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After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break.

“For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.”

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The U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan package to address the nation’s opioid crisis with more resources for addiction treatment and recovery and an emphasis on stopping the flow of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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  Federal officials have announced $643,300 for six projects aimed at opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

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Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction.

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Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing medical marijuana to be used as a painkiller instead of highly addictive opioids.

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The number of Tennessee residents who died of drug overdoses has risen more than 8 percent, setting another record in 2017.

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Health officials in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia say the number of overdose deaths related to the opioid crisis continued to rise in 2017 as state data began to reflect the fatalities related to the powerful drug fentanyl.

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  Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use.

People addicted to prescription opioids or heroin are far more likely to have run-ins with the law than those who don't use opioids, according to a study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

The study provides the first nationwide estimate for the number of people using opioids who end up in the American criminal justice system. The results suggest a need to engage law enforcement officials and corrections systems to tackle the opioid epidemic.

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