Hearing Officer Jim Teal presides over a session of Early Intervention Family Drug Court in Sacramento, Calif., in March. The county program helps keep families together — and saves taxpayers $7 million annually, Sacramento County officials say. Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents' Addictions

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Methadone and similar drugs are legal synthetic opioids that are used to help block the cravings and withdrawal symptoms of people trying to wean themselves off prescription painkillers or heroin. Michell Eloy/WABE hide caption

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Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

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A Crisis With Scant Data: States Move To Count Drug-Dependent Babies

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Doctors are trying to slowly wean Lexi from her dependence on methadone. She's just 2 weeks old. Under a doctor's advice, her mom took methadone while pregnant, to help kick a heroin habit. Kristin Espeland Gourlay/RIPR hide caption

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Tiny Opioid Patients Need Help Easing Into Life

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Saw-scaled vipers may be small, but they pack a nasty venomous punch. This one, Echis carinatus sochureki, was used in a study on snake venom. Courtesy of Wolfgang Wüster hide caption

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Daily medications for young children with HIV include both tablets and liquid drugs in syringes. Andrew Aitchison/In Pictures/Corbis hide caption

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Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

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