Addiction and substance abuse

In this Dec. 21, 2017, photo, a notice stating the license to practice medicine for Dr. Andrzej Zielke has been suspended, is posted on the door at the closed Medical Frontiers office in Gibsonia, Pa. The Justice Department is giving federal prosecutors in 12 regions ravaged by the opioid abuse epidemic a trove of data officials say will help them stop over-prescribing doctors. But some experts say doctors are just a small part of a problem that won't be cured without prevention and treatment. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 01, 2018 - 9:35 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a strategy that gives them better access to drug and health-care data is helping them stop doctors who irresponsibly prescribe addictive pain pills. It's called the Justice Department's Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. The unit provides authorities in...
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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 - 2:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New federal data shows the number of U.S. children in foster care has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services was released Thursday. It counted 437,500 children in...
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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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James Harris, 54, poses for a photo Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. Harris has had AIDS for 30 years, he said. When medication stopped working, he got depressed and was evicted. Now he feels like an outcast, vulnerable and struggling to survive. He’s hoping that as a veteran he can get permanent housing, though he missed an earlier opportunity because a stint in a shelter disqualified him from being considered chronically homeless. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
November 06, 2017 - 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten sign with a plea for help. It's harder to look away when you've seen their eyes. Look past lines drawn by hard living or the still-...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 26, 2017 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that "we will overcome addiction in America," declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Trump's...
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October 18, 2017 - 4:11 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon. During a news...
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First lady Melania Trump, left, participates in a roundtable discussion of Lily's Place in Huntington, W.Va., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. To Trump's right are Kellyanne Conway, special advisor to the president, and Lily's Place Executive Director Rebecca Crowder. Lily's Place is the nations first nonprofit infant recovery center that also provides services to parents and families dealing with addiction. (Chris Dorst /Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
October 10, 2017 - 3:21 pm
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for infants in the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic. Mrs. Trump visited Lily's Place in Huntington on Tuesday. The nonprofit facility, the first of its kind in the nation, works with...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, first lady Melania Trump smiles during an event in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Melania Trump appears to becoming more at ease with her role as first lady. She is beginning to speak out more about how she envisions using her platform to help children in ways beyond cyberbullying. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 09, 2017 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a moment eight months in the making: Melania Trump bounding down the White House lawn to the vegetable garden made famous by her predecessor. Clad in a red plaid shirt, her eyes obscured by dark sunglasses, she greeted members of the local Boys and Girls Club who came to...
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September 19, 2017 - 2:55 pm
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription...
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