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Retired Cop Finally Wins Fight To Save Police Dog From Auction 6.2.2016 Green on
A retired cop whose beloved K-9 partner was set to be sold at auction can now rest easy. Matt Hickey, who retired from the police force in Marietta, Ohio, last week, was able to purchase his police dog, Ajax, from the department for $1, he confirmed to The Huffington Post. For the past week, Hickey had been afraid he’d be separated from his canine companion forever -- a situation that would be devastating for both man and dog. The two had been police partners for three years, and had developed a deep professional and personal relationship. “He’s with me 24/7,” Hickey said on Wednesday. “He goes with me on my vacation; there’s a tight bond. I’m his pack leader.” Retired Ohio cop takes home K-9 partner — WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) February 5, 2016 The fate of Ajax had been up in the air because, at age 5, he was too young for police dog retirement. Hickey offered to purchase Ajax for $3,500 -- a value set by the city. But Marietta officials said an Ohio ...
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3 Reasons to Come Out to Your Doctor About Marijuana 5.2.2016 Green on
You've seen the question many times. It's always on the form the receptionist asks you to fill out when you see a new doctor. Perhaps you pause for a few seconds. Then you probably answer "No." The question is some variant of: Have you ever used illegal drugs? And although you smoke weed, perhaps on a regular basis, and although it is illegal in your state, you probably answer "no" because... well, it's just easier that way. You don't want to prejudice a new doctor against you. And what if your illegal behavior becomes part of your medical record? What if your employer or insurance company finds out about you? With all the havoc it might conceivably cause, is it really worth coming out to your physician? I believe the answer is yes. Of course, it depends upon your boldness and your risk tolerance, but I think you should let your doctor know if you use marijuana on a regular basis. The insurance companies don't care about your cannabis use: They review charts just to locate financial irregularities. Your ...
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Mass. woman pleads guilty to slamming kids' heads on floor 5.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for slamming her four young children's heads into the floor of a Springfield grocery store while high on drugs.
A Maryland Lawmaker Offers A Radical New Solution To The Heroin Crisis 5.2.2016 Politics on
The war on drugs has failed. Slap that assertion into Google and you'll find it in quotes being tossed out by politicians of every stripe, from the highest levels of the Obama administration to the lowest-polling GOP candidate for president. But if the war has failed, what will peacetime look like? Dr. Dan Morhaim, who represents part of Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates, wants to start that conversation after decades of treating the fallout from addiction in emergency rooms in Baltimore. On Friday, he'll announce the introduction of a sweeping set of bills that would upend the approach to the opioid epidemic, Morhaim, a Democrat, told HuffPost. The approach is a radical one likely to scare off nearly all politicians and probably a majority of voters. So let's back into his bills slowly. Who is Dan Morhaim? This is not a graduate student coming to the issue with a fresh, theoretical perspective. Morhaim is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the ...
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Ted Cruz's Solution To The Heroin Epidemic: Secure The Border, Have Faith 5.2.2016 Politics on
HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at a nonpartisan forum on the heroin epidemic at Emmanuel Baptist Church Thursday, where he shared his family's experiences with addiction, emphasized the importance of faith and took some shots at the Democratic Party. What he did not do is explain how he, as president, would address the crisis -- other than by promising to secure the border so that traffickers have a harder time getting into the country. "The solution to this is going to come at the state and local level. It's going to come from the church, it's going to come from charities, it's going to come from friends and families and loved ones stepping forward," Cruz said. "But it's also going to come from the federal government that actually does its job and secures the borders," he went on. "And I'll tell you this: If I'm elected president, you'll have my solemn commitment. We will secure the borders." Immigration policy wasn't enough for Holly Cekala, a recovery advocate who runs the nonprofit ...
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Facebook shuts down some medical marijuana pages in New Jersey 4.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shut down by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts. Compassionate Sciences in ...
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Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey 4.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts.
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Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey 4.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three of New Jersey’s five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts. Compassionate Sciences in Bellmawr, Garden State in Woodbridge, and Breakwater […]
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Obama seeks more than $1 billion to fight opioid abuse 3.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would ask Congress to spend an additional $1.1 billion next year to combat a growing epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin ...
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Optus provides satellite for Mobile Health NZ 3.2.2016 Yahoo: Business

Optus provides satellite for Mobile Health NZOptus will provide satellite connectivity to a health company in NZ that aims to bring high-quality health education video-conferencing to rural areas.

Denver releases 28K marijuana products it had recalled for pesticides 3.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
The city of Denver has released more than 28,000 packages of marijuana-infused edibles back into the market after recalling the products late last year when they tested positive for pesticides that are banned for use on ...
