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Indiana county seeks yearlong needle exchange to fight HIV 20.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
An Indiana county experiencing the worst HIV outbreak in state history on Wednesday asked health officials to approve a yearlong needle exchange program to combat the ...
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Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling 20.5.2015 NPR News
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration pointed questions about what is being done to investigate alleged fraud, waste and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans.
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Grassley to Attorney General Lynch: crack down on Medicare Advantage overbilling 20.5.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Judiciary chair cites Center series in asking attorney general for scrutiny of Medicare Advantage
Hillary Clinton Campaign Begins Drafting Policy Solutions To Heroin Epidemic 19.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After hearing story after story from voters on the campaign trail about heroin's toll, Hillary Clinton instructed her policy team to draw up solutions to the burgeoning opiate epidemic . A Clinton aide told The Huffington Post that the Democratic presidential candidate decided to make mental health and drug addiction a major campaign issue after stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, where she kept hearing from people that the problem needs more attention. It's the type of issue that may not get much attention inside the Beltway and on Sunday talk shows, but opiate addiction has become a devastating problem. Clinton brought it up on Monday during a stop in Iowa, telling supporters that she wants to " end the stigma against talking about it ." “When I started running, when I started thinking about this campaign, I did not believe I would be standing in your living room talking about the drug abuse problem, the mental health problem, and the suicide problem," she said at the home of one of the ...
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How States Are Putting The Overdose Antidote Into The Hands Of Ordinary People 18.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod" — a jerk of the head forward and then quickly back — a telltale sign of heroin use, though not necessarily of an overdose. "In that scenario, they can go either way," she said. "I would not leave them alone." After an hour or so of instruction that includes spotting signs of a life-threatening overdose, the class of ordinary people — couples, co-workers, parents, retirees and others — leaves with two vials of the prescription heroin antidote naloxone, better known by its brand name, Narcan. It's part of an effort to make naloxone available to more people than just police, paramedics and the addicts themselves. Because of naloxone's effectiveness in nearly instantaneously bringing overdose victims back from near-death, New York and a handful of other states are making the lifesaving drug available to virtually anyone willing to be trained to use it, hoping to better the odds it will be there when ...
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Home-brew heroin: soon anyone will be able to make illegal drugs 18.5.2015 New Scientists HIV
In a few years, people could be using modified yeast to make drugs such as heroin and cocaine as easily as brewing beer. The impact on drug traffickers could be ...
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States help get heroin antidote into hands of regular folks 17.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod" — a jerk of the head forward and then quickly back — a telltale sign of heroin use, though not necessarily of an ...
States help get heroin antidote into hands of regular folks 17.5.2015 AP Washington
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod" - a jerk of the head forward and then quickly back - a telltale sign of heroin use, though not necessarily of an overdose....
Mass. launches overhauled medical marijuana dispensary application process 16.5.2015 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
Mass. launches overhauled medical marijuana dispensary application process
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Engineer says he doesn't remember fatal crash 15.5.2015 Philly.com News
As the death toll in Tuesday’s Amtrak disaster in Frankford climbed to 8, officials sparred over why the rail line didn’t have the technology that could have saved lives.
CDC study of Indiana HIV cases shows most are same strain 15.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A genetic analysis of HIV samples taken from about half the people infected in the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history shows nearly all of them have the same strain of the virus, a finding one health expert says is a sobering reminder of how rapidly HIV can spread among intravenous drug users.
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Largest U.S. needle exchange tries free meth pipes in Seattle 14.5.2015 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Occasional crystal meth smoker Richard Russell ambles up to a church storage garage in a Seattle alley and a recovering drug addict hands him two brand new meth pipes, no questions asked. Inject." The theory behind the handout program is that giving meth pipes to drug users may steer some away from needles, which are far riskier than smoking, especially if the user is sharing with another person infected with HIV or hepatitis C. There is little scientific evidence to support that claim, but The People's Harm Reduction Alliance, a privately funded needle-swap group run by drug users, said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks and could expand to other cities in Washington state and Oregon. Its program also draws addicts from society's fringes into its compassionate fold, with links to treatment and housing services, Executive Director Shilo Murphy ...
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To legalize pot, stop the infighting 13.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Opposition to marijuana legalization is rapidly decreasing -- from 60% in the mid-2000s to 44% in 2015. But it's still an uphill battle.
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Pa. Senate again passes medical marijuana bill 13.5.2015 Philly.com News
Pennsylvania lawmakers are again taking a crack at legalizing medical marijuana, with the Senate on Tuesday passing a bill allowing the drug to be prescribed for epilepsy, chronic pain, cancer, and other ailments.
Painkiller addiction spawns new hepatitis C threat 10.5.2015 Seattle Times: Health
Public health officials are bracing for a new wave of hepatitis C infections, one unleashed by the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction.
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Colombia suspending use of anti-coca herbicide 9.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday he is halting use of a herbicide that is a key part of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine ...
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Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations 8.5.2015 Philly.com News
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A powerful and potentially harmful chemical compound has been found in synthetic marijuana tested in several states that saw a huge spike in the number of people hospitalized because of the drug last month.
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Scientists crack a 50-year-old mystery about the measles vaccine 8.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.
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Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations 8.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade ...
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There's Been A Sudden, Alarming Spike In Hospitalizations Caused By Synthetic Marijuana 8.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation. Poison control centers nationwide reported 359 cases in January of illnesses from synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana but can be far more potent. There were 273 in February and 269 in March. But the number skyrocketed to just over 1,500 in April, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. "This is the worst outbreak of drug abuse that I've lived through," said Dr. Steven Marcus, executive director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University, who has been monitoring the recent spike. "It's almost as if someone had made a witches' brew of these cannabinoids. This ...
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