- Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output Updated: May-05-15 2:06 am
ZHARI, Afghanistan - It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
- Companies ask Boone judge to keep suit's pill records sealed Updated: May-03-15 3:08 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Eleven pharmaceutical drug distributors have asked a judge to deny the state's request to unseal a court filing containing information about their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies.
- Randolph meeting draws about 100 concerned citizens, addicts Updated: May-03-15 12:46 pm
RANDOLPH, Vermont - About 100 people - many of them addicts - attended a police meeting on fentanyl-laced heroin in Randoph, Vermont, where a man died of an overdose in a convenience store bathroom 10 days ago.
- 2 W.Va. churches organize garden to help drug addicts Updated: May-03-15 9:51 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems.
- NY lawmakers to examine state's heroin problem Updated: Apr-30-15 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state lawmakers are taking a look at what can be done to address the state's heroin and opioid addiction crisis.
- Officials: More than 1,000 overdose deaths in 2014 Updated: Apr-28-15 3:32 pm
BOSTON - State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year - an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse.
- Woman who lost grandson to heroin takes on drug addiction Updated: Apr-27-15 4:14 am
ST. JOSEPH, Michigan - Carol Stockman's grandson seemed to be steadily on the road to recovery from heroin addiction.
- Scott offers proposal to rehabilitate drug offenders Updated: Apr-24-15 4:59 pm
LAGRANGE, Kentucky - Republican gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott said Friday that non-violent drug addicts should be put on an alternate path in Kentucky's corrections system as a way to bolster public safety, cut prison costs and reduce reoffenders in a state struggling with drug problems.
- 17 prosecutors say law helping deter drug-dependent births Updated: Apr-18-15 11:47 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A majority of Tennessee prosecutors asked about a new law that has drawn criticism for allowing assault charges against mothers of drug-addicted newborns say it is having a positive effect.
- Kentucky officials hope drugs can help drug addicts Updated: Apr-18-15 10:56 am
SOMERSET, Kentucky - At her lowest point, Deanna Hays' stole Disney movies from her 3-year-old nephew to sell for drug money.
- Amid meth's grim toll on Kansans, a case of hope Updated: Apr-17-15 3:53 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The woman has been off methamphetamine for four months now. She is literally pregnant with motivation.
- Kentucky officials ask federal court to dismiss lawsuit Updated: Apr-17-15 1:20 pm
PIKEVILLE, Kentucky - The Kentucky state court system says a federal lawsuit over access to medication for drug addicts should be dismissed.
- Man sentenced to forgery scheme involving meth addicts Updated: Apr-10-15 9:17 am
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri - A St. Joseph man was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison for running a scheme that involved persuading methamphetamine addicts to cash forged checks.
- Nation's drug czar touts needle-exchange programs Updated: Apr-09-15 7:40 pm
COVINGTON, Kentucky - Venturing into the epicenter of Kentucky's fight against heroin addiction, national drug czar Michael Botticelli on Thursday touted needle-exchange programs as effective grassroots initiatives to combat the spread of infectious disease and to steer heroin users into treatment.
- Man convicted of having addicts shoplift gets 14-month term Updated: Apr-09-15 5:10 pm
PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 14 months in prison - far less than the four years federal prosecutors originally sought after he was convicted of enlisting crack addicts to shoplift tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items he then resold at an Ohio flea market.
- Australia creates new task force to fight ice scourge Updated: Apr-07-15 7:58 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian government on Wednesday announced a task force to create a new national response to the rapidly growing problem of addiction to ice, also known as crystal meth, across the country.