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US KY: Eastern Kentucky Gets Federal Grant For Hal Rogers Program To

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 20 Jan 2017 - A partnership that's working to fight drug addiction in eastern Kentucky has received a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Republican Rep. Hal Rogers announced Thursday. Operation UNITE, which operates in 32 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky, was founded in 2003 by Rogers to deal with what was at the time primarily an epidemic of addiction to prescription painkillers.

CN ON: St. Clair Twp. Takes Aim At Medical-Pot Producers

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
The Observer, 18 Jan 2017 - Public meeting on medical-marijuana production zoning scheduled Feb. 6 St. Clair Township is moving to restrict where medical marijuana producers can set up shop in the municipality. A 6:45 p.m. public meeting is planned for council chambers in Mooretown on Feb. 6 to gather input on a proposal to change the township's official plan, restricting licenced medical marijuana production sites to industrial-zoned areas.

US OH: Town Center To Train For Using Naloxone

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
The Blade, 19 Jan 2017 - The Town Center at Levis Commons, a retail center off State Rt. 25 in Perrysburg, said Wednesday it will train some of its security, cleaning, and management staff to administer a life-saving drug used to counteract opiate overdoses. The center said it was important to acknowledge the heroin problem with training about a drug that can halt the affects of an opiate overdose.

US NY: Editorial: Senseless Limits On Marijuana Research

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
New York Times, 17 Jan 2017 - Even as more and more states allow their residents to use marijuana, the federal government is continuing to obstruct scientists from studying whether the drug is good or bad for people's health. A report published last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine points out that scientists who want to study cannabis have to seek approvals from federal, state and local agencies and depend on just one lab, at the University of Mississippi, for samples. As a result, far too little is known about the health effects of a substance that 28 states have decided can be used as medicine and eight states and the District of Columbia have approved for recreational use.

US WI: Editorial: Marijuana's Medical Benefits Can't Be Ignored

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
Leader-Telegram, 19 Jan 2017 - Medical marijuana use should be legal in Wisconsin. Twenty-eight states -- Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Ohio joined in November -- and the District of Columbia allow for such use. California was the first to legalize medical marijuana 11 years ago.

US MA: Walgreens Agrees To Better Monitor Opioid Dispensing

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] A Walgreens in Boston. An investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey found that some Walgreens pharmacies failed to monitor patients' drug use patterns and didn't use sound professional judgment when dispensing opioids and other controlled substances - a concern because of soaring overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

US IL: Traveling To Denver For Pot Clubs? Rules Are Still Up In The

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. Denver is starting work on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places like restaurants, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure last November. (Brennan Linsley / AP) Denver has started work on the nation's first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver:

US CA: City Devastated By Oxycontin Use Sues Purdue Pharma, Claims

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] A bottle of Oxycontin pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times) A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkillers' manufacturer Thursday, alleging the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community.

US NY: 19 Deaths In 19 Days In Suspected Opiate Overdoses

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 19 Jan 2017 - Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took aggressive steps, including promotion of the widespread use of the opiate antidote Naloxone.

US PA: Philly Cops Meet With Pot Smokers To Plan A Bust But Don't

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] Chris Goldstein, right, shakes hands with police top brass after meeting at La Colombe to discuss his planned "smoke-in" protest on Friday in Rittenhouse Square. (Julia Terruso / Staff) Members of the Philadelphia Police Department's top brass met with marijuana activists Thursday to hash out how pot citations will be issued at a protest planned for Friday.

US TX: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

Philippines: Duterte Lashes Out At Catholic Priests

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Philippine Star, 18 Jan 2017 - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte shows documents containing the names of politicians, judges, and law enforcers involved in illegal drugs during his visit to Camp Tecson in Bulacan. (PPD/King Rodriguez) CABANATUAN CITY - How can the Catholic clergy understand the seriousness of the drug problem? They should try shabu.

Philippines: Defending The Drug War, Duterte Chastises Bishops

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
Philippine Star, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] In this Nov. 26, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his keynote address during the San Beda College of Law Alumni Homecoming at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City. (PPD/King Rodriguez) MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday dug up old controversies including the so-called Pajero scandal and clergy sexual abuse in his latest tirade against the Catholic Church, which has been raising concerns over the spate of killings linked to his war on drugs.

US SC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:00
The State, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

US NJ: Christie Signs Executive Order Declaring Opioid Addiction A

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Gov. Chris Christie led a roundtable discussion at Integrity House in Newark, following the signing of an executive order declaring opoid addiction a public health crisis. At right, Integrity House President Robert Budsock. At left is Vanessa, an Integrity House program graduate.(Photo: Dale Mincey / NorthJersey) NEWARK -- In front of a small group of recovering addicts, Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order on Tuesday declaring the opioid addiction problem in New Jersey a public health crisis.

US NJ: Stile: Christie's New War On Drugs A Bid For Redemption

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Christie's attorney asked for the dismissal of a probable cause finding on an official misconduct complaint over the George Washington Bridge lane closures.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey) Chris Christie plunged himself into the center of a crisis on Tuesday. It's a place where he's comfortable and often compelling.

US NJ: Christie Bracing For Fight On Drug Insurance Changes

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address on Tuesday.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey) As he composed a lengthy State of the State speech dedicated to battling New Jersey's heroin and opiate crisis, Governor Christie said he was intent on including one component that will not only challenge lawmakers in Trenton, but drastically alter the health care industry around the state.

US TN: Knoxville Pd Seeks Federal Grant To Combat Opioid Overdoses

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - The Knoxville Police Department is seeking a federal grant to bring a research-based approach to countering opioid abuse. Judy Jenkins keeps her medication in a bucket stored in a pantry instead of the medicine cabinet.(Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean)

US TN: Brentwood To Take Part In Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - Federal officials have said they want to work with Tennessee to curb the opioid epidemic.(Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto) If you're looking for a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, head over to the Brentwood Municipal Center on April 30.

US KY: I've Seen Opioid Crisis As A Cop. Living It As A Patient Is

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 17 Jan 2017 - A year ago, I woke in the night with pain so severe I was crying before I was fully aware what was going on. A 50-year-old cop sobbed like a child in the dark. It was a ruptured disc and related nerve damage. Within a couple of months, it became so severe that I could no longer walk or stand. An MRI later, my surgeon soothingly told me it would all be OK. A nurse practitioner handed me a prescription for painkillers -- 180 tablets, 90 each of oxycodone and hydrocodone. I already knew how easily opioid addiction could destroy a life. I'd arrested addicts and helped people suffering from substance abuse. So as soon as I could, I weaned myself off the medication. Still, I fell into the trap when my pain returned months later, and I started taking the pills again.

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