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The Economist, 06 Dec 2014 - LOCAL HEROIN Legal Narcotics In A Liberal City THE people queuing up at the Providence Crosstown Clinic are pioneers of a sort. They are heroin addicts whose habits have resisted conventional treatment. They hope to become the first in North America to get their fixes legally as part of a treatment programme rather than just for a clinical trial. "It's heroin that you know is good," says one addict waiting outside, who aspires to join the queue.
Baltimore Sun, 04 Dec 2014 - Task Force Puts Total at 19,000, Up From 11,000, Based on National Data Baltimore officials have again adjusted the estimated number of heroin users in the city - to nearly 19,000, up from11,000. The new figure comes from a task force Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed in October to study heroin use and treatment, and is based on data from a national survey of drug use.
The Herald, 01 Dec 2014 - Drug-use confessions by those in the public eye have a lot of power to shape perceptions, writes SHONA CRAVEN While most of us are well aware of how addictions shatter families and blight communities, the addict - particularly the heroin addict - remains an unfathomable "other".
The Blade, 01 Dec 2014 - Would Make It Easier to Give Anti-Addiction Medication to Help Users U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) was in Toledo today to generate support for a bill he's co-sponsoring that would make it easier to give anti-addiction medication to help heroin users break their heroin habit.
The Georgia Straight, 27 Nov 2014 - STARTING THE WEEK of November 23, doctors will administer prescription heroin to a select group of patients in Vancouver. It will be the first time that heroin, or diacetylmorphine, is given to patients anywhere in North America outside of an academic study.
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.