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Former US Representative Sues Over Marijuana Dispensary Licenses 28.8.2014 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
William Delahunt, the president of Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts and a former US Representative for Massachusetts’ 10th District, is suing state medical marijuana regulators after they revoked three dispensary licenses they originally granted to his ...
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Change Of Habit: How Seattle Cops Fought An Addiction To Locking Up Drug Users 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jeremy Bradford and a friend were walking through downtown Seattle one summer night in 2011, looking for a place where they could share the contents of the baggie in Bradford’s pocket, when they ran into a man who told them about a spot under the freeway. A narrow trail led through a thicket of blackberry brambles to a small clearing. Eight or nine people were sitting around on salvaged chairs and mattresses, smoking cigarettes and talking. Bradford didn’t feel like he belonged there. “You have two types of people in the crack world -- crackheads and smokers,” he said. He still thought of himself as a smoker, someone with too much self-respect to live in the weeds under a highway. But there he was. He took a seat on a mattress, held a flame to the end of a thin glass tube and inhaled. In another life, Bradford supervised 13 soldiers as a corporal in the Marines, and later sold good suits in the men’s section of a department store. He was “a preppy black guy in Armani,” he said, a man who took pride in ...
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'It's just a very, very sad place' 28.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
How do parents of addicts help their children without enabling them? CNN's Kelly Wallace gets a painfully honest look at what it's like to be in this situation.
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Elgin approves medical marijuana dispensary 28.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Elgin approves medical marijuana dispensary
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'The meat and potatoes' of fighting drugs 27.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Heroin use has surged in cities across the U.S. CNN joins Detective David Betz as he and a confidential informant work to get illegal drugs off the streets.
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John Turnipseed: Getting sober takes time; adjusting and finding a job take even more 27.8.2014 MinnPost
A little more than two decades ago, a yearlong residential drug-addiction treatment program at Minneapolis-based Eden House helped turn John Turnipseed’s life around. Though today he is two decades sober and vice president of the Center for Fathering at Minneapolis nonprofit Urban Ventures , Turnipseed’s earlier life was consumed by drug addiction and violence. A member of the family that founded Minneapolis’ notorious Rolling 30s Blood gang, Turnipseed was a drug dealer — and user. He eventually spent a decade in prison for his crimes. Thirty of his relatives remain in prison. Ten were convicted of first-degree murder. Earlier this month, Turnipseed was a featured speaker at the Humphrey Policy Fellows ’ second annual Big Think alumni conference, which focused on shaping policy around mental health, addiction and recovery. Turnipseed told the group gathered at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center that he credits his own successful recovery from addiction to his lengthy treatment program. ...
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New ‘Biochips’ That Mimic Our Bodies Could Speed Development of Drugs 27.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Imagine if scientists could recreate you—or at least part of you—on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and the hefty costs that burden our healthcare system. Right now, inside a lab at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers are working to ...
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How to Shoot Hyperlapse Videos Without Making People Sick 27.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Hyperlapse has a ton of potential for creativity, but let's all master the basics before breaking the mold. Because in this case, the mold is a actually metaphor for not wanting to throw up, ...
Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Legal Medical Marijuana 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new research suggests. In a study published Monday in the latest issue of JAMA Internal Medicine , researchers found that although overdose deaths from opioid painkillers -- like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin -- have increased in the U.S. over the course of the last decade, they were 25 percent lower in states that implemented medical marijuana laws than other states. The reason for the association was unclear. The study was led by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "Prescription drug abuse and deaths due to overdose have emerged as national public health crises," Colleen L. Barry, senior author of the study and associate professor in the health policy and management department at the Bloomberg School, said in a statement. "As our awareness of the addiction and overdose risks ...
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Drug czar approaches challenge from a different angle: As a recovering alcoholic 26.8.2014 Washington Post: Politics
LYNN, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino as a drug kingpin in “ Scarface ,” and gathered around was a group of addicts who live together in the house for help and support. On one door hangs a black mailbox labeled “urine,” where residents must drop samples for drug tests. Botticelli is listening to their stories of addiction and then offered ...
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Medical marijuana could reduce painkiller abuse, study suggests 26.8.2014 LA Times: Science
Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.
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Medical pot tied to fewer prescription ODs 26.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

States that allow medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription drug overdose deaths, a team of researchers reports in a newly released academic paper, suggesting that expanded access to marijuana, often used for its purported pain-alleviating qualities, could have unintended benefits.

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Medical pot may cut painkiller ODs 26.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments? 22.8.2014 NPR News
Even though the current outbreak in West Africa has become the largest ever, Ebola isn't the most attractive business proposition for drugmakers. The right financial incentives might change that.
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Female Inmates Should Soon Have This Basic Human Right Protected In California 21.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Legislation sparked by a media report and a state audit that found female prisoners were being unlawfully sterilized in California's prisons heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk this week for the Democrat's signature. The worst allegations suggested that women were coerced into sterilizations. The bill, SB 1135 , would prohibit sterilization for birth control purposes in the state's prisons and jails. The procedure would still be allowed in cases of medical emergency or treatment of a diagnosed condition. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would also be required to provide the women with a follow-up psychological consultation and to report sterilization data on its website. The bill received final yes votes in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate earlier this week. Last year the Center for Investigative Reporting wrote that between 2006 and 2010, 148 female inmates in California received tubal ligations without required state approvals. According to CIR, ...
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Aug. 21 Readers' letters: Voters deserve chance to vote again on realistic high-speed rail bond 21.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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Medical marijuana a cutthroat competition in Illinois 20.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
Medical marijuana a cutthroat competition in Illinois
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No Charges In 3 Deadly Beatings At Rikers Island, Despite Homicide Rulings 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed. What followed, according to investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press, was a quick punch back from the guard that put Ramirez on the floor. Then he was dragged away, beyond the view of security cameras, and three other guards were called in. Inmates later told investigators they heard screaming and the sickening crack of nightsticks against bone. Ramirez, 50, died of numerous blunt-impact injuries that included a ruptured spleen, shattered ribs and a stomach filled with blood. When a jail investigator interviewed the guards — eight months later — they insisted Ramirez was struck only once and only in self-defense. That July 2011 case is among three deaths in New York City's jails over the past five years in which inmates were alleged to have been fatally beaten by guards. Yet in none of those cases was anyone ever charged with a crime. "It's ...
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A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About 19.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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U.S. speeds up human clinical trials for promising Ebola vaccine 19.8.2014 L.A. Times - World News
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are accelerating human clinical trials for what scientists hope is a promising new vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus.
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