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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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US MO: Violence In St. Louis Traced To Cheap Mexican Heroin

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - ST. LOUIS - Clara Walker, a mother of nine and grandmother of eight, was peering out the window of her home three years ago after hearing what she initially thought were gunshots from a television crime show. But at that moment, Anthony Jordan, who the authorities say was a gang enforcer known as "Godfather," was spraying gunfire on the street outside, and two bullets struck Ms. Walker, killing her.
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US: Heroin Yields Ground to Fentanyl, Its More Potent Killer

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Mar 2016 - LAWRENCE, Mass. - When Eddie Frasca was shooting up heroin, he occasionally sought out its more potent, lethal cousin, fentanyl. "It was like playing Russian roulette, but I didn't care," said Mr. Frasca, 30, a carpenter and barber who said he had been clean for four months. When he heard that someone had overdosed or even died from fentanyl, he would hunt down that batch.
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US CA: Column: On Heroin Users, Mayor Calls The Cops

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 24 Mar 2016 - In San Francisco, no game of NIMBY bingo is complete without a complaint of "used needles." In Chronicle columns, letters to the editor, and harrowing tales of urban living, evidence of heroin use ends up everywhere: in children's sandboxes, at Muni stops, and anywhere else people walk. For once, this problem could possibly be understated. As this column has pointed out before, it's a small wonder we aren't all swimming in discarded syringes: San Francisco is experiencing a needle boom.
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US NY: Town's Anti-Drug Plan: Safe Site To Use Heroin

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 23 Mar 2016 - ITHACA, N.Y. - Even Svante L. Myrick, the mayor of this city, thought the proposal sounded a little crazy, though it was put forth by a committee he had appointed. The plan called for establishing a site where people could legally shoot heroin - something that does not exist anywhere in the United States. "Heroin is bad, and injecting heroin is bad, so how could supervised heroin injection be a good thing?" Mr. Myrick, a Democrat, said.
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US: Building An Army On Ground To Fight Heroin Deaths

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 20 Mar 2016 - Epidemic Stretches From Coast to Coast BALTIMORE - A crowd quickly gathers here on one of West Baltimore's many drug-infested street corners. But it isn't heroin they're seeking. It's a heroin antidote known as naloxone, or Narcan.
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US: States Building a Ground Army to Fight Heroin Deaths

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:00
Lodi News-Sentinel, 19 Mar 2016 - BALTIMORE - A crowd quickly gathers here on one of West Baltimore's many drug-infested street corners. But it isn't heroin they're seeking. It's a heroin antidote known as naloxone, or Narcan. Two city health department workers are holding up slim salmon-colored boxes and explaining that the medication inside can be used to stop someone from dying of a heroin overdose. Most onlookers nod solemnly in recognition. They've heard about the drug. They want to know more.
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US FL: Panel Offers 37 Ways To Fight Heroin

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 15 Mar 2016 - As heroin-related deaths continue to spike in Central Florida, a task force of education, law-enforcement and public-health experts rolled out more than three dozen recommendations Monday to help Orange County fight the resurgence of the street drug blamed for 82 deaths last year. The group suggested equipping police and deputies with naloxone, a medicine that instantly reverses the potentially fatal effect of heroin; increasing the number of so-called "detox beds" to treat addicts; and creating a program for heroin-addicted inmates in the Orange County Jail.
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US NY: Ithaca Wants to Be First in U.S. With Heroin Facility

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 14 Mar 2016 - ITHACA, N.Y. - A bustling economy. Record-low unemployment. A ballooning heroin problem. That's how Mayor Svante Myrick describes Ithaca, where he hopes to open the nation's first safe injection facility - a place where heroin users can shoot their illegal drugs under medical supervision and without fear of arrest.
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US CT: Norwich Heroin Forum Focuses On Saving Addicts

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
The Day, 11 Mar 2016 - Norwich - If they're still breathing, there's hope. When somebody overdoses on heroin and is treated in the emergency room at The William W. Backus Hospital, they speak to an outreach worker before they leave.
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US NY: Grass-Roots Efforts Take Aim At Heroin Epidemic

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 11 Mar 2016 - Addicts' Families Form Web of Support Families of heroin and other opiate addicts started meeting last year in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda to offer each other support. Some 500 people last week packed Buffalo's North Park Theatre for a town hall-style meeting on the deadly epidemic.
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US IL: OPED: 5 Myths About Heroin

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 09 Mar 2016 - America's epidemic of heroin and prescription-pain-reliever addiction has become a major issue in the 2016 election. The epidemic is worse than ever: Deaths from overdoses of opioids - the drug category that includes heroin and prescription analgesics such as Vicodin - reached an all-time high in 2014, rising 14 percent in a single year. But because drug policy has long been a political and cultural football, myths about opioid addiction abound. Here are some of the most dangerous - and how they do harm. 1. Most heroin addiction starts with a legitimate pain prescription, and most prescription opioid misuse leads to heroin addiction.
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US WA: Penny Legate On Daughter's Heroin Death

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 08 Mar 2016 - There was a time when Penny LeGate couldn't bear to hear her own daughter's name. And yet, there she was last week, glued to her computer screen, watching as Sen. Patty Murray stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and cited LeGate's girl, Marah Williams - and her death at 19 from a heroin overdose in 2012 - in urging the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
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US: Use Of Heroin In Public View Across The U.S.

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 07 Mar 2016 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In Philadelphia last spring, a man riding a city bus at rush hour injected heroin into his hand, in full view of other passengers, including one who captured the scene on video. In Cincinnati, a woman died in January after she and her husband overdosed in their baby's room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The husband was found unconscious with a gun in his pocket, a syringe in his arm and needles strewn around the sink.
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US OH: Bill To Boost Heroin Penalties Criticized

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Feb 2016 - As seizure rates and heroin-related deaths spike in Ohio, some lawmakers want stricter punishments for drug dealers. But others argue that focusing on dealers simply perpetuates a failed 40-year-long War on Drugs policy, and it's time to focus on recovery for addicts.
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