Drug abuse

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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August 08, 2017 - 9:29 am
WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — A recovering addict who runs an addiction prevention program is one of 39 people charged last week in a $10 million drug ring operating in eastern Pennsylvania. Online court records show 54-year-old Michael D. Rowe posted bail and got out of the Berks County jail on Tuesday...
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August 08, 2017 - 9:23 am
WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — A recovering addict known who runs an addiction prevention program is one of 39 people charged last week in a $10 million drug ring operating in eastern Pennsylvania. Online court records show 54-year-old Michael D. Rowe posted bail and got out of the Berks County jail on...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 11, 2011, file photo, a man prepares heroin he bought on the street to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The facility is promoted by its founders as a safe, humane facility for drug abusers. A report released Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that a safe haven for drug users to inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years. Researchers didn’t disclose the location of the site. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
August 08, 2017 - 12:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to exist in the U.S. until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities...
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In this Monday, July 24, 2017 photo, Steven Kemp, who is addicted to heroin and is homeless, speaks with The Associated Press after meeting with a Philly Restart representative for help to obtain an identification card in Philadelphia. As an opioid epidemic ravages the nation, small but vulnerable populations of homeless people who are seeking respite from their addictions are sometimes turned away from the country's already threadbare system of drug treatment centers because they do not have valid photo identification (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 04, 2017 - 12:22 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Many homeless people addicted to heroin are being turned away from an already-threadbare system of drug treatment centers because they don't have photo identification. The numbers are difficult to quantify, but advocates say they encounter homeless people every day who are...
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July 27, 2017 - 3:18 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania doctor has been found guilty of selling prescriptions for controlled substances to drug dealers and addicts for cash. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( http://bit.ly/2v9QW3Q ) a jury convicted 63-year-old Azad Khan of conspiracy and two counts of distributing...
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July 19, 2017 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's drug commission is drawing new criticism after it missed a second self-imposed deadline. Twenty senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have written to the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy urging him...
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Stephanie Woodward, of Rochester, NY, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, is removed from a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as she and other disability rights advocates protest proposed funding caps to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 22, 2017 - 10:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate Republicans' health care bill (all times local): 10 p.m. Medical organizations and other interest groups are weighing in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would...
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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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