WVa Opioid Trial Verdict Still Pending Nearly a Year Later | West Virginia News

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the US opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would make a ruling on … Read more

WVa opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the US opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would make a ruling on the multibillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Cabell … Read more

Buffalo community members concerned over addiction clinic

BUFFALO, NY — The latest opioid statistics for Erie County show a continued trend in the wrong direction. The county saw its highest number of opioid-related deaths in 2016 at 301. It trended downward from there, down to 156 in 2019. But then, the pandemic hit. That’s when we saw a spike of 246 deaths … Read more

Kentucky Shatters Its Fatal Overdose Record; Fentanyl Blamed | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians … Read more

Montgomery County woman helps others overcome addiction

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio — In 2016, Montgomery County in southwest Ohio made national headlines as the overdose capital of the United States. With 317 deaths the year before, the county coroner proclaimed drug overdoses “a mass casualty event.” What You Need To Know Pain medication presciptions, Fentanyl and lack of mental health services to blame. … Read more

Kentucky shatters its fatal overdose record; fentanyl blamed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in … Read more

Group Formed to Oversee Distribution of Opioid Settlement | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step Monday to turn a massive settlement into action to combat opioid addiction, as Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced members of a group overseeing the state’s share. The Bluegrass State will receive $483 million from settlements finalized this year with drugmaker Johnson & … Read more

UCLA psychologist looks for new ways to treat alcohol addiction

Lara Ray, professor of psychology at UCLA, has been studying alcohol use disorders since long before the COVID-19. In 2008, she established the UCLA Addictions Lab to research medications and other treatments for those who want to quit or reduce their drinking. But a spike in alcohol consumption during the pandemic has brought substance abuse … Read more