Addiction and substance abuse

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition." That's according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses the company and its executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
January 16, 2019 - 8:55 am
BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The...
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FILE - In this April 22, 2018, file photo, Nashville Predators' Austin Watson (51) slips past Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Denver. Watson says the arrest last year that led to his 18-game suspension came when he started drinking again after 23 months of sobriety. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
January 11, 2019 - 4:43 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson says the arrest last year that led to his 18-game suspension came when he started drinking again after 23 months of sobriety. Watson, who turns 27 on Sunday, said Friday in an Instagram post that he's been dealing with anxiety,...
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This photo combination shows three former associates of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who are now cooperating with the United States Attorney's Office in Guzman's prosecution. From left are Tirso Matinez Sanchez, Pedro Flores and Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa. (U.S. Attorney's Office, Matinez Sanchez; U.S. Marshals Service, Flores; Ariana Cubillos, Cifuentes Villa)
December 22, 2018 - 7:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A gambling addict who changed his appearance with plastic surgery, a trafficker who says he got his start in crime at age 4, and a Chicago drug-runner have been the latest witnesses at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. The three cooperators have offered...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is congratulated after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots receiver Josh Gordon says he is stepping away from football in order to focus on his mental health. In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, Gordon said his decision was spurred by him feeling recently that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
December 20, 2018 - 5:41 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again. League...
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Maggie Hill, 67, watches Charity play in Madison, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Hill adopted the 10-year-old girl about five years ago. Hill's son had been raising her but lost custody during his ongoing struggle with drug addiction, Hill said. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)
December 18, 2018 - 3:08 am
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr...
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A panel of federal judges will decide whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger federal case. Lawyers representing the babies and their guardians say babies have been harmed directly by the opioid industry, unlike local governments, hospitals and other entities. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
November 28, 2018 - 10:54 pm
The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from...
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President Donald Trump holds a pen up after signing bipartisan legislation to confront the opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 24, 2018 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history. Nearly 48,000 people died last...
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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 - 4:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A small Pennsylvania county will pay nearly $5 million to the family of a teenager who collapsed and died after four days of heroin withdrawal in jail. The family's lawyer said jail staff ignored her dire medical needs for days and then lied about it. Victoria "Tori" Herr, 18,...
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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 - 5:39 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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