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Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline In an opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people nationwide, finding and paying for addiction treatment remains a challenge for low-income Americans, particularly in the South and parts of the West. The Affordable Care Act required Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor, to start paying for […]

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug addiction epidemic creates crisis in foster care

Drug addiction epidemic creates crisis in foster care

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
The opioid epidemic: Six essential reads

The opioid epidemic: Six essential reads

Jessie Schanzle, The Conversation Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to opioids. More people died from drug overdose in 2014 than in any other year, and six in 10 of those deaths involved an opioid, such as a painkiller or heroin. Hillary Clinton has proposed a US$10 billion plan to […]

October 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

By Emma Yasinski Kaiser Health News As millions of Americans battle alcohol abuse problems each year, public health officials suggest that two often overlooked medications might offer relief to some. More than 18 million people abuse or are dependent on alcohol, yet a key study funded by the federal government reported last year that only […]

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Deadly opioid overwhelms first responders and crime labs in Ohio

Deadly opioid overwhelms first responders and crime labs in Ohio

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce. “We were literally going from one heroin overdose, […]

September 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Not enough treatment resources in the heart of the opioid crisis

Not enough treatment resources in the heart of the opioid crisis

  By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This city, where the rate of drug overdose deaths is nearly 10 times the national average, has done more than most to fight the heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic. Local police have been diverting drug users to specialized drug courts for treatment. The city opened a syringe […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug-free zones falling out of favor in some states

Drug-free zones falling out of favor in some states

Why States are Taking a Fresh Look at Drug-Free Zones By Teresa Wiltz Stateline In the late 1980s, every state and the District of Columbia had laws that imposed harsh penalties on drug offenses committed near schools. The idea behind the “drug-free school zones” was to deter dealers at the height of a national crack […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: Graduate from high school. He’d started drinking at 14, and quickly moved on to pills and pot. By the time he turned 16, Matos could see where his life was heading — some of his buddies already […]

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline BOSTON — As the opioid epidemic advances, public health officials nationwide are calling on doctors to help stanch overdose deaths and salvage shattered lives by prescribing medications that have proven highly effective at keeping people away from drugs. So far, though, not enough doctors are signing up, and less than half of the […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More