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CN BC: Liberal MP Seeks A Frank Debate On Legal Heroin

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 09 Feb 2017 - Vancouver's Hedy Fry differs from the prime minister on where the national dialogue on fentanyl should go In 1999, Dr. Hedy Fry flew to Switzerland to learn about how the European country had responded to a surge in drug-overdose deaths.
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US MD: Hogan, Rutherford Announce Heroin Initiatives For 2017

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan 2017 - Governor Hogan announces heroin crisis initiatives Governor Larry Hogan announces a number of new initiatives to combat the statewide heroin crisis at a press conference at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. (Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette)
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US NJ: Wayne Police: Woman's Heroin Stamped 'Suicide Squad'

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 18 Jan 2017 - [Name redacted] of Denville, was charged by Wayne police with possession of heroin.(Photo: Courtesy of Wayne Police) [Name redacted], 26, of Denville was arrested and charged with possession of 39 bags of heroin, among other charges, on Jan. 4.
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US CT: Strung Out At 4 A.M.: Emergency Room Doctors Treating Heroin

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Hartford Courant, 15 Jan 2017 - At four in the morning, the hospital's emergency department lights fluoresce directly into your brain. Everyone, everything looks green, especially the midnight heroin users. They are always shivering. Partly the withdrawal, partly the cold, damp Connecticut weather. They tend not to have proper jackets. On a stretcher in the hallway, a 25-year-old "opioid withdrawal" is curled up with three hospital blankets pulled over his head. I gently shake his leg, but nothing is really gentle here. I introduce myself and whisper a question about what brought him in. No response.
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US MI: Sisters, 16 And 20, Overdose On Heroin In Beverly Hills

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 08:00
Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan 2017 - Over a 12-hour period in Beverly Hills, two sisters and a boyfriend of one of the them were rushed to the hospital after accidentally overdosing on heroin. Police say all three are lucky to be alive.
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US WV: This Drug Dealer's Heroin Was So Powerful That It Led To 26

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:00
Washington Post, 12 Jan 2017 - The man responsible for more than two dozen heroin overdoses -- which all occurred in one day in a state deemed the ground zero for the opioid epidemic -- faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday to distribution of heroin, about six months after 26 people overdosed in Huntington, a city in the southwest corner of West Virginia. The 911 calls came within hours of one another, the majority of which concerned overdoses in and around one apartment complex.
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US PA: Part-time Donora Police Officer Charged With Stealing Heroin

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 Jan 2017 - A part-time Donora police officer has been arrested for stealing 133 stamp bags of heroin that were seized as evidence after the execution of a search warrant. James B. Johnson V, 29, of Monongahela, was charged Tuesday with several drug offenses, theft, obstruction, tampering and misapplication of entrusted property.
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US NJ: Former Heroin Addict Inspires Christie's Reform Efforts

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - Six months ago, AJ Solomon visited Gov. Chris Christie at the State House to apologize for using heroin while a member of the governor's advance team. [photo] Governor Chris Christie told the story of AJ Solomon, a recovering heroin addict, to illustrate his focus on combating drug addiction in New Jersey. Here, the Governor hugs Solomon as he exits after the address.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com)
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US NJ: N.J. Gets $1.3m Grant To Fight Heroin Addiction And

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - New Jersey will receive a $1.3 million grant to target the heroin trade and illegal prescription drug activity as law enforcement and legislators team up to lower rates of addiction and overdoses, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced Thursday. [photo] A grant from the U.S. Justice Department would target the heroin trade and misuse of prescription drugs.(Photo: RECORD FILE PHOTO)
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US NJ: Heroin Busts Come With An Offer Of Detox To Help Break Cycle

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - One is a former nurse. Another used to be in law enforcement. There were a recruiter and a graphic designer. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino at the press conference on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
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US PA: Havertown Couple Who Lost Fathers To Heroin Now Mourn Friend

