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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide 28.3.2015 NPR Health Science
Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.
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Emergency over county's HIV epidemic 27.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Indiana is declaring a public health emergency in one county due to an epidemic of HIV.
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, an economically depressed area about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, that has seen 79 new infections since December. The county typically sees only about five HIV cases each year, health officials said. All of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county, and all of the infections have been linked to needle sharing among drug users. Most of the infections involve people who injected a liquefied form of the prescription painkiller Opana. Methamphetamine and heroin account for the remaining cases, health officials said. Pence, a Republican, said officials from the Centers for Disease Control ...
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Four labs apply to become medical marijuana testers 27.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The labs will test medical cannabis products to make sure they are free of contaminants, pesticides and mold.
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Feds May Spend Nearly $70 Million On Marijuana For Research 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The federal government announced Monday that it is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana research through the University of Mississippi, which houses the only federally legal cannabis garden in the United States. The new contract, worth a maximum of $68.7 million over five years, was awarded by the National Institutes of Health Monday and posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website . The award is a renewal of a contract with the university that the federal government has held for more than 40 years. In a statement provided to The Huffington Post, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an arm of NIH that oversees the marijuana operation at Ole Miss, said, "To serve the research community, NIDA has tried to build farm capacity flexible enough to accommodate various levels of demand for research marijuana and marijuana products over the next five years." NIDA is already obligated to spend $1.5 million on Ole Miss marijuana research for the 2015 fiscal year, the organization told ...
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Narcotics dog who ingested meth during search dies 27.3.2015 AP Washington
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Barney, the Tacoma police narcotics dog that became sick after ingesting methamphetamine during a drug investigation, has died....
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Paid to sleep: NY cracks down on napping health workers 26.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — By day, Tanya Lemon was a 35-year-old single mother who took care of her four children. By night, she worked 12-hour shifts as a nurse at a state group home in suburban Syracuse, paid to watch over vulnerable residents as they slept.
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Kentucky's New Heroin Law Makes A 'Culture Shift' 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state’s heroin epidemic. The bipartisan measure represents a significant policy shift away from more punitive measures toward a focus on treating addicts, not jailing them. The state will now allow local health departments to set up needle exchanges and increase the number of people who can carry naloxone, the drug that paramedics use to save a person suffering an opioid overdose. Addicts who survive an overdose will no longer be charged with a crime after being revived. Instead, they will be connected to treatment services and community mental health workers. At a Wednesday morning press conference before he signed the bill into law, Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said the legislation sent a simple message to addicts across Kentucky: "We’re coming to help you. Work with us. Help us to help you to get on the road to recovery." In the past, help along the road to recovery in Kentucky typically meant an abstinence-only ...
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HIV Outbreak In Indiana To Be Declared Public Health Emergency 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. Pence, a Republican, said he generally opposes needle exchanges but is listening to health officials to determine the best way to stop the outbreak in Scott County in southern Indiana. Health officials say 72 cases of HIV have been confirmed in southern Indiana and seven other people have preliminary positive HIV infections. All of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county. Pence, who plans to issue an executive order Thursday morning outlining a range of state actions, noted Scott County typically sees five HIV cases each year. "What I'm thinking about carefully and thoughtfully is what's needed in a public health emergency, what's necessary to really get control of this in the immediate future," ...
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Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak 26.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the ...
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Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak 26.3.2015 Health
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the ...
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Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada 25.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 The newly passed and ironically titled 'Respect for Communities Act' will effectively block the establishment of new supervised injection facilities across Canada. The House of Commons passed  Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act . Pretty title, but like so much Conservative legislation, the meaning of the title, like the bill, is  cruelly ironic ...
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House committees hold joint hearing on joints 25.3.2015 Philly.com News
Medical marijuana pros and cons debated
Through Smart Drug Policies, We Can Change Our Communities for the Better 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a staggering and tragic statistic: Heroin overdose deaths tripled from 2010 to 2013. These numbers are shocking, but they unfortunately come as no surprise to the communities across the U.S. that have been torn apart by drug abuse and deaths from overdose. Addiction to opioids including heroin and prescription pills like Vicodin and OxyContin is an epidemic sweeping our nation. This epidemic is hurting millions of Americans who are struggling with or have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction. I share this pain. I felt it personally when I lost my son, who was just 25 years old at the time, to the crippling disease of addiction. I feel this pain every day. After my son's passing, I refocused my life to lessening the pain and stigma associated with this disease in our communities. I founded Shatterproof in the hopes of turning a story of tragedy into one of hope. There's a lack of resources for Americans struggling with addiction, and ...
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Minnesota girl whose parents worked for medical marijuana dies 24.3.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- A Montevideo girl whose struggles with an inherited disease led her parents to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis in Minnesota has died at age 8.

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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean 24.3.2015 NPR Health Science
Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.
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Antibiotic use on pig farms skyrockets worldwide 21.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Pig farmers around the world, on average, use nearly four times as much antibiotics as cattle ranchers do, per pound of meat.
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Americans want more spending, fewer taxes 21.3.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to...
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Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot 20.3.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana....
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Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot 20.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize ...
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