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‘Needle exchanges’ can counter drug abuse, disease, N.C. police tell Iowa legislators

A recently released report by the federal government found that needle exchange programs increased significantly over the last decade. Wochit (Photo: John Terhune/Journal & Courier) Veteran North Carolina police commanders urged Iowa legislators Tuesday to set aside drug-war attitudes and do what their state did: Legalize distribution of clean syringes and needles to people who shoot […]

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Judge Rules Insurance Company Must Cover Medical Marijuana

April 23, 2018 Judge Ingrid L. French, a state administrative law judge from New Jersey, has ruled that an Egg Harbor man’s insurance company must cover the costs of medical marijuana. This could theoretically establish a very much-needed precedent for patients. Judge French says Andrew Watson’s insurance company is obligated to cover the costs of his voter-approved medical marijuana. Watson’s case sought […]

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Missouri considers unprecedented addiction help for moms

JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that would extend Medicaid for new mothers struggling with addiction, a notable expansion for a state that did not expand Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Missouri’s Medicaid now covers substance abuse programs for about two months after a woman gives birth. The […]

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Trump Is Freaking Out About the Wrong Border: Killer Fentanyl Is Coming From Canada

While Trump raged about building a wall on the southern border, a lab in Calgary was pumping out 18,000 counterfeit OxyContin per hour. Inside the new threat north of the border. President Donald Trump has made building a wall along the southern border the backbone of his anti-drug policy to keep deadly narcotics like fentanyl from entering the country […]

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Missouri bill would give heroin addicts a safe place to use

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 8:47 AM EDTUpdated: Apr 19, 2018 10:06 AM EDT by Daniel Barnett, Digital Producer This file photo shows discarded syringes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) –A new Missouri bill aims to fight the opioid epidemic by giving drug users a “safe space.” Lawmakers are debating the incoming bill, titled, House Bill […]

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Drug Industry Wages Opioid Fight Using an Anti-Addiction Ally

Jessica Hulsey Nickel, who leads the Addiction Policy Forum, training staff and volunteers in Washington. She said the drug industry should be viewed as a partner in fighting addiction, not an adversary.CreditJustin T. Gellerson for The New York Times As Minnesota lawmakers prepared to push a proposed tax on opioid sales in November, the pharmaceutical […]

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Maker of highly addictive OxyContin says it will stop incentivizing doctors to push its deadly drugs

The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in this country, with the number of deaths quadrupling since 2000, and around 115 people dying from overdoses each day. President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency, and high schools across the country have started stocking up on the drug Narcan to try to save lives […]

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500 pounds of meth worth about $2M found in Disney figurines

500 pounds of meth worth about $2M found in Disney figurines

The DEA released this photo showing wax Disney figurines that held roughly $2 million in meth. SOURCE: DEA LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Drug Enforcement Administration said roughly $2 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside wax Disney figurines has been confiscated near Atlanta. The DEA told WSB-TV it is one of the biggest meth busts ever […]

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Cocaine Is Now Being Cut With Fentanyl Which Can Kill Users Almost Instantly

It’s fairly obvious that doing cocaine probably isn’t going to be good for you, but it turns out that it’s become even worse for you as dealers are now apparently cutting it with a drug called Fentanyl that can kill users almost instantly. Fentanyl is an ultra strong opioid painkiller that is often given to […]

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Nine Major Studies Reveal DARE Program Actually Makes Drug Problem WORSE

DARE has been around for decades, despite the fact that every single study done on the program has shown that it was ineffective at best, and counterproductive at worst. By  John Vibes In the mid-1980s when the crack epidemic was in full swing, there were a number of public programs and policies put into place that […]

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Battling drug addiction on the streets

By Malik Ahmed In 1966 as a youth activist in Harlem, New York, I became aware of and committed to join the battle against drug addiction and distribution. Becoming dedicated to this battle was both personal and immediate. Many of my childhood friends and idols – the real cool ones and some of the real […]

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HIV and Substance Use in the United States

Fast Facts Alcohol and other drugs can affect a person’s judgment and increase risk of getting or transmitting HIV. Some populations are at disproportionate risk for substance abuse and HIV. Social and structural factors make it difficult to prevent HIV among people who use substances. Substance use disorders, which are problematic patterns of using alcohol […]

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