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US CA: Column: Kids, Cartels, And Heroin

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 19 May 2016 - Just after noon on May 3, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stood in front of a well-dressed crowd at the Commonwealth Club - an "unusual coalition" of Republicans, doctors, environmentalists, and former cops, as one member put it - talking at length about marijuana. Specifically, the still-magnetic former San Francisco mayor and likely frontrunner for governor in 2018 railed about how much he hates the stuff.
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US IL: Heroin Deaths: Tragedy or Murder?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 15 May 2016 - Authorities Are Filing More Drug-Induced Homicide Charges, but Complex Cases Show It's Hard to Decide Whether Offenders Deserve Prison or Treatment When police and paramedics arrived at her aunt's apartment in Carol Stream, Adrianna Diana told them she and her friend Christopher Houdek had cooked and shot up heroin the night before.
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Canada: Health Canada Overturns Ban On Medical Heroin

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 May 2016 - Health Canada has moved to allow doctors to apply for special access to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to severe addicts, which would overturn a ban imposed by the previous Conservative government. The federal department said in a statement issued on Friday that a "significant body of evidence" supports the medical use of diacetylmorphine, also known as pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
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CN AB: Cleanup of 'Heroin Island' Imminent: Councillor

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 11 May 2016 - The city and province appear to have gotten the point about the needle-littered expanse dubbed "heroin island." Three weeks after Calgary mom Jasmine Van Dyk raised the alarm about a trove of used needles and trash strewn over a small island on the Bow River in the northwest neighbourhood of Montgomery, the area councillor says efforts are underway to clean up the potentially dangerous mess.
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US OH: Dealing With Heroin

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 10 May 2016 - Detective Discusses Epidemic During Senior Coffee Hour Waging a war on drugs in Lorain County hasn't been an easy task and there's still plenty of work to be done, according to Detective Gregg Mehling with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force.
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US: Supervised Safe Havens For Heroin Use Get Serious Look

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 10 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Sanctioned Heroin Sites Considered

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 May 2016 - Users Could Get Quick Overdose Treatments Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Idea of State-Run 'Safe Houses' For Heroin Users Gaining

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Heroin Shoot-Up Rooms Proposed

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Commercial Appeal, 09 May 2016 - Federal Law Prohibits Sites That Would Give Supervision, Antidote Across the United States, users of heroin and other drugs have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Heroin Havens

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 09 May 2016 - Once Unthinkable in US, Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US MA: Heroin, Prescription Opioids Form Especially Toxic Mix

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 02 May 2016 - The Massachusetts heroin epidemic is unlike any other in the United States. The overdose rate in the state is more than twice the national average. And deaths from prescription opioids like OxyContin are only slightly less harrowing. Unusual, too, is the degree to which these two scourges are feeding off each other. A substantial and spiking number of overdoses in Massachusetts involves both heroin and prescription drugs, something you rarely find elsewhere in the United States.
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US FL: OPED: Obama Must Do More To Fight Heroin

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr 2016 - President Obama's administration has missed opportunities to stem the opioid overdose crisis, and therefore it's no great surprise that heroin overdose deaths have tripled since 2010. The administration dragged its feet on requiring mental health and addiction treatment to have the same insurance coverage as physical ailments; inexplicably, it took five years to write the federal regulations needed to implement the 2008MentalHealth Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Many insurance plans still ignore the need for parity, studies show. The administration is only this month finalizing rules to implement parity for mental health and addiction treatment in Medicaid...
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US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Heroin Addiction?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 27 Apr 2016 - Concord, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates. Some are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
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US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller, Heroin Addiction?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 27 Apr 2016 - Idea Intrigues Doctors and Lawmakers in States Hit Hard by Addiction CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
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US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller and Heroin Addiction?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 27 Apr 2016 - CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers. It's a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis, with a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction.
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UK: Police Chief Who'd Legalise Heroin Is Given Top Job

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
Daily Mail, 16 Apr 2016 - A CHIEF constable who wants to legalise drugs has been charged with overseeing how officers tackle the menace nationwide. Mike Barton believes some Class A and B drugs should be made legal and, in some cases, handed out for free to addicts.
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CN BC: Drug Trial Spurs Hope for Heroin Treatment's Viability

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Apr 2016 - People with chronic heroin addiction may soon have another treatment option after the conclusion of a groundbreaking study in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The four-year Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME), led by principal investigator Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, examined whether hydromorphone, a licensed pain medication, is as effective in treating a chronic heroin addiction as diacetylmorphine, also known as pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
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Afghanistan: Violence and Corruption in the World's Heroin

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Apr 2016 - LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghans have an expression: "Well, whatever has happened, we are still skinny." In other words, they have not gotten rich yet, try as they might. It is an expression heard often here in Helmand Province, the southwestern region that is the world capital of opium and heroin production. Afghanistan accounts for 90 percent of the world's heroin; more than two-thirds of that comes from Helmand's opium poppies, according to United Nations figures.
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US WA: Seattle Ponders Safe Haven for Heroin, Other Drug Use

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 05 Apr 2016 - Safety Push Local officials are showing interest in making Seattle the first U.S. city to offer a medically supervised site for drug use, which advocates say could reduce overdose deaths, disease transmission and discarded needles on the ground.
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US DC: In Md., Heroin Won't Be Ignored

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 04 Apr 2016 - Advocates Say Addicts Need Long-Term Care Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the Democratic-controlled legislature are weighing options for tackling the fast-growing heroin epidemic that has taken root across the state and throughout the country.
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