction along with their children.
Health care provider Marshall Health opened Project Hope for Women and Children on Thursday in Huntington.
Marshall Health says in a statement the 15,000 square-foot renovated facility features 18 single-family apartments. Shared laundry facilities are also on site.
Pope says governments have duty to combat drug traffickers
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says it is the duty of governments to fight drug traffickers, who peddle "death."
Francis, addressing participants at a Vatican conference on drug addiction on Saturday, decried "pathological forms derived from a secularized cultural climate, marked by the capitalism of consumption." He also noted "existential emptiness" and the "precariousness" of human ties.
Family: Woman shot was trying to check boyfriend into rehab
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was critically injured at a rehab center shooting was trying to get her boyfriend help with drug addiction when he shot her, an employee and another man, who died, her father said.
Brittany McCann's father, Richard McCann, said that instead of checking into San Rafael's Helen Vine Recovery Center, Davance Lamar Reed, 36, went on a shooting spree Monday, killing one man and seriously wounding McCann and an employee.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
NEW METH WORRIES PART OF LANCASTER'S DRUG ADDICTION EPIDEMIC, Nov. 5
Paranoia. Tooth decay. Facial scratches and lesions. Weight loss and frailty. Convulsions.
These are some of the physical signs and symptoms that might indicate that a family member or friend is suffering from an addiction to methamphetamine.
Woman’s addiction fight ended with deadly infection
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — April Corritore could make friends anywhere.
Even during the worst times of her longstanding drug addiction, Corritore had a magnetism that drew people in, her family said.
But on Oct. 20, Corritore died at Millcreek Community Hospital without any friends or family nearby. An infection had spread to her heart, with fatal consequences. The 33-year-old had spent the past month in the Erie County Prison, awaiting prosecution on charges that she stole painkillers.
Vukmir refers to Baldwin as ‘Princess Painkiller’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is referring to her Democratic opponent, whose mother battled a prescription drug addiction, as "Princess Painkiller."
Leah Vukmir tweeted the nickname for Sen. Tammy Baldwin along with a cartoon image of the senator on Wednesday. Baldwin's campaign manager Scott Spector calls the tweet "despicable."
Officials: Meth addiction fuels growing Kansas crime rates
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Methamphetamine addiction is driving up Kansas' crime rates and filling jails with individuals who would be better served in treatment centers, according to state and Wichita-area leaders.
Kansas and Sedgwick County officials met with community members at a Wichita Crime Commission event Thursday to discuss how to solve the state's growing meth and opioid problem, the Wichita Eagle reported.
Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.
Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids. Overall, U.S. drug overdose deaths have started to level off, but Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it's too soon to declare victory.
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.
Minnesota organization helps inmates with drug addiction
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota is working to help get inmates access to drug treatment and avoid the danger of overdosing when they leave jail.
Faith-based Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge offers short-term and long-term treatment programs, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The organization's 11 facilities serve about 850 people daily.
Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses
New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana.
Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Toni Harp and first responders to discuss the overdoses, as well as the country's opioid crisis.
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Warren Buffett’s son announces $30M Illinois investment
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services.
Lake County Board chairman ends re-election effort
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The leader of a county board in suburban Chicago who went on leave to undergo treatment for a drug addiction says he's ending his re-election campaign.
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said Tuesday he'd rather "lose my job than lose my life" when he announced he's withdrawing his candidacy for his County Board District 18 seat.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the legal door is open for the Legislature to use money from state's medical marijuana program to pay for services to help people addicted to drugs.
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.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jail is set to launch a new pilot program aimed at helping inmates overcome drug addiction.
Boston man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Boston man accused of forcing two heroin-addicted women into prostitution has pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking in Maine.
Court documents indicate 37-year-old Rashad Sabree threatened the women, verbally abused them and exploited their drug addiction. He pleaded guilty Wednesday under a plea deal in which he faces a sentence of 15 to 17 years in prison. His sentencing date has not been set.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is taking part in a discussion on efforts to expand access to medication assisted treatment for people in jail suffering from drug addiction.
The Democrat co-chairs the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force with Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur, of New Jersey. They are meeting Wednesday afternoon in Washington.
