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'How's Amanda?' A story of truth, lies and heroin addiction 24.7.2016 Philly.com News
There are many ways to take measure of the pain, longing and despair that are said to be driving a historic opiate epidemic. But the fact that matters most for a chronic user is what it takes for just one addict to get clean.
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Are you too old to ride roller coasters? 22.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Some people have to miss the fun at amusement parks because they're too short or too tall, but can you be too old?
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It Is Unclear How THC Ended Up In This Colorado Town's Water 22.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday. A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. “At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities,” the sheriff’s office said. “Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water.” Susan Kelly, the county’s public health director, said there were no reports of anyone falling ill or otherwise being affected by the tainted water. Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use. But it was unclear how THC got into the water, as there are no legal marijuana ...
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Snohomish County aims to fight opioid epidemic with sales-tax hike on ballot 22.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Snohomish County is citing its opioid epidemic as it advocates for a sales-tax increase that would, in large part, help it hire more sheriff’s deputies.
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Officials detect THC, marijuana's active ingredient, in Colorado town's public water supply 22.7.2016 Washington Post
Officials detect THC, marijuana's active ingredient, in Colorado town's public water supply
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Small Town In Colorado Tells Residents Water Is Contaminated With THC 22.7.2016 NPR News
Hugo, Colo., is not home to any marijuana growers or retailers. But the town is reporting that THC — the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive qualities — is in the tap water.
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Tipton discusses opioid epidemic with communities across Colorado 22.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. tackle the nation’s growing problem of prescription drug abuse, one congressman has brought the discussion home to Colorado. U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, is looking to the communities he represents in an ongoing effort to understand prescription opioid and heroin abuse. On Thursday, the congressman was in Craig for the last of four roundtable meetings held across the 3rd Congressional District to discuss the issue. “I’m a big believer that nobody knows our communities better than we do,” Tipton said. In 2015, Colorado had 329 deaths from prescription opiate overdoses and 160 from heroin, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The number of opiate-related deaths per year reached triple digits for the first time in 2001 and has continued to climb steadily, hitting 227 in 2010 and peaking at 338 in 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, Moffat County saw five opiate-related deaths while Routt and Garfield counties had six each. The ...
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Colorado town finds THC in its water, warns residents not to drink or bathe in it 22.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
A town on Colorado's Eastern Plains is warning its residents not to drink, bathe or cook with its water because evidence was found of THC, the active compound in marijuana.
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Four Colorado doctors suspended over medical marijuana recommendations 20.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado Medical Board has suspended the licenses of four Colorado doctors, alleging that the doctors wrote medical marijuana recommendations allowing high plant counts to more than 1,500 patients.
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As need grows for painkiller overdose treatment, companies raise prices 17.7.2016 LA Times: Business

Aimee Dunkle began helping to distribute the drug naloxone -- the life-saving antidote to prescription painkiller overdoses -- after her son died.

Ben Dunkle, 20, was with three people when he overdosed in 2012, she said. She believes he would be alive today if they had naloxone.

“They panicked,”...

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Addiction has destroyed entire cities, yet we continue to fight a failed drug war 16.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Once again, the story is told in heartbreaking detail how OxyContin abuse has devastated the lives of addicts and their families. (“How black-market OxyContin spurred a town's descent into crime, addiction and heartbreak,” July 10)

Similar stories have been written for decades about...

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Hawaii marijuana dispensaries can open, but none are ready 16.7.2016 Durango Herald
HONOLULU – Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so.The state Department of Health said none of the state’s eight dispensaries was approved to open by July 15, the first day they were allowed by law.One big hurdle is the state hasn’t certified a lab to...
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Hawaii pot dispensaries can legally open, but none are ready 16.7.2016 AP National
HONOLULU (AP) -- Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so....
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Responding to K2 with Facts Instead of Fear 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, New Yorkers awoke to news in the New York Times and New York Post that dozens of people in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn had severe reactions to a batch of K2, a commonly used name for synthetic cannabinoid products. This most recent outbreak follows a spate of emergency room admissions last summer centered on K2 use in East Harlem and unfortunately illustrate all too clearly the continued failure of our prohibitionist and punitive drug laws. The outbreak also serves as an important cautionary tale of basing policy on fear instead of facts. Synthetic cannabinoids, work by acting on various cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, their effects are different and often stronger than marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids in their original form are powder or liquid chemicals, sometimes sprayed on herbal matter and sold in packages. One of the main risks of use of K2, as well as other novel psychoactive substances (NPS), is that very little is actually known about their composition or their ...
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Synthetic weed use spikes 15.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Poisoning from synthetic marijuana is on the rise and, in some cases deadly, new research found.
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DEA, state crack down on pain doctor over opiate prescriptions, citing 18 deaths 15.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

State health officials have suspended the license of Dr. Frank Li, medical director for Seattle Pain Centers, a chain of eight clinics in Washington that serves as many as 25,000 patients. He also can’t bill Medicaid.
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One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana 14.7.2016 Washington Post
New research shows a dramatic drop in painkiller prescriptions after medical marijuana laws are passed.
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PRESUMED INNOCENT. FOUND DEAD. 14.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

The Huffington Post gathered names, causes of death, dates of arrest and death, and other data for more than 800 people who died in jails and police lockups in the year following Sandra Bland’s death on July 13, 2015.


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10 Smoke Signals Heralding The End Of Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition 13.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A little less than a year ago I wrote an article “ 10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke ” for the Huffington Post. While all the points in the article still reign true, I am happy to report that the list is still growing. In fact, there is so much happening on the topic that at times it is hard to keep up. Like the fact that today, Senator Lindsey Graham is holding a hearing on medical cannabis or that national polls show support for medical cannabis at 89% (81% for Republicans). Putting this article together gave me an opportunity step back and observe the landscape that medical cannabis policy has created. The work of medical cannabis advocates and brave legislators is truly saving lives. Positive outcomes from medical cannabis policies are driving more states to create and improve programs. With more than 300 million Americans living in the 42 states, along with D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, where some kind of medical cannabis law has been passed, there is a ...
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