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 11 Jan 2017 - [photo] (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer) William McMonigle and Amy Zaccario of Havertown, who both lost their fathers to heroin overdoses in Philadelphia, are now planning the funeral of their best friend, Sean Jimenez, who died of a heroin overdose in Kensington on Monday. At home in Jenkintown, Sean Jimenez had a decent job, a woman who loved him, and two young sons who bore a striking resemblance to Dennis the Menace, just as he did when he was little.
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US: How An `Abuse-Deterrent' Drug Created The Heroin Epidemic

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Washington Post, 10 Jan 2017 - The reformulation of the powerful painkiller OxyContin in 2010 is the chief driver of the explosion in heroin overdose deaths in subsequent years, according to a new working paper from researchers at the RAND Corp. and the Wharton School. OxyContin, released by Purdue Pharma in 1996, is a powerful extended-release opioid designed to provide 12-hour relief to patients suffering from severe pain. The original formulation was particularly prone to abuse, as drug users found that they could crush the pills and chew, snort or inject them in order to deliver 12 hours of powerful painkiller dosage all at once.
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US KY: Nine Heroin Overdoses Reported In 24 Hours In Jessamine

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 10 Jan 2017 - 'It's A Mess.' Nicholasville experienced a surge in heroin overdoses Monday and Tuesday, said Aaron Stamper, chief of Jessamine County Emergency Services. "It's a mess right now," Stamper said shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We've had five overdoses in the last eight hours, and I think in the last 24 hours, we've had nine overdoses."
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US MD: A Federal Prosecutor Takes On The Heroin Scourge That Claimed

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 Jan 2017 - [photo] Bruce Brandler is chief federal law enforcement officer for a sprawling judicial district that covers half of Pennsylvania. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press) The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape.
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US PA: Newall: When Will Someone Clean Up Philly's Heroin Camp?

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Jan 2017 - Charito Morales, a registered nurse and advocate, leads a group through "El Campamento," a camp of homeless drug users under a railroad bridge in Fairhill. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer) Mike Newall has been writing for the Inquirer since 2010. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he has been writing about Philadelphia crime, courts, politics, and neighborhoods since 2003. Before joining the Inquirer, he was a staff writer and columnist for Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and dog.
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US PA: Scientists Say They Can Make A Vaccine Against Heroin

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Jan 2017 - It's an uphill battle [photo] (John Dole / Scripps Research Institute) Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute is shown in front of a board that depicts molecule drawings of heroin and cocaine, with the structures of vaccines that potentially could target those two drugs shown beneath.
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US PA: Richland Woman Dies Of Heroin Od With 3-year-old Son In

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 05 Jan 2017 - A Richland woman died Wednesday in her apartment from a suspected heroin overdose, leaving her 3-year-old son alone in the residence until police found him. The woman was identified as Lauren Wilson, 34, of Thomas Village in the 5600 block of Community Center Drive.
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US OH: Kasich Signs Bills To Fight Heroin Epidemic

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
The Blade, 04 Jan 2017 - COLUMBUS - Gov. John Kasich today signed another bill targeting Ohio's opiate and heroin epidemic. In 2015, Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Senate Bill 319, sponsored by Sen. John Eklund (R., Chardon), expands access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to entities such as homeless shelters, halfway houses, schools, and treatment centers that deal with populations at high risk of heroin overdose. It also offers civil immunity to law enforcement officers who carry and use naloxone.
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US MD: Two Kilos Of Heroin Seized, Virginia Man Arrested In Harford

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 03 Jan 2017 - [photo] Police in Harford County seized two kilos of heroin during a traffic stop in Havre de Grace on Thursday, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. A Virginia man faces multiple drug possession and distribution charges. (Harford County Sheriff's Office / Baltimore Sun) Police in Harford County seized two kilograms of heroin and arrested a Portsmouth, Va., man on drug charges, during a traffic stop in Havre de Grace, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.
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US NY: Council Candidate Slams Possibility Of Heroin Injection

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 08:00
New York Post, 01 Jan 2017 - A Brooklyn Republican who has his sights set on a City Council seat slammed the lawmaking body Sunday for bankrolling a feasibility study on whether to open injection facilities for heroin addicts. "It's basically a taxpayer-funded shooting gallery for heroin junkies to allow them to legally shoot up," Bob Capano told John Catsimatidis on his 970 AM talk show Sunday.
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