Addiction and substance abuse

In this April 26, 2018 photo, David Humes stands outside Legislative Hall, the state capitol building, in Dover, Del. Humes, whose son died from a heroin overdose in 2012, has been pushing for an opioid tax in Delaware, which did not increase funding for addiction treatment in 2017 as it struggles to balance its budget. “When you think about the fact that each year more people are dying, if you leave the money the same, you’re not keeping up with this public health crisis,” he said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)nydi
April 28, 2018 - 12:34 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it. Bills introduced in at least 15 states would impose taxes or fees on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investigation into Prince's death. Prince was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
April 19, 2018 - 6:57 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician's death. Carver County Attorney Mark...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, a woman holds the prescribed medical marijuana product used to treat her daughter's epilepsy after making a purchase at a medical marijuana dispensary in Butler, Pa. Two new studies released on Monday, April 2, 2018 suggest that legalization of marijuana may reduce the prescribing of opioids. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
April 02, 2018 - 11:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in March 2018 shows Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. On Thursday, March 29, 2018, Redfield, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pledged to work to bring the nation’s opioid epidemic “to its knees” and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. (Tracey Brown/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
March 29, 2018 - 6:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation's opioid epidemic "to its knees" and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. made the comments at a staff meeting of the...
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President Donald Trump speaks at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, March 19, 2018. Trump is in New Hampshire to unveil more of his plan to combat the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 20, 2018 - 1:12 am
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and first lady Melania Trump listen as President Donald Trump speaks at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, March 19, 2018, to unveil more of his plan to combat the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and opioid drug addiction (all times local): 2:55 p.m. President Donald Trump says the nation "must get tough" with drug dealers, which includes utilizing the death penalty. Trump unveiled his plan to combat the nation's deadly opioid...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump listens. Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. The president is scheduled to unveil his plan Monday, March 19, 2018, in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis. He'll be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, who has shown an interest in the issue, particularly as it pertains to children. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 19, 2018 - 1:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law. That from a top administration official. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump listens. Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. The president is scheduled to unveil his plan Monday, March 19, 2018, in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis. He'll be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, who has shown an interest in the issue, particularly as it pertains to children. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 18, 2018 - 8:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims...
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March 11, 2018 - 10:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 10 about an anti-opioid protest at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Purdue Pharma was owned by Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler. Arthur Sackler died before Purdue Pharma was formed. A corrected version of the story...
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March 09, 2018 - 2:50 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A doctor who admitted he accepted financial kickbacks for prescribing a highly addictive opioid spray has been sentenced to 51 months in prison. Dr. Jerrold Rosenberg apologized in court on Friday, saying, "I'm truly sorry for what I've done." Prosecutors say the 63-year-old...
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