They will be joined by representatives of corrections, prisoner and law enforcement organizations.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The largest locally owned not-for-profit health care network in Northern Nevada announced its plans to expand access to prevention and intervention services for mental health disorders and alcohol and drug addiction.
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of a tribal executive board in Montana are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for help battling meth addiction in their community.
The Billings Gazette reports that Zinke met with the executive board of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on Sunday.
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- BusinessWireCigna Foundation Grant to Help Improve Health of Native American Moms and Babies Through Prenatal Care, Drug and Addiction Education and RecoveryNovember 27, 2018
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The chairman of a Kansas governor's task force on drug addiction has suggested that the state consider requiring medical professionals to participate in a prescription tracking system.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction.
But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her month in state prison, where Massachusetts sent civilly committed women until recent reforms, was the wake-up call she needed.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's latest television ad focuses on her mother's mental illness and addiction to prescription drugs.
Baldwin unveiled the ad Monday, a week after she opened up for the first time about her mother's struggles. She died in August.
Baldwin says in the 60-second ad that she recalls returning home from school and knocking on the door of her house, but her mom was unable to answer because she was passed out.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for re-election this year in Wisconsin, opened up Tuesday about her mother's mental illness and prescription drug addiction, in a moment of candor Baldwin hoped would empower others with similar experiences to come forward.
"This epidemic hits close to home for me and for so many others," Baldwin said, sitting across the table from a Milwaukee woman who also told her story of her father's struggles with addiction.
New Indiana program addresses maternal opioid crisis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined state health officials Monday in announcing a new program that targets opioid addiction among mothers and newborns.
The program at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis will have nearly $600,000 state grant money in place to curb the number of female addicts, whose babies often are addicted to drugs.
McConnell: Senate likely to consider anti-opioid package
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Senate is working on crafting a comprehensive package to combat the nation's opioid addiction problems and ease the transition from treatment to the workforce, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.
La PORTE — More than 60 people carried signs and photographs of loved ones lost Saturday during their march along Lincoln Way in the fourth annual Heroin Awareness Walk.
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.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A new family treatment court in Wisconsin aims to help children by more intensely addressing their parents' drug addiction.
HUNTINGTON — Cases of babies being born addicted to drugs are not slowing in West Virginia, according to new data released Wednesday from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
One 20-year-old man and woman died in Watertown over the weekend due to overdoses, another was revived.
Your Choice to Live, Inc., as a part of the Stairway to Heroin Educational Series presented, "Deadly Decisions" to students at Watertown High School on Monday.
Peer support continues after recovery center closure
CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — The former director of a drug addiction recovery center is continuing to offer peer support services in Claremont as community partners work on a long-term plan.
From staff and wire reports
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat the national scourge of opioid drug addiction, President Donald Trump called Monday for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including embracing a tactic employed by some of the global strongmen he admires: the death penalty.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.
The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in large numbers voted for Trump. And the president, though he has come under criticism for being slow to unveil his plan, has seized on harsh sentences as key to stopping the plague.
The Latest: Trump wants PR effort on dangers of drugs
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and opioid drug addiction (all times local):
President Donald Trump is declaring the need for a nationwide public relations effort to convince Americans, and particularly children, to not start using drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to be seen as tough on crime, has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday evening aimed at steering pregnant inmates into rehabilitation centers to treat their drug addiction.
Senators voted 33-4 to send the measure to the House. The bill is a response to Kentucky's surging incarceration rate among women, many of whom are facing drug charges.
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A 22-bed locked, drug addiction-treatment unit is expected to open in the coming weeks at the Richmond State Hospital in eastern Indiana.
Scott Osiecki chosen to lead Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
Scott Osiecki chosen to lead Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Scott Osiecki, chief of external affairs for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, has been named the agency's chief executive officer.
Lake County Jail inmates complete survey on drug addiction
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of Lake County Jail inmates have completed a survey on drug addiction to help county officials fight the opioid crisis.
Sheriff Mark Curran says the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management created the confidential eight-page survey. Inmates answered questions about why they were incarcerated and whether they abused illicit substances.
He says 430 inmates out of 540 at the jail agreed to participate.
At 6 feet 7 inches, Christopher Lyon can’t help but stand tall.
But the Springfield man held his head particularly high on Feb. 2, when he and 15 other local residents who have battled drug addiction graduated from Lane County Adult Treatment Court.