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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Overdoses don't happen just to heroin addicts _ patients who legally use strong painkillers called opioids are at risk in the nation’s epidemic, too. A new study says when patients were prescribed an overdose antidote along with those medications, they made fewer painkiller-related visits to the emergency room. The study released on June 27, 2016, went a step further _ to see if the take-home antidote idea also could work for patients with chronic pain who may not realize they could accidentally get into trouble with prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and others. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
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Minnesota conference will address US opioid epidemic

Law enforcement, health professionals and addiction specialists from around the country will convene in Minnesota next week to talk about ways to address the growing number of deaths from heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.

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Dozens treated as heroin overdose spikes hit several states

Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths.

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White House announces $17 million to curb opioid use

The Obama administration has announced that it will spend $17 million to help law enforcement agencies deal with the increase in heroin and opioid abuse.

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Recognizing the signs you are addicted to prescription drugs

New Jersey 101.5 will present a special opiate town hall, live, this Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

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FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control addiction

Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time.

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Dozens of Prescription Pill Bottles Roel Smart, ThinkStock
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Do NJ high school athletes take too many painkillers? New rules urged

The NJSIAA recommends that if opioids are prescribed, that they are done so only in cases of extreme pain from acute injuries.

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Christie says New York joins New Jersey drug monitor program

Gov. Chris Christie says New York has agreed to join New Jersey's prescription monitoring program to share records on the sale of dangerous drugs.

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NJ heroin crisis: Why is giving up heroin so hard for most people?

A drug so powerful it can change your brain — forever.

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Fulton County, Ga. Chairman John Eaves upon his arrival on Air Force One to Atlanta, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, where he will speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama upon his arrival to Atlanta, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, where he will speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama highlights nation’s growing opioid problem

The Obama administration issued a proposed rule Tuesday that aims to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of people addicted to opioids, and the White House called for lawmakers to dedicate more resources to fighting the growing problem.

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Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement

In a testy election year likely to see scant collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, there's a glint of hope in Congress for a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction -- a deadly, growing problem that afflicts states both red and blue.

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