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Medical marijuana legalization sent to Ohio governor 26.5.2016 AP National
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure....
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A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment 23.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. NEW YORK — For Dr. Ross Macdonald, every person who enters New York City’s main jail with an opioid addiction represents an opportunity for treatment, and the possibility of saving a life. As the medical director of the city’s correctional health program, he ensures that offenders who come in on methadone continue to receive it. And he and his staff try to persuade as many addicted inmates as possible to get started on methadone before they leave the jail. Rikers Island Correctional Facility has run a model opioid treatment program since 1987, and it has assisted tens of thousands of inmates in maintaining treatment after they return to their communities. Medical researchers have repeatedly found that the jail’s methadone treatment program has resulted in overall health care cost savings, reduced crime and ...
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Smugglers move fish bladders 23.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Jonathan Garcia Pereda snapped a photo, the contraband glowing white in his smartphone. Mexican federal police had stopped a 28-year-old man from San Felipe at a checkpoint, discovering black plastic bags balled up in the tires. It appeared to be another familiar bust to the Mexican police, until they cut open the bags.
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Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Compound Derived From Cannabis 21.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis, has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and have other medicinal uses -- and it has no euphoric properties, like marijuana. Still, regulators debate its legal status, while Big Pharma attempts to corner the CBD market. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this one: We depend on reader support! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today. The medicinal properties of cannabidiol (better known as CBD), a compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant species, are quickly drawing the attention of scientists, plant-medicine lovers, dietary-supplement companies, venture capitalists, professional athletes and Big Pharma -- not to mention people living with serious, chronic medical conditions. Insiders predict the burgeoning market will be as profitable as the NFL. Today, if you run a search on PubMed.gov , a medical research database, you'll find more than 1,500 academic articles on cannabidiol. Unlike ...
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Purdue Pharma: Corporate Fraud With a Body Count 18.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The LA Times investigation of Purdue Pharma's manufacture and marketing of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin published last week should be regarded as a standard case study in corporate fraud. Except this particular tale also features a body count. This fact does nothing to call into question the validity of corporate fraud framework for understanding the story of OxyContin; it only makes its principal victims more visible, and the misbehavior in question more abhorrent, than is typical for the genre. All the major features of Purdue's handling of OxyContin conform to similar acts of corporate fraud perpetrated in recent years: it encompasses not only what the company did (lie to generate profit), but what government regulatory agencies failed to do (detect and expose those lies), as well as the absence of any serious legal or other penalties imposed on Purdue Pharma as a result (a $634.5 million fine on a drug that has earned it $31 billion in revenue, or 2 percent of earnings). Still the story is ...
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Congress struggles to strike deal on Zika funds as concern about the virus grow 18.5.2016 Washington Post
Congress struggles to strike deal on Zika funds as concern about the virus grow
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Governor who called legalization 'reckless' now says Colorado's pot industry is working 17.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana four years ago, one of the move's chief critics was Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The moderate Democrat said that if he could "wave a magic wand" to reverse the decision, he would. Then he called voters "reckless" for approving it in the first place,...

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If California legalizes marijuana, consumption will likely increase. But is that a bad thing? 16.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In six months, California will join Maine, Nevada and probably a few other states in deciding whether or not to legalize the large-scale commercial production of marijuana. Residents will be inundated with wild claims about the promises and pitfalls of these initiatives.

You will hear debates about...

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9 Things You Should Know If Your Child Is Using Heroin 14.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
by Jeremy Galloway The recent spike in the use of heroin and other opioids, sparking frightening headlines about addiction and overdose, has left families struggling to find solutions. When my family discovered I was using heroin over a decade ago, when I was in my mid-20s, they spent years trying to help, but didn't know where to begin. Together, we learned the hard way that many potential "fixes" end up being dead ends. Some might cause even more harm. There are so many things which, had we known them then, might have spared us years of pain and strained relationships. This isn't a comprehensive guide, but these tips should be a helpful starting point for family members looking for answers. 1. Who's to Blame? Well, It's Just Not That Simple... Experimenting with substances is normal. People have been using psychoactive substances for thousands of years and only a fraction of us become addicted . Contrary to the "gateway theory," only 4 percent of Americans who try marijuana go on to experiment with ...
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This new law might put your medical marijuana dispensary out of business 14.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In 2001, Steve DeAngelo agreed to help a friend by attending the delivery of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a Maryland trailer park and verifying the quality of the product. In exchange, DeAngelo said he would get 10 pounds of the cannabis that he planned to distribute to medical marijuana patients...

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You asked, we answered: The best from our Reddit Q&A on OxyContin 13.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary
The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. On the strength of that promise, OxyContin became America's best-selling painkiller. But our Los Angeles Times investigation...
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Take 2 acetaminophen and care less 12.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The side effects of popping a pain reliever containing acetaminophen are well-known: You may get stomach pains. You might feel nauseated.
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When Time Behind Bars Cuts Addiction Treatment Short 11.5.2016 NPR News
Most inmates lose access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction once they're incarcerated. Among prisons and jails that do offer such treatment, it's often restricted to pregnant women.
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Gupta: Blame doctors for mess 11.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Veteran doctors don't need a blood test to tell when someone is on the verge of a drug overdose. They can even narrow down the culprit by observation alone. Dilated pupils mean cocaine, amphetamines, maybe LSD. Constricted pupils mean an opiate.
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The new heroin, but deadlier 11.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Pennsylvania seeks chief for new medical marijuana program 10.5.2016 Philly.com News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Health Department is looking for someone to oversee its new medical marijuana program.
'Salvaging some good’: The unexpected side effect of the tragic opioid epidemic 9.5.2016 Washington Post
'Salvaging some good’: The unexpected side effect of the tragic opioid epidemic
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The public scorns the addiction treatment Prince was going to try. They shouldn’t. 9.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Maintenance is the most effective way to treat addiction, but it's also heavily stigmatized.
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Drug shoot-up rooms, once unthinkable in U.S., get serious look 9.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

The alarming rate of American overdose deaths has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider allowing government-sanctioned sites where drug users can shoot up under medical supervision.
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Her fiance gave her heroin. She overdosed. Does that make him a murderer? 9.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Prosecutors’ push to curb heroin deaths is resulting in stiff penalties for friends and family.
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