Jan 21, 2020 3:47 PM

Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

Posted Jan 21, 2020 3:47 PM
Photo courtesy: Matthew T Rader
Photo courtesy: Matthew T Rader

The nation's drug addiction crisis has been turning in a deadly new direction with more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine.

Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well.

The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late last year.

Lawmakers of both parties, as well as the Trump administration, backed the change.

Though opioid overdoses kill more people nationally, meth is the deadliest drug in many states west of the Mississippi.

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Jan 21, 2020 3:47 PM
Phoenix police: 3 children pronounced dead inside home

PHOENIX (AP)-Phoenix police say three children have been pronounced dead inside a home.

Authorities say a relative who lives at the residence called police Monday and responding officers found a 7-month-old girl, 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy.

Police say the children were found unresponsive and pronounced dead after officers administered CPR and fire officials provided first aid.

Authorities say they were interviewing the mom, dad and another relative. They also say there was no obvious trauma to the children, and that relatives indicated illness may have been a factor.

Police say it's too early to determine how the children died. An investigation is ongoing.