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Officials address cannabis and detox 28.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County's detox facility is intended for alcohol only, but a need also exists for people who have ingested too much cannabis. "It's usually edibles," Mind Springs Health Regional Director Tom Gangel said. "They show symptoms that are very similar to psychosis." Recently, a man was taken to detox after ingesting a large amount of edibles, Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Rich Brown said. The man experienced serious side effects, stripped off his clothes and banged on the door. Police had to take the man to Yampa Valley Medical Center, which is not an ideal option. "It can be very disruptive to have someone like that in the emergency department," Brown said. "It can take up a lot of resources." Last week, detox workers, local police and Yampa Valley Medical Center representatives met and discussed issues surrounding people who have overdosed on marijuana. "It's a new problem that we've not had to address before," Mind Springs Health Program Director Gina Toothaker said. Police are also dealing ...
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Woman with late-stage cancer to get medical marijuana card 25.11.2015 Yahoo: US National
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.
A Response To HuffPost's 'Dying To Be Free' 25.11.2015 Politics on
We highly commend the reporter Jason Cherkis for his extraordinary in-depth and comprehensive article focusing on heroin and opioid overdose deaths primarily in Kentucky, which was posted on January 28, 2015. It is an exemplary job of reporting that has brought national attention to this crisis, and stimulated changes in federal and some state policies that will save lives. And what he reports without labeling it as such is an epidemic of suffering. Suffering is the underlying issue. We've known for many decades that the abuse of substances and activities, whether alcohol, opioids or non‑ingestibles like gambling and sex can relieve suffering, if only temporarily. Heroin and opioids are the most effective pain killers -- whether psychological or physical. If we can reduce human suffering, we can reduce addiction. We have known for decades that addiction is almost always co-morbid with underlying mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorder, ADD, PTSD. If the underlying causes and conditions of addiction ...
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Gay men, drug users in US urged to take anti-HIV drug 25.11.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
A sizeable percent of gay American men and injection drug users are at substantial risk of HIV and should take a powerful, preventative drug to help avoid infection, American health officials said. Taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) daily can drastically reduce the risk of HIV infection, but the treatment is currently under-prescribed, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Tuesday. A quarter of gay and bisexual men and 20 percent of adults who inject drugs are at substantial risk of contracting HIV and should be counseled about taking PrEP, the CDC ...
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Painkiller Abuse Hits Close To Home For A Majority Of Americans: Poll 24.11.2015 Politics on
WASHINGTON --More than half of Americans know someone who has abused prescription painkillers or died from an overdose, or has taken these medications themselves to get high, as the opioid epidemic continues to spread, according to a new poll. Just 6 percent of those surveyed said they had abused painkillers, such as OxyContin, but 25 percent know a close friend or family member who has. Forty-five percent are acquainted with people who have used these medications without a prescription, and 39 percent know someone who became addicted, according to a Henry J. Kaiser Family foundation survey . Sixteen percent report knowing a person who died from an overdose of pain medication, and 9 percent said they'd lost a relative or good friend to an overdose. Together, that amounts to 56 percent of Americans touched by prescription painkiller addiction, the poll shows. In sharp contrast to the crack cocaine and heroin addictions that plagued American cities in past decades and disproportionately affected racial and ...
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This Senator Is Introducing The Largest Response Yet To The Heroin Epidemic 23.11.2015 Politics on
The senior senator from one of the states hit hardest by heroin and opioid abuse will call on Monday for Congress to spend $600 million immediately to address and curtail the epidemic. The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, being introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would spread money to various government agencies tasked with research, intervention and recovery. It is the most robust legislative response yet to what Shaheen and others deem a “national public health emergency.” “The opioid crisis is spiraling out of control,” Shaheen said in a statement. “This should be an all-hands-on-deck moment, not just for New Hampshire, but for our country. We are losing lives daily and our first responders, healthcare providers and criminal justice system are overwhelmed. To stem the tide, we urgently need additional funding for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts, and this legislation would provide resources to those on the frontlines.” The specifics of the ...
