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Canada: Health Canada's Prescription Heroin Ban Issued on Thin Ground

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
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.
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South Africa: Dagga Is As Addictive As Heroin

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
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.
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US MA: Editorial: Following Heroin Death, UMass Amherst Right

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
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.
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US MD: The Drug That Turned A Heroin User's Life Around

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 21 Sep 2014 - MD. Woman Says Officer Saved Her With Overdose Antidote Danielle Hall injected a quarter of her normal heroin dose the afternoon of June 29, but that day's particularly potent batch was strong enough to shut her body down.
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Mexico: Decriminalize, Regulate Heroin, Cocaine, Commission

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 09 Sep 2014 - Report Recommends Treating Drug Abuse as Public-Health Problem MEXICO CITY--A commission composed mostly of former world leaders will recommend Tuesday that governments move beyond legalizing marijuana and decriminalize and regulate the use of most other illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine.
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US WA: Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Snohomish County Tribune, 27 Aug 2014 - Heroin, The Local Scourge, Leaves Families Reeling With Pain SNOHOMISH -- People in the room shifted uncomfortably as the mothers of heroin addicts poured out tears and stories at a recent public forum.
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US PA: OPED: Growing Heroin, Opioid Epidemic Demands Action

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00
The News-Item, 26 Aug 2014 - Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by an astounding 570 percent, rising from 2.7 to 15.4 per thousand over the last two decades. Nationally, more people aged 25 to 64 are dying from heroin overdoses than in vehicle crashes.
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