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An 8-year-old’s tragic illness tests Mexico’s ban on marijuana use 29.8.2015 Washington Post: World
MONTERREY, Mexico — They can tell the next one’s coming when she begins rubbing her hands together, as if washing them. Her head slumps, and she looks left. She starts to flick her fingers and knead her skinny thigh.Read full article ...
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Breathing Boston air is like smoking 5 cigarettes a year 28.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Breathing Boston air is like smoking 5 cigarettes a year
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New Rules of the Road in Mexico City 28.8.2015 THE CITY FIX
This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety ...
Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use 27.8.2015 AP National
CHICAGO (AP) -- Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year....
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Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use 27.8.2015 Health
CHICAGO (AP) — Parents worried about campus temptations as they drop their children off at college may want to note the findings of a new government report. Some illicit drugs pose the greatest attraction around exam time.
How The Prescription Painkiller Fentanyl Became A Street Drug 27.8.2015 NPR News
The synthetic opioid fentanyl is used for surgery and to treat severe pain. Abuse has always been a problem. But now that it's being used to cut heroin, the risk of overdose or death have soared.
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Ilicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier 27.8.2015 NPR Health Science
U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.
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Chile Considers Cannabis Decriminalization, Highlighting Growing Movement in Latin America 26.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile's Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against. The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign. [1] Support for Legalization The future of legalization is most apparent in the opinion of Latin American young adults on the War on Drugs. In a 2012 poll of 18 to 34-year-olds in the region by Asuntos del Sur (Southern Affairs), 79 percent of Chileans "voiced strong approval" for legalization, 52 percent ...
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New Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites In New York 26.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new documentary is shedding light on the thousands of residents of New York state who inject heroin in public or semi-public places, with dire consequences for their health and their communities.  " Everywhere But Safe ," which will premiere this week in Manhattan, features interviews with heroin users in New York City, Albany and Schenectady, as well as in Columbia County, a more rural area upstate. Most of the people interviewed in the film have at various times injected drugs in places like hallways, subways, alleyways, parks, parked cars, restaurant bathrooms, streets and other public areas, primarily due to homelessness.  This kind of public injection, as the film makes clear, can often create a public health emergency. "If we don't come up with a plan, we're going to lose a lot of human life," one man says in the documentary's trailer. That's because people who shoot up in public spaces are statistically more susceptible to overdoses and disease.  A forthcoming report from the Injection Drug ...
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Medical marijuana advocate in Washington dies from cancer 22.8.2015 AP Washington
COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- A northeastern Washington man at the center of a nationally watched medical marijuana case has died of pancreatic cancer, six months after the federal government dropped charges against him....
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Medical marijuana advocate in Washington dies from cancer 22.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A northeastern Washington man at the center of a nationally watched medical marijuana case has died of pancreatic cancer, six months after the federal government dropped charges against him.
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Larry Harvey, Famed Washington Medical Marijuana Patient, Dies From Cancer 21.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced 10 years in prison in a high-profile federal pot case, died Thursday at age 71, a family spokeswoman said.  Harvey succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Colville, Washington, Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana activist and spokeswoman for the family, told HuffPost. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Harvey six months ago in the medical marijuana case because of his terminal cancer diagnosis . The case also included three members of Harvey’s family and a family friend. All were certified medical marijuana patients who grew marijuana near their home for personal medical use. The family issued this statement on Harvey's death: Larry will be remembered as a fighter until the bitter end. He fearlessly confronted the federal government head on and beat the Department of Justice, against all odds. In a so-called justice system where less than two-percent of defendants walk free, Larry was able to leave the federal courthouse with ...
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The great American heroin emergency 21.8.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
NOT EVEN the federal government can solve the nation’s growing heroin epidemic on its own, but it could always do more. That’s probably the best way to think about the new anti-heroin initiative unveiled by the White House on Monday. A one-year, $2.5 million plan to track the flow of drugs through the Northeastern states and other “high-intensity” regions certainly can’t hurt; but the White House isn’t pretending that its new initiative will conquer the problem and nor should anyone else.Read full article ...
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Seattle City Council candidates give their take on crime, public safety 21.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Editor’s note: As the general election draws closer, The Seattle Times opinion page is reaching out to candidates around our region to get their take on the issues that matter most to voters. In our ongoing reader survey, crime continues to be a popular concern for voters across Seattle’s seven City Council districts. (Housing was […]
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Federal court rejects Oakland's bid to save giant medical pot dispensary 21.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Oakland lost a legal fight Thursday to prevent the federal government from shutting down the nation's largest medical marijuana dispensary.
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Complaint filed against Colorado to allow pot for PTSD treatment 20.8.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A group of former military personnel on Wednesday filed a complaint in Denver District Court against the Colorado Board of Health's decision in July not to add post-traumatic stress disorder to medical conditions that can be treated under the state's medical marijuana program.
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What research shows about the benefits of medical marijuana 20.8.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
From calming the elderly in residential care facilities to treating epilepsy and PTSD and cancer treatment, valuable research is finally being done.
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Colorado rebrands anti-pot campaign for kids 20.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
DENVER (AP) — A state that has legalized recreational marijuana is now renewing efforts to get teens to stay away from it.
White House announces push to combat growing heroin epidemic 18.8.2015 LA Times: Nation
The White House is zeroing in on the growing heroin epidemic, announcing federal funding Monday to combat use of the drug with a focus on both public health and safety.
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The Heroin Statistics That Spooked the White House 18.8.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of people dying from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. almost quadrupled. This dramatic increase, as well as a spike in heroin use, is why the White House introduced Monday a $5 million program aimed at curbing heroin use and trafficking. Half of the money will go to a program that emphasizes treatment over prosecution of drug addicts. The Washington Post first reported the plan and the reasoning behind it, citing two senior administration officials. Here’s how it will work:
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