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The 'Trump Troubadour' went to 45 Trump rallies in honor of his late son. Now he feels 'betrayed.' 23.3.2017 Washington Post
The 'Trump Troubadour' went to 45 Trump rallies in honor of his late son. Now he feels 'betrayed.'
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Mayor's opioid task force sees huge obstacles to safe injection sites in Philly 22.3.2017 Philly.com News
GOP health care bill changes would cut more funding to Medi-Cal 22.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
House Republicans’ proposed changes to the American Health Care Act — the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — could reduce federal funding to Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor, even more dramatically than the original bill sought to do, health experts said. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal, said the agency “cannot speculate as to any potential changes to the Medicaid program that may occur under proposed federal legislation.” [...] Tim Jost, a health law professor at Washington & Lee University, said he would be surprised if California headed down this path, which some Republican-led states have attempted in recent years, only to be denied by the Obama administration. The new Republican amendments would also give states the option of choosing between two types of Medicaid federal funding starting in 2020, though both options would result in a significant reduction of federal dollars to Medi-Cal. On the individual ...
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Republican Opposition To Health Care Bill Cracks Open Door To Negotiations 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Faced with the increasingly clear reality that House conservatives will vote down the Republican health care bill, GOP leaders may be moving toward reopening negotiations on their Affordable Care Act rewrite. Or Republicans may be moving closer to an embarrassing floor defeat. Members of the House Freedom Caucus swear they won’t be swayed by public or private pressure from President Donald Trump, and even after Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday morning, HFC Republicans reported that their positions had not changed and would not change without substantial amendments to the bill. “This isn’t the 1990s,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Tuesday afternoon. “There’s an internet now. They used to be able to corral people much more easily. Today we’re in a different world.” Given the conservative obstinance, GOP leaders are quietly trying to figure out what it would take to get at least some of the Freedom Caucus onboard with the health care bill, which is supposed to come up for a vote on ...
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Safe injection sites: Harm reduction 22.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Safe injection sites are a harm-reduction measure shown to dramatically decrease overdose deaths by placing trained, nonjudgmental observers in a position to reverse accidental overdoses. The science shows that contrary to Lisa DuFour’s assertion, they do not increase or encourage drug use. Moreover, they have been shown to facilitate users accessing treatment programs when they […]
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First opioid prescriptions influence the likelihood of chronic drug use 18.3.2017 Washington Post
First opioid prescriptions influence the likelihood of chronic drug use
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Wyoming man who prompted landfill search for toddler’s body sentenced in boy’s death 18.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
The man who pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter in the death of a baby boy will serve between 18 and 20 years in prison.
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Colorado’s voter turnout in 2016 election remains among top 5 nationally 17.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado continued its strong, top-five showing in voter turnout by ranking fourth in the 2016 presidential election at 72.1 percent, according to a report by Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project.
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The Daily 202: With Obamacare repeal, House Budget Committee chair seeks to accomplish what she ran on 16.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Diane Black’s background underscores why GOP leaders are so driven to pass an imperfect bill
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Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment 16.3.2017 NPR: Healthcare
The director of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, Michael Botticelli, says the proposed GOP health bill would decrease access to treatment in the middle of an opioid crisis.
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Good science on marijuana is so hard to find 15.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Good science on marijuana is so hard to find
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How the GOP heathcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis 15.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A drug epidemic is ravaging the United States, and it’s getting worse, not better. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, more than died from automobile accidents or firearms. That’s far more than died from overdoses in any year during the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

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Pot of Gold: Tycoons and others are in frenzied race to win Pa. medical marijuana licenses 10.3.2017 Philly.com News
Dramatic slow-speed pursuit on Hollywood Boulevard draws crowd of onlookers 10.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Police chased the driver of a stolen car Thursday across Los Angeles, and the pursuit came to a crawl on Hollywood Boulevard, drawing a crowd of onlookers.

After winding through the San Fernando Valley at high speeds, the stolen blue Dodge Avenger crept into the heart of Hollywood.

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Meth everywhere: Burlington struggles to close down contaminated motel 9.3.2017 Seattle Times: Politics

Legislation approved by the state Senate would make it easier for local governments to vacate and clean up properties contaminated by methamphetamine.
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To battle deadly overdose epidemic, Philly considers safe injection sites 9.3.2017 Philly.com News
Pete Davidson, the SNL comic famous for weed jokes, announces he is sober ‘for the first time in 8 years’ 8.3.2017 Washington Post
Pete Davidson, the SNL comic famous for weed jokes, announces he is sober ‘for the first time in 8 years’
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Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis 8.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.” So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: […]
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Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis 8.3.2017 AP Top News
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Michael Fasman's 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn't want to give her painkillers because "they just knock her out."...
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What to expect as GOP tries to speed health-care plan into law 8.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Republicans must navigate a complicated path to turn their 123-page proposal from legislation to law. And they’re hoping to do it before Congress’ April recess.
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