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Colorado medical pot law poised to add PTSD as qualifier 22.9.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Marijuana pioneer Colorado is poised to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program, joining 18 other states that consider PTSD a condition treatable by pot.
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Most Colorado voters say legal weed has been good for the economy 21.9.2016 Washington Post
Most Colorado voters say legal weed has been good for the economy
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FDA asks coders to create an app that matches opioid overdose victims with lifesaving rescue drug 20.9.2016 LA Times: Science

In a bid to stanch the death toll of the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could quickly bring lifesaving medication to the rescue of a person in the throes of a potentially deadly overdose.

The FDA on Monday...

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Drugs Kill More People Than Cars or Guns 19.9.2016 Mother Jones
Each year, more than 40,000 Americans die from drug overdoses. That's on par with the annual death toll from HIV/AIDS at the peak of the US epidemic, in the late '80s and early '90s, and far more than are killed each year from car accidents or gun violence. More than half of those overdose deaths involved opioids, a class of drugs including heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, and fentanyl. So dire is the epidemic of opioid addiction that it inspired a rare moment of political bipartisanship earlier this year, when Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to increase accessibility to addiction medications and the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Democrats tried to include $920 million in treatment funding, but Republicans blocked the move, saying they would address the issue during the appropriations process this fall. So what exactly is at stake? Here's a quick primer on the scope of the epidemic—and what it will take to fix it: What are opioids? Opioids are compounds that bind to the brain's ...
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Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis 18.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling […]
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Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis 18.9.2016 AP National
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction....
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Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests 18.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests.  In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health  analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids. “We would expect the adverse consequences of opioid use to decrease over time in states where medical marijuana use is legal, as individuals substitute marijuana for opioids in the treatment of severe or chronic pain,” lead author June H. Kim, a doctoral student at Mailman, said in a statement. The study, published Thursday in the  American Journal of Public Health , is among the first to look at the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use. Medical marijuana laws, the authors concluded, are “ associated with reductions in ...
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It's time to legalize and regulate marijuana in California. Yes on Proposition 64. 17.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Six years ago California voters were asked to make recreational marijuana legal under state law and they declined to do so. But the close decision — 46% voted “yes” on Proposition 19 — suggested that the battle was not yet over. At that time, The Times opposed Proposition 19 not because legalization...

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Confirming Big Pharma Fears, Study Suggests Medical Marijuana Laws Decrease Opioid Use 16.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

It is of little wonder that Big Pharma has been exposed actively undermining efforts to legalize marijuana, after new research on Thursday found a drop in the use of opioid painkillers in that states that allow people to treat pain with good, ol' Mary Jane.

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The DEA Didn't Talk To Kratom Users Before Pushing A Ban. Here's What They Would've Said. 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, Darvocet.” Deanna McNair, 36, pauses before ticking off the rest of the drugs she’s been prescribed for pain following a series of car accidents and subsequent surgeries. “Percocet, Opana, Norco, methadone,” she continues. “Not all at the same time, of course.” Then there are the muscle relaxers, antidepressants and medications McNair had to take just to treat the side effects of her other prescriptions. The panoply of pharmaceuticals was a necessity for McNair. Over a period of 13 years, she underwent five lumbar surgeries and one cervical surgery. Three vertebrae in her lower back are now fused, as is one in her neck. “The drugs helped with the pain, but not with getting back to life,” McNair said. “They make you loopy, they make you tired, they make you nod out when you’re taking them.” The prescription regimen left McNair unable to drive. She could no longer focus in class, so she put her education on hold. Despite being dependent on opioids for pain relief, McNair ...
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Doctors test drones to speed up delivery of lab tests 13.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Doctors, hospitals and entrepreneurs say drones could become a faster, cheaper way to deliver medical tests. But there are a lot of details to be worked out before your blood test hits the runway.
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As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain 13.9.2016 NPR News
Studies suggest that smoking heavily in adolescence may affect brain function in adulthood, but there's a dearth of hard evidence for voters contemplating pot's long-term effects.
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California's history with recreational marijuana - and why this time may be different 13.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

On Nov. 8, California voters will have the opportunity to legalize recreational use of marijuana. It won't be the first time.

We've put together a timeline of the Golden State's history with cannabis, which stretches back more than a century to the Poison Act of 1907.

1913: Addendum to the Poison...

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Kratom Advocates Speak Out Against Proposed Government Ban 13.9.2016 NPR News
The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on a plant that it says is involved in a number of deaths. Advocates say kratom can help treat opioid addiction, which is a far bigger hazard.
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Insurance Data Show A Surge In Spending On Opioid Treatment And Testing 12.9.2016 NPR News
An analysis of insurance company payments, finds that emergency room visits and lab tests were responsible for much of the overall spending related to treatment and testing for opioid use.
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This is what the heroin epidemic looks like to a 4-year-old 12.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
If two photos could capture the intensity of the heroin epidemic in America at the moment, these are the ones.
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Elephant tranquilizer blamed for deaths 11.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Carfentanil, a sedative for large animals, was the cause of at least eight overdose deaths in the Cincinnati area, said Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco on Tuesday.
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Seriously 'Sinister' Big Pharma: Opioid Maker Bankrolls Opposition to Pro-Pot Referendum 10.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

It has been revealed that the maker of a powerful, addictive opioid drug is bankrolling the opposition to the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use in Arizona.

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D.C. lets some people with outstanding warrants do a ‘Safe Surrender’ at court 10.9.2016 Washington Post
D.C. lets some people with outstanding warrants do a ‘Safe Surrender’ at court
More Americans Misused Painkillers Last Year Than Live in New York City 10.9.2016 Mother Jones
Last year, nearly half of the US population used a prescription pain reliever, stimulant, sedative, or tranquilizer, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). One in 14 Americans older than 11 misused or abused the drugs; 1 in 21 misused painkillers. The high numbers may help explain why drug overdoses now kill more people each year than car accidents or gun violence. National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA Based on responses to 68,000 surveys, the report examined the use of psychotherapeutic drugs, including pain relievers (like Vicodin, OxyContin, or Percocet), tranquilizers (Zanax, Soma), stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin), and sedatives (Ambien, Lunesta). Prescription painkillers, which fuel the ongoing opioid epidemic , appeared in particularly high numbers. About 5 percent of those older than 11 had misused the medication—meaning they took a medication that wasn't theirs or used a prescription for the wrong purpose. Most of them got ...
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