- Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment Updated: Apr-17-14 7:55 pm
- Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time Updated: Apr-17-14 4:24 pm
- Official: Recovering drug addicts should speak up Updated: Apr-17-14 4:20 pm
- Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment Updated: Apr-16-14 1:13 pm
- Colorado county grapples with high suicide rate Updated: Apr-10-14 1:02 pm
- Ohio candidate calls for more heroin treatment Updated: Apr-08-14 6:18 pm
- Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment Updated: Apr-06-14 1:44 pm
- Fast facts about some obstacles to heroin sobriety Updated: Apr-06-14 10:28 am
- A look at heroin use, deaths in some US states Updated: Apr-05-14 2:34 pm
- 'We're all paying:' Heroin spreads misery in US Updated: Apr-05-14 11:53 am
- A look at heroin deaths, treatment in Montana Updated: Apr-05-14 10:29 am
- Heroin use rises in Oregon, mirrors national trend Updated: Apr-05-14 10:26 am
- Heroin use in Tennessee Updated: Apr-05-14 10:05 am
- W.Va. addiction treatment facility seeks funds Updated: Mar-28-14 6:58 am
- Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study Updated: Mar-26-14 6:05 pm
- Williston attorney pushes inpatient drug treatment Updated: Mar-21-14 8:33 am
- NY settles with insurer over mental health claims Updated: Mar-20-14 3:08 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - An estimated 50,000 people in Vermont need treatment for addiction problems every year and don't get it, and efforts to expand treatment options for people addicted to heroin and other opiates are expected to increase pressure on the treatment system, the head of an addiction-treatment center told a state Senate committee Thursday.
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - Former NBA player Jayson Williams says re-entering society after serving time for fatally shooting a chauffeur in 2002 was more difficult than being in prison.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - The president's top adviser on drug policy urged those recovering from drug addiction to give hope to others by speaking out, saying that stigma and denial about substance abuse are obstacles to treatment.
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Police knew about the suicidal tendencies of nearly a third of the people who killed themselves in Mesa County in the first half of last year, according to a new study that found gaps in monitoring, counseling, drug treatment and other areas in the county where the suicide rate is double the state's and triple the nation's.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state needs to treat the problem of heroin abuse as a public health crisis by ramping up prevention and treatment efforts and toughening penalties for dealers, including homicide charges if an overdose results in death, the Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general said Tuesday.
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.
Treatment facilities are packed. Inpatient rehab is costly. Insurance companies have refused coverage. Addicts looking to get clean from heroin often face an uphill battle. A look at the process, and some of the obstacles to getting sober:
In and around Cleveland, heroin-related overdoses killed 195 people last year, shattering the previous record. Some Ohio police chiefs say heroin is easier for kids to get than beer. In Missouri, admissions to treatment programs for heroin addiction rose 700 percent in the past two decades. In Massachusetts, state police say at least 185 people have died from suspected heroin overdoses in the state since Nov. 1, and the governor has declared a public health emergency.
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.
HELENA, Montana - Some states, including Montana, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Montana:
PORTLAND, Oregon - Some states, including Oregon, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Oregon:
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Some states, including Tennessee, are reporting a rise in heroin use as prescription drug addicts shift from more costly and increasingly harder-to-come-by pain pills to this cheaper alternative. Here's a look at what's happening in Tennessee:
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A $10 million fundraising campaign is under way to build West Virginia's first residential treatment facility for addiction.
CHICAGO - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
WILLISTON, North Dakota - A Williston attorney is pushing for an inpatient drug treatment program in the western North Dakota oil patch hub.
ALBANY, New York - An insurer covering more than 500,000 people in upstate New York has agreed to reform its handling of behavioral health claims, cover residential treatment and charge its lower primary care co-payment for outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, New York's attorney general said Thursday.