Drug abuse

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, Steph Gaspar, a volunteer outreach worker with The Hand Up Project, an addiction and homeless advocacy group, holds a used and blood-filled needle used for drug injection that she found while cleaning up a homeless encampment in Everett, Wash. Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 18, 2018 - 3:00 pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing...
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January 13, 2018 - 3:48 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran is suing a hospital that he says misdiagnosed him as being a cocaine addict instead of suffering from gallbladder and pancreas disease. The State newspaper in Columbia reports Eric Walker has sued Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia for its treatment of him...
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January 04, 2018 - 1:14 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have come up with proposals to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that a House committee on Wednesday completed a report with a long list of recommendations on how to deal with the health problem. State...
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December 18, 2017 - 11:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President John Skipper says he is resigning to take care of a substance abuse problem. The sports network says its former president, George Bodenheimer, will take over as acting head of the company for the next 90 days. Skipper says in a statement that he's struggled for many...
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December 07, 2017 - 5:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants for ideas that include development of pain management...
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December 02, 2017 - 11:21 am
ATLANTA (AP) — State lawmakers say Georgia needs to target mental health and substance abuse issues in order to address the needs of the state's homeless population. A state Senate study committee has released nine recommendations that it says will improve access to mental and behavioral health...
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November 30, 2017 - 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids. The Food and Drug Administration approved once-a-month Sublocade for adults with opioid...
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November 30, 2017 - 3:49 pm
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...
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This photo provided by Innovative Health Solutions shows the NSS-2 Bridge. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced clearance of the NSS-2 Bridge, a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids. The nerve stimulator is the first device to treat such symptoms including joint pain, anxiety, stomach aches and insomnia. (Courtesy of Innovative Health Solutions, Inc. via AP)
November 15, 2017 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids. The nerve stimulator is the first device to treat such symptoms including joint pain, anxiety, stomach...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks to reporters in St. Louis. Greitens announced an executive order that day, establishing a prescription drug monitoring program for Missouri, the last state without such a program. But nearly four months later, the program is still not in place. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
November 10, 2017 - 2:48 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri remains the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program aimed at curbing opioid abuse nearly four months after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish one. The head of the state agency that will oversee the plan told the...
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