Epidemics

In this April, 11, 2018, photo, Dr. Deborah Richter, a family medicine and addiction treatment doctor, talks with a reporter at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. Deep within President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It’s a rare instance in which Trump is building on Obama administration policies, and where fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together. Richter, says medications have helped her patients, especially when combined with counseling. “People got back to what they were before the addiction seized them,” she said. As a doctor, “it was on a personal level so rewarding to save other mothers’ children.” (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
April 16, 2018 - 6:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It's a rare instance in which Trump isn't trying roll back Obama administration...
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April 12, 2018 - 2:36 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes. "We could've...
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April 11, 2018 - 6:57 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the country's largest American Indian tribes is the latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused the opioid crisis. The Navajo Nation's lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico seeks unspecified...
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April 02, 2018 - 2:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., head of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities (JCCIC) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, as preparations continue for the inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump. A $4.6 billion federal spending plan signed Friday, March 23, 2018, by Trump to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis “provides the funding necessary to tackle this crisis from every angle,” said the Missouri Republican who is chairman of a subcommittee overseeing much of the funding. “It’s another major step in our effort to get this epidemic under control and save lives.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 25, 2018 - 3:24 pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation's deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans in 2016. But some advocates say the funding included in the spending plan the president signed Friday is not nearly enough to...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in March 2018 shows Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Redfield was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency. (Tracey Brown/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 5:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency. Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic, has been...
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President Donald Trump speaks at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, March 19, 2018. Trump is in New Hampshire to unveil more of his plan to combat the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 20, 2018 - 1:12 am
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in...
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President Donald Trump, center, receives a helmet from Manchester City Fire Chief Daniel Goonan, right, as first lady Melania Trump, left, watches during a visit to the Manchester Central Fire Station in Manchester, N.H., Monday, March 19, 2018. Trump is in New Hampshire to unveil more of his plan to combat the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 20, 2018 - 12:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has laid out a new plan for tackling the deadly opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities across the nation. But some of the president's proposals have proven ineffective in the past. From renewing his call for "spending a lot of money" on commercials to...
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In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman talks to The Associated Press in his office in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Yekateringburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman openly criticizes President Vladimir Putin and has called for a boycott of Sunday’s presidential vote, a move advocated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is banned from running. (AP Photo/Nataliya Vasilyeva)
March 16, 2018 - 7:20 am
MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, where all governors and mayors are either Kremlin nominees or hail from Kremlin-friendly parties, Yevgeny Roizman cuts an odd figure. The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city with 1.4 million people, is the only top regional official to openly criticize...
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March 14, 2018 - 8:21 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overdose deaths in Native American communities have skyrocketed in the time the opioid epidemic has swept the U.S. and federal officials are looking for solutions. Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw a fivefold increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015, Dr...
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