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Police find 1,000 bags of heroin in Hazlet hotel room after responding to call about sick child 23.11.2015 Yahoo: US National

Police find 1,000 bags of heroin in Hazlet hotel room after responding to call about sick childPolice were called to the Holiday Inn on Thursday, and while helping the child in a room, officers spotted heroin. Nearly 1,000 packets of the drug were found.

Moffat, Routt counties no exemption to national heroin presence 23.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Across Northwest Colorado, law enforcement is witnessing an influx of heroin. “We’re just seeing a dramatic increase in the use of heroin,” Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. Reports from local law enforcement on the presence of the drug in Routt and Moffat counties align with a national trend of increased use. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention , heroin use has gone up across the nation amongst men and women of all income levels in the past decade. In adults aged 18 to 25, use has more than doubled. “Through the course of our investigations, we’re finding that heroin is much more prevalent than it has been in the past,” Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins reported a similar spike in his jurisdiction. “Absolutely,” he said. “There’s definitely been an increase in heroin activity.” Several distribution arrests have been made in Routt County in the last several years. Police arrested Jeffrey S. Truslow, 25, and Steven L. Truslow, 29 , on ...
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Denver police and fire carrying heroin antidote to save lives 22.11.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver police and firefighters have administered 92 doses of a heroin antidote since July, when they began carrying the drug in all squad cars and firetrucks, according to data provided by the Denver Department of Safety.
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Pa. leads nation in young men's overdose deaths, N.J. 4th 20.11.2015 News
Pennsylvania leads the nation - and New Jersey is fourth - in drug overdose deaths among young adult men, according to a new analysis, raising the level of urgency about an epidemic that over the last decade has killed more than twice as many Americans as homicide.
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Denver requires social-media announcements for pot pesticide recalls 20.11.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver health officials are requiring marijuana companies that recall products tainted with unapproved pesticides to use websites and social media accounts to alert consumers.
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NIH says nearly 10 percent of Americans have had a drug use disorder 19.11.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
NIH says nearly 10 percent of Americans have had a drug use disorder
Scientists build atom-scale sub that moves at 'breakneck' speeds 18.11.2015 Yahoo: Business
Hep C in addicts cured by Merck drug at high rate in trial 18.11.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Hepatitis C patients who use intravenous drugs were cured at a high rate by Merck & Co.’s experimental therapy, a study found, a result that could put pressure on states to more broadly cover new treatments for a group that’s at high risk of reinfection. In Merck’s study of 301 intravenous drug users, 95 percent of patients treated in the trial were cured of the virus, Merck said Saturday. Intravenous drug users are the “hot core” of people with hepatitis C, according to Eliav Barr, head of infectious diseases at Merck, and few large studies have looked at the effectiveness of new oral therapies in treating them. A government study found that nearly half of young people who have ever injected narcotics like prescription painkillers or heroin have the virus, which spreads easily through needles. In a study published in June examining coverage policies in 42 Medicaid programs, about half required a period of drug abstinence before they’d cover treatment, and 64 percent required urine tests for drugs. ...
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Could Atropine Eyedrops Help Reduce Nearsightedness In Children? 17.11.2015 NPR News
Atropine, a medication commonly used to dilate the eyes for exams, can slow nearsightedness in children, a study finds. A dilute solution worked, and had fewer side effects like blurry vision.
AMA: Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed 17.11.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHICAGO (AP) — Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms. That message would be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they’re sold if the nation’s most influential doctors group has its way. The American Medical Association agreed Monday to push for regulations requiring such warnings be written on […]
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AMA: Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed 17.11.2015 AP Washington
CHICAGO (AP) -- Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms....
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Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks; warnings needed: AMA 17.11.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Medical Association is pushing for warning signs about marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Governor's pesticide order ensures fate of recalled Denver pot plants 14.11.2015 Denver Post: Local
Thousands of marijuana-infused products recently recalled in Denver over concerns they contain unapproved pesticides are likely to be destroyed in light of the governor's order to label them a public safety ...
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Gov. John Hickenlooper issues executive order to declare tainted pot a threat to public safety 13.11.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday issued an executive order telling state agencies that any marijuana grown with unapproved pesticides is a threat to public safety and should be removed from commerce and destroyed.
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