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Study Debunks Theory That Legalized Marijuana Helps Prevent Opioid Deaths

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. The previous work linked medical marijuana …

Virginia Prosecutors Charge Anti-Opioid Addiction Drug Maker with Fraud

Federal prosecutors say the company that makes a drug meant to curb opioid addiction has been lying for years about the relative safety of its product. Prosecutors in Virginia filed fraud charges Tuesday against British-based Indivior, which makes Suboxone film …

Family of Woman with Opioid Addiction Sues a Mass. Police Department for Records

The family of a 30-year-old Vermont woman whose obituary gained national attention for its discussion about her opioid addiction are suing a Massachusetts police department for information about the days leading up to her death. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday …

New Hampshire Officials: June Had Highest Number of Overdose Cases in 2017

New Hampshire authorities say they’ve responded to more overdoses in June than any other month in 2017 so far, with a total of 117 suspected overdoses reported. American Medical Response says 92 of the 117 June overdoses were in Manchester, …

U.S. Sen. Schumer Pushes for Heroin Combat Teams in New York

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal help in the fight against opioid addiction in New York. Schumer is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide the state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams being formed to …

West Virginia to Spend Opioid Lawsuit Funds on Addiction Treatment Facilities

With more than 30,000 West Virginians already in drug treatment, lawmakers struggling with the state’s addiction crisis have voted to spend $24 million from recent court settlements with opioid distributors to increase inpatient beds. The bill passed by the House …

West Virginia House Passes Bill to Aid Opioid Addiction Treatment Facilities

The number of beds available at state-run substance abuse treatment facilities would increase in drug-ravaged West Virginia under a bill passed Wednesday by the House. The bill passed on a 99-0 vote. It now moves to the state Senate. West …

Delaware Officials Eye Substance Abuse Insurance Coverage

State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware’s insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need. Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help …

Doctor Charged in Rhode Island with Pushing Painkiller, Receiving Kickbacks

A doctor has been indicted on charges accusing him of getting kickbacks on prescriptions of a highly addictive painkiller written for patients who didn’t need the drug. Jerrold Rosenberg, a pain specialist and clinical assistant professor at Brown University, pleaded …

In His Final Year, New Jersey Governor Christie Aims to Tackle Drug Crisis

Republican Governor Chris Christie said that he will focus in his final year in office on New Jersey’s drug epidemic, promising to limit the supply of opioid drugs doctors can initially prescribe and seeking legislation to require insurers to pay …