Drug abuse

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities say kratom, a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy, contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, makes it more likely that kratom could be banned by the federal government. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)
February 06, 2018 - 4:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it...
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FILE - This Oct. 14, 2015 file photo shows the Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, the FDA is asking manufacturers of anti-diarrhea drugs to package their medications in smaller quantities, since recent statistics show a rise in abuse of massive doses to try and get high from a small amount of an opioid in the medication. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 30, 2018 - 1:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse. The request comes amid a spike in overdoses from large doses of the over-the-counter drugs, which contain a small amount of an...
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January 30, 2018 - 10:30 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Virtual reality, neural feedback and digital therapy were among five ideas to help solve the U.S. opioid crisis that won a global technology challenge in Ohio on Tuesday. Winners were selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by researchers, caregivers, service providers and...
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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 - 2:00 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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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
January 17, 2018 - 8:17 am
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant announced Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made...
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December 18, 2017 - 10:23 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 - 4:38 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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November 30, 2017 - 1:28 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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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2016, file photo shows the packaging of Vivitrol at an addiction treatment center in Joliet, Ill. The first U.S. study, published Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in the journal Lancet, comparing Vivitrol and Suboxone, two opioid addiction treatment drugs, finds that a monthly shot works about the same as a daily drug. The shot requires days of detox and that proved to be a stumbling block for many. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson, File)
November 14, 2017 - 5:38 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The first U.S. study to compare two treatments for opioid addiction finds a monthly shot works as well as a daily drug to prevent relapse. The shot requires days of detox first and that proved to be a stumbling block for many. For those who made it, the shot Vivitrol (VIV-i-trol)...
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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 - 1:48 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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