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The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2017 Our Global Overview series monitors the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue. Since being launched in 2007, Harm Reduction International’s death penalty work has been the leading global resource on the issue of the death penalty […]

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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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An Uncle’s Overdose Spurs Medicaid Official To Change Course

The revelation that a favorite uncle had died from a long-hidden drug habit shook Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky to his core. Last month Ostrovksy quit his job as Medicaid’s chief medical officer and joined a group that’s working to dispel the shame of addiction. Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky’s family did not discuss what killed his uncle in […]

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What if You Have to Deal with Legal Problems in Your First Year of Recovery?

If you are like many of us who found ourselves on the wrong side of the law in our addiction, you may be wondering how you will ever dig yourself out of the legal hole. Problems didn’t seem like a big deal when we were using, but now that we’re clean and sober, they can […]

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Should You Force a Person into Addiction Treatment in Ohio?

When faced with an addicted friend or loved one, those who want to help can find themselves at a difficult crossroads. How can you compel this person to get help without alienating him or her completely? This is especially challenging when the person has already caused themselves or others harm — such as the alcoholic […]

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Genome Culture: Genetic Testing for Susceptibility to Opioid Addiction Is a Risky Business

New tests marketed as a solution to the opioid epidemic are dubious at best. Genetics professionals are skeptical about many tests that claim to predict complicated, genetically-mediated outcomes like what sport your child will excel at or which common illness is most likely to kill you in the end. There’s broad agreement that some tests […]

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Jessie’s Law to be passed as part of omnibus bill

Posted: Thu 5:11 PM, Mar 22, 2018  |  Updated: Thu 5:13 PM, Mar 22, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) — A law that was just included in the omnibus bill will ensure that doctors are aware of the previous opioid addictions of patients. Jessie’s Law is named after West Virginia native Jessie Grubb, who battled opioid addiction for seven years […]

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How Patient Brokering is Ruining the Addiction Treatment Industry

Patient brokering is ruining the addiction treatment industry, even though many people have not even heard of the practice. If that is the case, take the time to read through this post to understand how patient brokering works, what to look for, and what the alternatives to this approach are. While there may be laws […]

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Decriminalising drugs is not just talk – meet the countries actually experimenting with it

Faced with a mountain of human rights abuses caused by criminalising people who use drugs, some states are turning their backs on punitive approaches. But where can they turn to? 

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Norway’s Parliament Votes To Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs, Second Country After Portugal

Swiping a crucial chapter out of the good book of Portuguese drug policy, the Norwegians have stood up in favor of decriminalizing all illegal substances. The overall goal behind this newfound, common sense approach to dealing with the darkness of these addict days, is to replenish the soul of civil society by helping drug users […]

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The Failed War on Drugs

The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a result, it became a war on supply. As first […]

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The Opioid Epidemic in America

  Currently, the United States is dealing with one of the biggest health crisis it’s ever faced: opioid use and addiction. The sheer scale of this epidemic is hard to swallow, with over 64,000 lives claimed by it just last year. The problem has eclipsed it just being a public health risk, as it is […]

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