- Prescription drug database up again in Missouri House Updated: Feb-08-16 3:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - As opioid overdoses increasingly draw attention in Congress and statehouses across the U.S., Missouri lawmakers are again considering a proposal for a prescription monitoring program that would bring the state in line with all others.
- 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.
- Doctor gets 30 to life after painkiller overdose deaths Updated: Feb-05-16 7:33 pm
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Arizona House panel OKs bill to regulate sober living homes Updated: Jan-25-16 8:12 pm
PHOENIX - A House committee passed a bill Monday to regulate sober living homes after hearing testimony from Prescott residents about problems the homes are creating in their communities.
- Sen. Markey blocking FDA nominee on opioid approval concerns Updated: Jan-25-16 7:40 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is blocking Senate confirmation of a new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration to call attention to the agency's approval process for opioid painkillers.
- 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.
- Ohio sets new guidelines for short-term pain prescribing Updated: Jan-19-16 3:14 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - People with short-term pain from injuries or surgery should be given alternatives to prescription painkillers whenever possible and be provided only the minimum amounts if absolutely needed, according to guidelines announced Tuesday by Gov. John Kasich's office.
- 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.
- Northern Ky. doctor says more doctors must address heroin Updated: Jan-17-16 5:05 pm
FORT WRIGHT, Kentucky - Mina "Mike" Kalfas wanted nothing more than to practice family medicine in Northern Kentucky where he grew up. But then he got called in to help fill a vacancy at the drug and alcohol treatment center next door.
- Sen. McCaskill announces hearing on opioid epidemic Updated: Jan-16-16 5:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning a hearing next week on the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.
- FDA panel favors approval for drug-oozing addiction implant Updated: Jan-12-16 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers recommended approval Tuesday for an experimental implant designed to treat patients recovering from heroin and painkiller addiction.
- Father of man who died of overdose to attend SOTU address Updated: Jan-12-16 9:00 am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - The father of a University of Virginia graduate who died of an opioid overdose will attend President Obama's final State of the Union address.