Addiction and substance abuse

This undated image provided by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals shows the dispenser and a tablet for the company's medication Dsuvia. On Friday, Nov. 2. 2018, U.S. regulators announced the approval of the fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. (Craig Sherod Photography/AcelRx Pharmaceuticals via AP)
November 02, 2018 - 3:24 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by Stephanie Moyer shows Moyer's daughter Victoria "Tori" Herr. A small Pennsylvania County will pay nearly $5 million to the family of the teenager who collapsed and died in 2015 after four days suffering from heroin withdrawal in jail. The family’s lawyer said jail staff ignored her dire medical needs for days and then lied about it. (Stephanie Moyer via AP, File)
October 24, 2018 - 10:41 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A small Pennsylvania County will pay nearly $5 million to the family of a teenager who collapsed and died after four days suffering from heroin withdrawal in jail. The family's lawyer said jail staff ignored her dire medical needs for days and then lied about it. With up to a...
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Honoree Joe Walsh performs at the Facing Addiction with NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) gala at the Rainbow Room on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
October 09, 2018 - 2:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from their friends, namely the Eagle's brother-in-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., speaks at the Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner in Lexington, Ky. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the country’s devastating opioid addiction. But the bill, which President Donald Trump said he will sign into law, has political implications. “We’ve been working on this a lot longer than this campaign season,” Barr said. “It’s an example of us getting results.” (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
October 04, 2018 - 4:19 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Setting aside the Supreme Court fight, members of Congress this week approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the devastating opioid addiction across the country. But the Support for Patients and Communities Act, which President Donald Trump said he would sign into law...
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File - In this June 13, 2018 file photo, London Breed speaks to reporters outside of City Hall in San Francisco. California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation late Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, that would have given San Francisco permission to test-open supervised drug injection sites. San Francisco's mayor, London Breed, has promised to open such a site. Breed, who was elected in June, lost a sibling to drug overdose and acknowledges that she has grappled with the idea. (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill, File)
October 02, 2018 - 2:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Driven in part by family tragedy, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has long pledged to open what could be the first supervised drug injection site in the country. However, California Gov. Jerry Brown made the promise tougher to keep when he vetoed legislation over the weekend...
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Law enforcement officers gather near the scene where the body of a woman was found near Interstate 35 north of Laredo, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women was arrested early Saturday after a fifth woman who had been abducted managed to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a "serial killer." (Danny Zaragoza/The Laredo Morning Times via AP)
September 17, 2018 - 5:14 pm
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Border Patrol accused of killing four women (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A Texas prosecutor says a Border Patrol agent targeted a vulnerable community when he killed four women. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz spoke Monday about the...
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This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 14, 2018 - 6:39 pm
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings in an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A group of parents, including Jim Piazza, whose children were killed during fraternity hazing incidents are joining forces with national fraternity leaders themselves in an effort to band the generations-old initiations involving binge drinking and beatings that sometimes turn deadly. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
September 10, 2018 - 7:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Piazza and Marquise Braham told their parents they just wanted to make some new friends by joining fraternities while away at college. Neither got much of a chance: They died before their 20th birthdays, after brutal fraternity hazing rituals. Now their parents are launching...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo, Christopher Kennedy Lawford appears at the LA Friendly House Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Patrick Kennedy says Lawford died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Vancouver. He was 63. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for LA friendly House/File)
September 05, 2018 - 6:31 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died. Lawford died of a heart attack Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada...
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FILE - This May 8, 2007 file photo shows the Purdue Pharma offices in Stamford, Conn. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, the company, whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking a nationwide overdose and addiction crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
September 05, 2018 - 3:01 pm
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it's making a $3.4 million grant to Harm...
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