ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Two police chiefs in Virginia are encouraging residents who suffer from drug addiction to get treatment after as their city and county experienced an uptick in deaths from...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would encourage pregnant women with drug addictions to get treatment.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota to enter into law enforcement agreements with the state to better tackle crime and meth on...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State senators on Tuesday easily passed a package of opioid legislation aimed at fighting a drug epidemic that lawmakers say has touched communities across New...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dajah Horsey grew up in a hurry. The pace was too fast. Drug addiction and incarceration, she felt, made many of the adults in her life unreliable.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his final State of the Judiciary address in Pierre on Wednesday, using the speech to push for a justice...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Backers of an initiative to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs started collecting signatures in Portland this week.
HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A former corporate retreat in southern Indiana has reopened as a drug addiction treatment center.
The Wooded Glen Recovery Center started taking patients during...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — When Darren Waller signed a multiyear contract extension worth a reported $9 million a season, he couldn't help but reflect on the journey he's been on since signing a deal...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could decide next year whether to create new county courts to steer homeless people to mental health and drug addiction treatment programs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to proprietary research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them...
CLEVELAND (AP) — An alcohol and drug addiction services agency in the county that includes Cleveland has given businesses free fentanyl test strips their customers can use to find out if drugs...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government plans to drop criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantities to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts construction companies and labor unions held work stoppages at project sites across the state on Wednesday as their industry attempts to confront a high rate of fatal...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Oakland voting to decriminalize magic mushrooms (all times local):
Oakland has become the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a San Francisco proposal to force some people with drug addictions and mental illness into treatment (all times local):
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group active in the fight against drug addiction in Kentucky's largest city is planning to open a regional recovery center in Appalachia.
KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to battle the nation's drug addiction problem drew an enthusiastic response Friday in a small West Virginia community...
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...
Researchers eye brain implant for drug addiction
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.
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...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's chief justice has unveiled a statewide initiative to help the judicial system respond to the opioid epidemic that has put a strain on courts.
INWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Sitting in a solitary confinement cell inside Jessup Correctional Facility, Tiffany Koch found the strength to make a change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.