Trump declares US opioid emergency but pledges no new money
National / U.S. News

Trump declares US opioid emergency but pledges no new money

WASHINGTON (AP) — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Trump’s declaration, which will be effective for 90 days … Continue reading

Critics say Trump birth control rule ignores science
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Critics say Trump birth control rule ignores science

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety. “This rule is listing things that are not scientifically validated, and in some cases things that are wrong, … Continue reading

Drugs score big wins against lung, prostate, breast cancers
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Drugs score big wins against lung, prostate, breast cancers

CHICAGO (AP) — Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There’s even a “uni-drug” that may fight many forms of the disease. What’s striking: The drugs are beneficial in some cases for more than a year, much longer than the few … Continue reading

Marshals nab last of ‘cocaine cowboys,’ on lam for 26 years
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean / Lifestyle

Marshals nab last of ‘cocaine cowboys,’ on lam for 26 years

MIAMI (AP) — A quarter-century after he vanished on the eve of a major drug indictment, the last of Miami’s fabled “cocaine cowboys” was in custody Thursday, April 13, nabbed on a suburban bike ride with his wife near Disney World. Prosecutors say the man living under an assumed name is Gustavo “Taby” Falcon, who … Continue reading

McAuliffe announces website to help combat prescription drug and heroin addiction in Virginia
Health / Technology / Virginia

McAuliffe announces website to help combat prescription drug and heroin addiction in Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1, the launch of http://www.VaAware.com, a new website developed as an informational tool for Virginia’s fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse in Virginia. As a recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia, VaAware.com features specific pages for parents, health-care … Continue reading

Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses
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Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Minnesota medical examiner said Thursday, June 2, 2016 that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller. Authorities have not said whether he had a prescription for the drug and, if not, how he obtained it. Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland … Continue reading

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use
Health / International News

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.” Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless. The first U.N. General Assembly special … Continue reading

Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire
Latin America & the Caribbean / Uncategorized

Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s government and the country’s largest rebel group marked another milestone in their rapidly advancing peace talks Tuesday, jointly requesting that the United Nations establish an international observer mission to monitor a disarmament process that could end in a matter of weeks Latin America’s longest-running guerrilla conflict. Negotiators for the two sides … Continue reading

Local / Virginia

Man accused of dealing large quantities of heroin, cocaine

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal agents say the former operator of a Norfolk convenience store dealt large quantities of heroin and cocaine since 2010. The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1lazMcZ ) reports that 50-year-old Kenneth L. Parker ofChesapeake was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and ordered to be held without bond on Thursday. According … Continue reading