Drug abuse

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy, in Montpelier, Vt. Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday, May 16, 2019, seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The new filings in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin mean 45 states have now taken legal action in recent years against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Some of the states are also suing Richard Sackler, a former president and member of the family that owns the Connecticut-based firm. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
May 16, 2019 - 3:39 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse. It’s an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 03, 2019 - 4:23 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, family physician Leslie Hayes listens for a fetal heartbeat while attending to a 40-year-old mother, not seen, who is being treated for an addiction to heroin with the anti-craving medication Subutext, at the El Centro Family Health medical clinic in Espanola, N.M. "The Providers," set to air on the PBS Independent Lens series this week, looks at the challenges three health care workers in rural New Mexico face as they give services to aging patients and those struggling with addiction. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
April 08, 2019 - 12:16 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico is known for tourist attractions such as artsy Santa Fe, eclectic Taos and the healing dirt of El Santuario de Chimayó. The region's relaxing spas and skiing options present middle-class and wealthy visitors the opportunity to bask in the allurement of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Conn. New York is suing the billionaire family behind Oxycontin, alleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
March 28, 2019 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York on Thursday sued the billionaire family behind OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation's opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, is Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter smiles during an interview in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmakers to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The state's highest court handed down the decision Monday, a week after attorneys for drugmakers and the state made oral presentations on the request to delay the trial's scheduled May 28 start. Hunter sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths. Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma's is expected to be the first to go to trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 26, 2019 - 2:25 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's lawsuit against manufacturers of opioid pain medications (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company are touting their settlement with Oklahoma as a way to make a difference in the fight against addiction. In...
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First lady Melania Trump, right, participates in a discussion with Microsoft president Brad Smith at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Monday, March 4, 2019, during a two-day, three-state swing to promote her Be Best campaign. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
March 04, 2019 - 5:25 pm
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's three-state tour to promote "Be Best" (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A Microsoft Corp. employee showed Melania Trump how he uses technology to limit his teenagers' screen time and control the websites they can access and who can see what they're...
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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. When California voters broadly legalized marijuana in 2016, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse and "prevent harm" from marijuana use. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs and looming questions about how they might operate in the future. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs...
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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. The attorney general's office in Massachusetts is suing Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, along with some company executives and members of the family that owns it in an effort to hold them accountable for the toll of the drug crisis in the state. On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the company lost a legal battle to keep some parts of the lawsuit confidential. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
February 01, 2019 - 2:34 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer despite evidence that the drug was helping to fuel the nation's deadly opioid crisis, Massachusetts authorities allege in newly public court documents. While...
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January 31, 2019 - 6:36 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Newly public court documents allege that the company behind OxyContin considered selling anti-addiction drugs even as its powerful prescription painkillers were being blamed for helping spark a national opioid crisis. On Thursday, the state attorney general's office in Massachusetts...
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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 - 4:41 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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