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Stories with person: Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:21 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.

  • MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:07 am
  • LOS ANGELES - Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

  • 5 things to know about heroin use, getting help 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:01 am
  • Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of - and deaths from - heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue.

  • Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:44 pm
  • NEW YORK - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

  • 'We're all paying:' Heroin spreads misery in US 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:53 am
  • On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.

  • Heroin overdose antidote: Who gets to carry it? 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:58 pm
  • CAMDEN, New Jersey - As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and the people advocates say are the most critical group - people who abuse drugs, and their friends and families.

  • Plimpton comes to London in 'Other Desert Cities' 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 1:48 pm
  • LONDON - Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States.