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NOME, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska mushers arrived Monday morning at the second-to-last checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: a four-time champion and a competitor seeking to become only the third woman to win the race.
A sharp rise in US deaths from heroin and prescription abuse has created an "urgent public health crisis," Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday, promising tougher enforcement and improved drug treatment. "The cycle of heroin abuse commonly begins with prescription opiate abuse," Holder said, calling rise in use of the illegal opiate "a sad but not unpredictable symptom of the significant increase in prescription drug abuse we've seen over the past decade." Holder urged firefighters and ambulance workers to carry the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, which can restore breathing to the victim of a heroine or opioid overdose. The Justice Department said 17 US states, as well as the city of Washington, DC, have amended their laws to increase access to the drug, reversing more than 10,000 overdoses since 2001.