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Stories with subject: Drug addiction
  • Correction: Heroin Deaths-Ohio story 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:34 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a story April 17 about heroin overdose deaths in Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously reported the percentage increase in heroin overdose deaths from 2011 to 2012. It was 60 percent, not 37 percent. The story also erroneously reported the title for Orman Hall. He is director of the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team, not the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

  • Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:55 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.

  • Official: Recovering drug addicts should speak up 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:20 pm
  • 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.

  • Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:13 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year.

  • NY Senate task force on opiate addiction to meet 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:07 am
  • ROCHESTER, New York - A legislative task force is continuing its review of ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.

  • Lawyers: Officer who stole pain pills is addicted 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 9:02 pm
  • CONCORD, California - The lawyers for a former police officer accused of stealing painkillers from senior citizens said Tuesday that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he committed the crimes to satisfy his addiction to painkillers.

  • At 21, recovering heroin addict starts over 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:02 am
  • AURORA, Illinois - Just out of Cook County Jail after being arrested with 15 bags of heroin, Cody Lewis had all of $11 in his pocket. But not for long.

  • 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.

  • A look at heroin use, deaths in some US states 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 2:34 pm
  • 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.

  • Heroin use rises in Oregon, mirrors national trend 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:26 am
  • 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:

  • A look at heroin abuse in Colorado 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:20 am
  • DENVER - Some states, including Colorado, 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 Colorado:

  • Heroin use on the rise in Md. 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:05 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland is among several states around the country that have seen an increase in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to a cheaper alternative. Here's a look at what's happening in the state:

  • Heroin deaths rise dramatically in Louisiana 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:05 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Some states, including Louisiana, 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 Louisiana:

  • Heroin use in Tennessee 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:05 am
  • 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:

  • States rebel against powerful new painkiller 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:53 pm
  • BARRE, Vermont - State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

  • Crimea side-effect: Addicts deprived of methadone 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 2:59 am
  • SEVASTOPOL, Crimea - Every morning, Sergei Kislov takes the bus to the rundown outskirts of this port city for the methadone doses that keep him off heroin without suffering withdrawal. Now that Russia has taken over Crimea, the trips are about to end.

  • Vermont restricting access to powerful painkillers 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:46 pm
  • BARRE, Vermont - The state is restricting access to a new class of narcotic painkillers that law enforcement and public health officials across the country fear could worsen drug abuse, officials announced Thursday.

  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:25 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids.

  • NYC doctor on trial in patients' overdose deaths 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:23 pm
  • NEW YORK - One patient died of an overdose after getting a prescription for scores of painkillers and anti-anxiety medications despite telling the doctor he was taking the drugs faster than intended, prosecutors said Wednesday as the physician's manslaughter trial opened. Another patient was prescribed dozens of pills three times in five weeks before he took too many and died, slumped over one of the bottles. A third patient overdosed five times but survived and kept getting scripts, prosecutors said.

  • Ohio to require reporting of drug-addicted babies 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:29 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries would have to report the number of infants born addicted to drugs under a bill headed to Ohio's governor.

  • VT senator says he supports fighting addiction 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 12:04 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says he looks forward to working with colleagues in the Senate to ensure that Vermont's community-driven responses to opioid and heroin addiction receive the support necessary to succeed.

  • Hospitals treating more addicted newborns 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 10:26 am
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The number of drug-addicted babies in Kentucky who are hospitalized has increased significantly in a little more than a decade.

  • Dayton judge launches drug court for women 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 2:37 pm
  • DAYTON, Ohio - A Dayton judge is starting a drug court targeting female defendants to address larger issues that are bringing more women into the justice system.