Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

New York 11/30/18, 09:14

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic. Bloomberg Philanthropies says over the next three years it'll help up to 10 states address the causes of opioid addiction and strengthen prevention and treatment programs. Its initiative involves a partnership ...

Acting US attorney general talks opioids on Tennessee visit

Politics 11/29/18, 17:16

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has swung through Tennessee to laud the approach being taken against the opioid epidemic by the Trump administration.Whitaker read from prepared remarks alongside Tennessee's U.S. attorneys Thursday in Nashville. He steered clear of discussing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 ...

First Lady calls opioids ‘worst drug crisis’ in US history

Health 11/28/18, 11:09

First lady Melania Trump is calling the opioid epidemic the "worst drug crisis in American history" and says she is struck by how it has touched the lives of so many people. Mrs. Trump is speaking Wednesday about the crisis at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She says the stigma of ...

Denver trying again for possible 1st US drug injection site

U.S. 11/27/18, 15:37

Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to launch to reduce overdose deaths fueled by a nationwide opioid epidemic.The Denver City Council voted 12-1 on ...

First Lady to take part in ‘town hall’ on opioids

Politics 11/21/18, 12:29

Liberty University has announced that first lady Melania Trump will participate in a "town hall" discussion at Liberty University next week about the opioid epidemic. Also participating in the Nov. 28 event will be Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Dianna Hart, whose daughter ...

Former Nazi guard testifies he wasn’t involved in killings

Europe 11/15/18, 09:40

A former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder has testified he was aware that inmates were dying but says he didn't know they were being killed.Johann Rehbogen told the Muenster state court Thursday he knew the conditions of the Stutthof camp were ...

Officials gather to watch city win $1M in challenge

New York 10/31/18, 00:28

HUNTINGTON — Members of Huntington's Mayors Challenge team gathered with city firefighters and police officers Monday morning at City Hall to watch the live announcement that the city was selected as one of the winners of the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.Huntington Mayor Steve Williams was in Detroit, Michigan, to ...

City receives $1M for first responders through US Mayors Challenge

New York 10/30/18, 00:28

HUNTINGTON — The city of Huntington is a winner of the 2018 U.S. Mayor's Challenge, receiving $1 million to provide in-house mental health services to first responders on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.Huntington is one of nine winners named Monday by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of ...

Giant heroin spoon left outside Massachusetts Statehouse

U.S. 10/26/18, 05:38

A giant heroin spoon sculpture that was placed outside a drugmaker's Connecticut headquarters last summer to protest the opioid overdose crisis made a brief stop at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Friday.The nearly 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 4-foot-high (1-meter-high) steel sculpture of a burned heroin spoon was briefly placed in front of the ...

Trump signing bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Politics 10/24/18, 17:16

President Donald Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to confront the opioid crisis — the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. Trump on Wednesday said that "together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America," or at least do everything possible to limit it. President Donald Trump listens ...

US health chief says overdose deaths leveling off

Health 10/23/18, 12:38

U.S. health secretary Alex Azar says the number of drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic.Azar cautioned in a speech Tuesday it's too early to declare victory.However, he said that toward the end of last year and through the ...

Feds to help Maine tribe curb opioid epidemic

Health 10/22/18, 21:55

Four American Indian groups in Maine will receive more than $400,000 from the federal government to respond to the impact of the opioid epidemic in native communities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending the money for substance abuse and community health projects, primarily focusing on opioids. The ...

Arizona to focus on putting out e-cigarette use among youths

News 10/22/18, 02:07

With the Food and Drug Administration recently calling e-cigarettes an epidemic among teenagers, Arizona is stepping up efforts to keep youths from vaping. The Arizona Republic reports state health officials are launching an anti-vape campaign in December and pursuing e-cigarette businesses aimed at minors. The State Department of Health Services is concerned ...

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

World 10/17/18, 09:35

The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said "response activities need to be intensified and ...

Administration sends states $1B in grants to battle opioids

News 09/19/18, 22:23

The Trump administration is awarding more than $1 billion in grants to help states confront the opioid epidemic, with most of the money going to expand access to treatment and recovery services.Officials say more than $900 million comes from a grant program Congress approved this spring as part of a ...

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