Media Awareness Project Drug News
Updated: 2 days 17 hours ago
Globe and Mail, 22 Nov 2014 - North American first comes after more than a year of battles between doctors and federal Health Minister In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial.
Baltimore Sun, 10 Nov 2014 - Once largely relegated to Baltimore City, heroin use and its related adverse consequences are spreading to every part of the state, and an increasing number of Maryland's citizens are dying of heroin overdoses. This shift reflects national trends showing a 74 percent increase in heroin use from 2009 to 2012 and a doubling of heroin overdose rates in 28 states sampled by the Centers for Disease Control. After a sharp reduction in heroin overdose deaths from 2007 to 2010, Maryland heroin deaths have risen to mirror these increases, reaching 464 deaths in 2013. In Baltimore City, conversely, the number of heroin overdose deaths had declined from its peak in 1999 to a low of 76 in 2011 and has not risen as sharply as it has in other parts of the state. This recent statewide rise in overdose deaths appears to be driven by two factors: changes in the availability of prescription opioids and a decreasing price for heroin.
The Georgia Straight, 09 Oct 2014 - IN OCTOBER 2013, Health Canada made a regulation change that banned B.C. doctors from prescribing heroin to a small group of addicts. The federal department did that after consulting only one scientific report on the matter, according to documents released in response to a freedom-of-information request. Furthermore, that one expert's opinion is that prescription heroin, or diacetylmorphine, should remain an available treatment option.
The Times, 08 Oct 2014 - DAGGA can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, causes mental health problems and can lead to hard drug use, according to a new study. The research, conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links the use of dagga to a wide range of harmful side effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.
Boston Globe, 01 Oct 2014 - The tragic heroin overdose death of a student at UMass Amherst raised grave doubts about the risks of a policy that allowed campus police to recruit students as confidential informants. University administrators are right to suspend the program while a comprehensive review is completed. A Globe investigation revealed that UMass Amherst police officers caught the student, identified only as Logan, selling drugs on campus and recruited him to work as an undercover informant instead of suspending him from school.