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In Midst of Opioid Drug Crisis, No Real Drug Reform 2.2.2016 Politics on
We learn of a new tragic data point in the country's struggle to confront opioid addiction on a weekly basis. As the Centers for Disease Control recently acknowledged , the U.S. in in the midst of an "an epidemic of drug overdose (poisoning) deaths." In receipt of this information, a number of politicians have shared their own family narratives of struggles with addiction, and even more have stepped forward with new plans to expand access to treatment and increase criminal penalties for trafficking in illicit drugs. Yet no one has made the case for meaningful drug reform. As should be clear at this point, it is not for want of resources, conviction or additional penalties that the nation's war on drugs has failed. It is doomed to failure because of its own flawed premise, yet those in support of the drug war's logic remain as undisturbed by this latest "reform" wave as the prodigious illicit drug production of criminal syndicates unperturbed by law enforcement. On this point, we have sadly too much ...
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Ailing woman who sued to get out-of-state marijuana dies 2.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An ailing New Hampshire woman who won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state has died.
Pa. schools can get heroin-antidote drug 2.2.2016 News
Pennsylvania school districts will be eligible to receive one free carton of Narcan nasal spray -- which can reverse the effects of heroin overdoses -- under a partnership between the state and the Radnor-based maker of the drug, Gov. Wolf announced today.
Repeal of Federal Ban on Needle Exchange: Necessary But Not Sufficient 2.2.2016 Politics on
In 1988, Congress passed an omnibus bill that included a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. This ban continued despite scientific reports demonstrating the effectiveness of such programs in preventing HIV and hepatitis infections among intravenous drug users. President Obama repealed the ban in 2009 only to have Congress reinstate it in 2012. About 200 programs across the U.S. exist through a combination of local, state, and private funding. A recent HIV outbreak in Indiana has highlighted the need for needle exchange. Last year, rural Scott County experienced a sudden increase in HIV infections that reached a peak of 184 new cases . Republican Governor Mike Pence, a vocal opponent of needle exchange, declared a state of emergency and approved a temporary program to combat the outbreak. Health officials criticized the response, pointing to the Governor's delay in waiting until the spread of HIV had reached epidemic proportions and his eventual legislation that limited needle exchange to ...
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Breaking the silence: Steamboat Springs is not immune to national health crisis 31.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
It was a surreal moment for Dr. David Wilkinson, as he watched a security video captured by a camera outside the emergency room doors at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. “A beat-up, four-door sedan drives up, the back door opens and someone pushes a 20-year-old to the curb and then drives away,” Wilkinson recalls. “He’s unconscious, not breathing.” The young man had overdosed on heroin, and his friends, concerned about legal issues, left him for dead outside the hospital. “We resuscitated him, and he’s alive,” Wilkinson said. The incident seemed to Wilkinson like something that would happen in an inner city neighborhood, not a ski town in the Colorado Rockies. “It really brought the problem home for me,” Wilkinson said. Since that incident last summer, Wilkinson has watched the same scenario play out numerous times. It’s one of the reasons he has become involved in The Foundry , a new 12-bed inpatient addictions treatment facility — the first of its kind in Steamboat Springs and ...
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Philly420: Pennsylvania Medical Society misdiagnosing medical marijuana 29.1.2016 News
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Let pain and PTSD sufferers in Illinois use cannabis 27.1.2016 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Illinois in November. What do we know so far about this alternative treatment of illness? We hear many patients are grateful and that there's a strain called Pre-98 Bubba Kush that is one fast ticket to euphoria. On the business side, though, ...
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Poll: New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs as a Health Issue 26.1.2016 Politics on
A new poll finds that New Hampshire voters support treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue - this includes decriminalizing drug use and possession, eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, and making naloxone (the antidote to opiate overdoses) more widely available. Presidential candidates in both parties are speaking in a new, reform-oriented tone when they talk about drugs, addiction and crime. Our country may finally be ready for an exit strategy from the failed war on drugs. Voters don't just want more of a health-focused approach to drugs and drug use - they also want to significantly reduce the role of criminalization in drug policy. Sixty-six percent - including half of all Republicans and 68 percent of Independents - think people caught with a small amount of illegal drugs for personal use should be evaluated for drug issues and offered treatment, but not be arrested or face any jail time. And 73 percent of New Hampshire primary voters - including 57 percent of ...
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Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge 26.1.2016 Politics on
Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug's manufacturer. Adapt Pharma, manufacturers of a nasal-spray form of naloxone, also known as Narcan, has partnered with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to further expand access to the life-saving drug, the two groups said at the final day of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Activation Summit. Naloxone is nonaddictive, nontoxic and easy to administer, especially through nasal application. It reverses the effects of an opioid overdose by essentially blocking the opioid receptors that heroin and many prescription painkillers target. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone in November, though it had previously been gaining popularity among first responders and advocacy groups as a first line of defense to prevent surging opioid overdose deaths ...
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