Drug addiction

In this Sept. 22, 2017 photo, Julie Eldred poses for a photo in her Massachusetts home. Eldred, 29, tested positive for the opioid fentanyl less than two weeks after a court ordered her to refrain from drugs while on probation for larceny. She spent the next 10 days in jail until her lawyer could find her a bed in a treatment facility. On Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, Massachusetts' highest court will hear her case challenging the practice of ordering people with addiction to stay drug free as a condition of probation. (Jesse Costa/WBUR via AP)
October 02, 2017 - 12:22 am
BOSTON (AP) — A unique case before Massachusetts' highest court is challenging the practice of ordering people with addiction to stay drug free as a condition of probation. Julie Eldred was sent to jail last year after testing positive for fentanyl days into her probation for larceny. The 29-year-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the opioid crisis, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. From left are, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and National Drug Control Policy acting Director Richard Baum. Melania Trump has invited experts and people affected by addiction to opioids to the White House for a listening session and discussion about the epidemic. The first lady is hosting the Sept. 28 event in the State Dining Room and has invited journalists to attend a portion of the meeting to help raise awareness. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 28, 2017 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Melania Trump is listening and learning about the nation's opioid epidemic. The first lady has invited experts and people affected by addiction to drugs, including opioids, to the White House for a round-table discussion on...
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September 18, 2017 - 6:40 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that pharmaceutical companies agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction. The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton, shortly after he convened a meeting of the...
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August 24, 2017 - 8:23 am
TRUMP Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump can shift dramatically in tone from one speech to the next. Within a 24-hour span, Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which...
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Forrest Wood, 24, injects heroin into his arm under a bridge along the Wishkah River at Kurt Cobain Memorial Park in Aberdeen, Wash., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Wood grew up here, watching drugs take hold of his relatives, and he swore to himself that he would get out of this place, maybe spend his days in the woods as a park ranger. But he started taking opioid painkillers as a teenager, and before he knew it he was shooting heroin, a familiar first chapter in the story of American addiction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
August 21, 2017 - 1:28 pm
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl...
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Forrest Wood, 24, injects heroin into his arm under a bridge along the Wishkah River at Kurt Cobain Memorial Park in Aberdeen, Wash., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Wood grew up here, watching drugs take hold of his relatives, and he swore to himself that he would get out of this place, maybe spend his days in the woods as a park ranger. But he started taking opioid painkillers as a teenager, and before he knew it he was shooting heroin, a familiar first chapter in the story of American addiction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
August 21, 2017 - 8:00 am
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2016, file photo shows the packaging of Vivitrol at an addiction treatment center in Joliet, Ill. A new study finds only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance. The research suggests that doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth in the opioid addiction epidemic. The study was published Monday, June 19, 2017, in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson, File)
June 19, 2017 - 12:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A new study finds only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance. The research suggests that doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth in the opioid addiction epidemic. The study was...
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June 16, 2017 - 5:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has told a White House panel on fighting opioid and drug addiction that "we cannot arrest our way" out of the problem. Cooper said Friday in Washington that consensus and common sense are needed to find solutions that include substance abuse...
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June 01, 2017 - 1:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's lieutenant governor revealed Thursday that her two sons have struggled with opioid addiction, adding her family to the thousands known to be affected by the nation's prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic. "Like many Ohioans, my family is struggling with addiction...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin in Edmond, Okla. A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017 traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today's opioid epidemic by helping to convince doctors that these powerful painkillers carried less risk of addiction than they actually do. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
May 31, 2017 - 5:37 pm
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had been wary of opioids, fearing patients would get...
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