- Governor, health officials sued over Ebola quarantines Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 were essentially imprisoned illegally under a state policy based on politics, not science, according to a lawsuit they filed on Monday.
- State says painkiller prescriptions continue to fall in Ohio Updated: Feb-08-16 1:48 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Painkiller prescribing continues to fall in Ohio as health and law enforcement authorities battle a deadly addictions epidemic, according to data released by the state Monday.
- Confronting the 'heroin tsunami' in Kootenai County, Idaho Updated: Feb-07-16 2:17 pm
POST FALLS, Idaho - Crushing news came shortly after Cindy Schaffner heard sirens just a few blocks from her Post Falls home.
- Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas Updated: Feb-07-16 11:51 am
CINCINNATI - Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier.
- CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms Updated: Feb-05-16 2:54 pm
NEW YORK - U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.
- Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases Updated: Feb-05-16 5:38 am
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it.
- New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction Updated: Feb-04-16 8:11 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.
- Cruz: border security needed to stop addiction 'epidemic' Updated: Feb-04-16 4:08 pm
HOOKSETT, New Hampshire - Republican Ted Cruz shared the deeply personal story of his sister's overdose death as he campaigned across New Hampshire on Thursday, describing "an epidemic" of addiction that has destroyed lives in his family and across the nation.
- US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs Updated: Feb-03-16 5:28 pm
NEW YORK - A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.
- French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures Updated: Feb-03-16 8:50 am
PARIS - Two French regions in the Caribbean face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which was just declared a global public health emergency, and France's government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra medical staff to combat it, the health minister said Wednesday.
- Senators support spending increase to fight heroin epidemic Updated: Feb-03-16 5:00 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Some members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are throwing their support behind a push by the Obama administration to boost spending to address the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic.
- Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas Updated: Feb-03-16 2:33 am
DALLAS - Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America.
- White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic Updated: Feb-02-16 12:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will propose a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation's heroin addiction epidemic when the president unveils his budget recommendations next week.
- VCU researchers size up toll, costs of opioid epidemic Updated: Jan-29-16 3:15 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University researchers say the state recorded nearly 1,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2014, most involving prescription painkillers or heroin.
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: Jan-27-16 6:00 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
- LePage: Comprehensive bill to fight heroin epidemic in works Updated: Jan-26-16 9:45 pm
BANGOR, Maine - A passionate Maine Gov. Paul LePage decried the out-of-state drug dealers who are providing heroin that's poisoning state residents, and vowed Tuesday evening to do more to eradicate the problem.
- Hogan introduces bills to fight heroin epidemic Updated: Jan-26-16 2:06 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan wants to increase drug-trafficking penalties and strengthen Maryland's prescription drug monitoring program to help fight the state's heroin epidemic.
- Former NY doctor sentenced for bogus pain prescriptions Updated: Jan-25-16 1:18 pm
BUFFALO, New York - A former physician has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally writing prescriptions for painkillers that prosecutors say contributed to western New York's opioid epidemic.
- Life sciences industry weighs how to address opioid crisis Updated: Jan-24-16 12:31 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts life sciences executives are considering what their industry should be doing to address the nation's opioid abuse epidemic.
- Hundreds gather to address Ohio drug addiction epidemic Updated: Jan-21-16 4:04 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hundreds of police officers, community officials, medical personnel and others have gathered in Columbus for a summit aimed at fighting Ohio's drug addiction epidemic.
- Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic believed over Updated: Jan-21-16 1:22 pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the first victim testing positive for the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people, authorities said Thursday.
- Maine gov signs bill aimed at addressing heroin epidemic Updated: Jan-19-16 2:42 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature has completed Job No. 1 - adopting an amended proposal sought by the governor to hire more drug agents to combat the state's heroin epidemic.
- Portman to meet with recovering addicts in hard-hit city Updated: Jan-18-16 7:01 am
MARION, Ohio - One of Ohio's U.S. senators will be talking about the drug addiction epidemic in one of the state's hardest hit cities.
- Flu epidemic could lead to rationing of ventilators Updated: Jan-17-16 5:10 pm
BALTIMORE - Maryland's attorney general has issued an opinion that found that the governor has the authority to ration life-saving ventilators if a flu epidemic ever hit Maryland.