Opioids

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, palliative care nurse Madeleine Mukantagara, 56, left, prays with Vestine Uwizeyimana, 22, right, who has spinal degenerative disease and is taking oral liquid morphine for her pain, as she visits to check on her health at her home in the village of Bushekeli, near Kibogora, in western Rwanda. While people in rich countries are dying from overuse of prescription painkillers, people in Rwanda and other poor countries are suffering from a lack of them, but Rwanda has come up with a solution to its pain crisis - it's morphine, which costs just pennies to produce and is delivered to households across the country by public health workers. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
December 25, 2019 - 11:18 pm
BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag...
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In this 2019 image provided by the American Bankruptcy Institute, Judge Robert Drain speaks on a panel in Washington. Drain, overseeing the bankruptcy of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, is known for his deep experience handling big, complicated corporate cases. He will decide whether to approve a potentially $12 billion plan to settle more than 2,700 lawsuits over Purdue Pharma's role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis. (Dave Scavone of Scavone Photography/ABI via AP)
December 24, 2019 - 10:23 am
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma warns that real-life court cases don't unfold like “Perry Mason.” But he’s afraid this one might come to resemble “Dr. Strangelove.” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of White Plains, New York, has a...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, a pack of Targin opioid pills made by Mundipharma is photographed in Sydney, Australia. Australia’s drug regulator has fined a pharmaceutical company owned by the billionaire Sackler family over what it dubbed misleading advertising for one of its opioid painkillers, as the country grapples with surging rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths. Mundipharma Australia, the international affiliate of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, was ordered to pay penalties of 302,400 Australian dollars ($209,000) by the Therapeutic Goods Administration over its promotion of the opioid Targin, the drug regulator said in a statement. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 23, 2019 - 8:14 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s drug regulator has fined a pharmaceutical company owned by the billionaire Sackler family over what it dubbed misleading advertising for one of its opioid painkillers, as the country grapples with surging rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths. Mundipharma...
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In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 photo, pedestrians pass at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y. The hospital adopted the Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System earlier this year, which tracks drug overdoses in New York. The system is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 23, 2019 - 2:44 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York's Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that...
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the south Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to London. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 20, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The drive by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump was the top news story of 2019, according to The Associated Press' annual poll. Trump also figured in the second and third biggest stories of the year: the fallout over his immigration...
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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 19, 2019 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a $1.4 trillion government spending package Thursday in a last bipartisan burst of legislating before bolting for the holidays from a Capitol riven by impeachment. Lawmakers cleared the two-bill package in a set of votes, sending it to President Donald Trump in...
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FILE - This Thursday, May 3, 2018 file photo shows bottles of gabapentin at a pharmacy in San Francisco. On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2019, U.S. health regulators are warning that popular nervous system medications known generically as gabapentin and pregabalin can cause dangerous breathing problems when combined with opioids and certain other drugs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
December 19, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are warning that popular nervous system medications can cause dangerous breathing problems when combined with opioids and certain other drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it would add new warnings to packaging for Neurontin, Lyrica and...
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CORRECTS TO CAPITAL, NOT CAPITOL- In this Nov. 14, 2019 photo, Jamie Cline poses for a photo behind a glass window in a door at the Olympia Bupe Clinic at the Capital Recovery Center in Olympia, Wash., which helps people addicted to heroin and other opiates get prescriptions for buprenorphine, a medicine that prevents withdrawal sickness in people trying to stop using opiates. At the clinic, a doctor is working to spread a philosophy called "medication first," which scraps requirements for counseling, abstinence or even a commitment to recovery in the battle against opioid addiction. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 18, 2019 - 2:36 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Every time she got out of jail, Jamie Cline started hustling again for heroin, driven by an addiction she didn’t understand. “You want to get clean so bad. You know something’s killing you and you can’t stop,” said the 33-year-old who used heroin for 10 years. This spring was...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence at a trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. Accidental overdoses contribute to 90 percent of all U.S. opioid-related deaths. Rising use of illicitly manufactured and highly potent synthetic opioids including fentanyl has likely contributed to the unintentional death rate, which surged nine-fold between 2000 and 2017, the study found. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)
December 17, 2019 - 1:05 pm
Accidental overdoses cause 90% of all U.S. opioid-related deaths while suicides account for far fewer of these fatalities than previously thought, a new analysis published Tuesday suggests. Rising use of heroin and illicit, highly potent synthetic opioids including fentanyl has likely contributed...
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December 16, 2019 - 8:51 pm
The wealthy owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma started taking far more money out of the company after it was fined for misleading marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller. A court filing made by the company Monday evening shows Purdue made payments for the benefit of members of the...
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