CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's top prosecutor filed suits Friday against the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their...
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
Markets are closing sharply lower after the latest escalation of the U.S.-China trade...
Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating...
Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to...
The Latest: Duo to push opioid settlement toward hospitals
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a nonprofit being formed by West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (all times local):
Medicaid expansion improves access to opioid treatment
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Medicaid expansion in Maine is starting to improve access to treatments for opioid use disorder.
The state's Medicaid expansion has provided health care coverage to...
Day care operator indicted for drug distribution
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The owner of an Iowa day-care center has been indicted in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, for allegedly conspiring to distribute heroin and the synthetic opioid...
Construction workers more prone to fatal opioid overdoses
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State data shows that construction workers in Rhode Island are more prone to fatal opioid overdoses.
The Providence Journal reports that Overdose Prevention and...
Health officials: Opioid-related deaths drop nearly 11%
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Department of Public Health report shows the number of people who have died of opioid-related overdoses fell nearly 11% in the first six months of 2019.
Oklahoma judge expected to rule Monday in opioid case
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule next week on whether consumer products company Johnson & Johnson helped fuel the state's opioid epidemic in the first such case against a...
State panel give Indiana’s chief justice new 5-year term
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first female leader of Indiana's highest court is getting another five years in the job.
The state Judicial Nominating Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to keep...
Whitmer creates task force to tackle opioid epidemic
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A task force is being created to tackle Michigan's opioid epidemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Wednesday forming the advisory group, which will include...
Doctor who says he’s patient advocate charged in pill probe
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor who has been a critic of the crackdown on opioid pills for chronic pain patients is now charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain...
2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit
Two pharmaceutical companies have reached settlements totaling $15 million to avoid being defendants in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid...
The Latest: 2nd company settles with counties in opioid suit
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on litigation over opioids (all times local):
A second drugmaker has agreed to settle lawsuits brought by two Ohio counties over the opioid...
Jail to become first in Massachusetts to dispense methadone
GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A rural jail is set to become Massachusetts' first correctional facility to dispense methadone to inmates for opioid addiction treatment.
US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Loved ones propped photos of more than a dozen young people lost to the opioid crisis against the outside of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside...
- Portage Daily RegisterOpioid deaths down in Wisconsin last year for first time since 2015August 16, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewMedical examiner says woman died after taking fentanyl in Spokane County JailJuly 31, 2019
- Ludington Daily NewsHow are we addressing the opiate crisis?July 26, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewSpokane dentist sentenced to home confinement after improperly prescribing thousands of opioid pillsJuly 23, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsTransparency ensures taxpayers won’t get ripped offJuly 21, 2019
Life expectancy drops in Wisconsin due to alcohol, drugs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Life expectancy in Wisconsin has dropped for two years in a row fueled by increased deaths from alcohol abuse and opioids, a report released Monday from the nonpartisan...
Maine clinics, hospitals get boost to fight opioid crisis
BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine will invest almost $6 million in federal money in community health centers and other institutions to try to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.
DeWine dismisses proposal to use fentanyl for executions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is dismissing a legislator's proposal to use the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to execute death row inmates as the state struggles to find a drug...
New York pursuing Sacklers’ financial records in opioid case
New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where...
SC Attorney General sues opioid distributors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against major opioid distribution companies, claiming the businesses are partially responsible for the opioid...
Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a multimillion-dollar online opioid drug ring said Thursday the operation started small, when he needed cash for student...
OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data
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...
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California alleges doctor killed 4 patients with opioids
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general said Wednesday that he is charging a Northern California doctor with killing four patients by overprescribing opioids and narcotics, crimes...
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- Business WireGlycoMimetics Reports Top-line Results From Pfizer’s Phase 3 Clinical Trial Evaluating Rivipansel in Sickle Cell Disease August 3, 2019
- NewMediaWireiCoreHuddle Helps Eliminate Opioid OverprescibingJuly 24, 2019
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- Business WireU.S. Reaches Major Milestone With Half of All States Requiring the Use of Technology to Combat the Opioid CrisisJuly 1, 2019
Regional Health participates in national opioid research
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Regional Health is participating in a two-year study on patients' experiences with pain and their prescribed opioid use.
NC doctor found guilty of illegally prescribing opioids
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A jury has convicted a North Carolina sports medicine doctor of illegally distributing opioids through a cash-only business.
NY doctor pleads guilty in patient’s opioid death
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York physician has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with a patient's overdose death.
The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that...
Wyoming doctor, brother sentenced to prison for pill sales
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming doctor and his brother have been sentenced to prison for a drug distribution conspiracy that resulted in a woman's death.
Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say...
The Latest: Trial opens for Utah man in major opioid ring
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Utah man accused of running an opioid ring (all times local):
Lawyers for a man accused of running a multi-million-dollar...
Alabama getting $6.3 million to fight opioids
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is getting $6.3 million in federal funding to help fight opioid addiction.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced grants last...
Addiction services agency offers test for detecting fentanyl
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...
Agency awards $6M to New Mexico to battle opioid crisis
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal agency has awarded grants totaling $6 million for New Mexico programs to combat the state's opioid crisis.
NEW YORK (AP) — When Jackie Narkiewicz switched careers and became a librarian, she thought she'd spend her workdays "drinking hot beverages and discussing literature with people."
Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — As western Massachusetts struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses, officials are embracing a controversial solution: sending men who have not committed any...
Indiana gets $8.4M from feds to fight opioid epidemic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services.
Man gets 24 years for selling fentanyl in fatal overdose
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison for selling fentanyl that caused a fatal overdose.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is receiving more than $9 million from a federal agency to help combat opioid addiction.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the money will...
Officials: 22 guns, nearly 40,000 drug ‘doses’ seized
EWING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities seized nearly 40,000 "doses" of heroin and fentanyl as well as 22 firearms as part of two separate probes in Trenton and Paterson, the attorney general...
UVM to get $6.6 million to create rural addiction center
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont will be getting $6.6 million in federal funding to create one of three rural centers around the country on addiction.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three...
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A suspension order by a Delaware medical board accuses a doctor of prescribing drugs to undercover officers and patients without following proper protocols.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opioid manufacturers distributed about 842 million pills to Minnesota pharmacies from 2006 to 2012, amounting to 156 pills for each resident, according to newly released...
Nurse anesthetist pleads guilty in painkiller case
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A nurse anesthetist has pleaded guilty to tampering with opioid painkillers in northern Iowa.
Records for the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids say Christopher...