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1 US NY: In School Nurses Room: Tylenol, Bandages And An Antidote ToWed, 29 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Harris, Elizabeth A. Area:New York Lines:152 Added:03/29/2017

At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse's office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains.

Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse's office, including in its elementary schools.

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2US NY: Make Medical Marijuana Accessible To Patients, Advocate SaysSat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Journal News, The (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2017

[photo] Kate Hintz of North Salem, with her daughter, Morgan Jones, diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. Hintz, director of Compassionate Care New York, says the state must expand access with more dispensaries.(Photo: COURTESY/Jennifer Tonetti Spellman.)

The problems with New York's medical marijuana program are well documented.

From the day the Compassionate Care Act was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, patient advocates knew that the law -- a compromise born of a nearly 20 year struggle -- was seriously flawed.

Those flaws are numerous, and they all work against patients: a very limited number of eligible conditions, restricting patient certification only to physicians, severely restricting the number of producers and dispensaries, limiting to five the number of products a company could sell, and prohibiting forms of the medicine that have proved popular and effective in other states.

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3 US NY: 'Mom Guilt' Is Here To Stay -- But LSD Isn't The Only AnswerTue, 24 Jan 2017
Source:New York Post (NY) Author:Riley, Naomi Schaefer Area:New York Lines:94 Added:01/24/2017

Mom guilt is here to stay. The stress of trying to be a calm, nurturing parent while also trying to keep our jobs, stay on top of school notices and remain married isn't going away. Not to mention the feeling that we're doing none of them particularly well.

But that won't stop some people from trying anything. Author Ayelet Waldman, for instance, tried LSD. In her new book, "A Really Good Day," she documents her experiment with "microdosing," taking very small quantities of LSD -- enough to make you calmer, more aware of your environment, more able to focus on your work, but without all those wacky hallucinations.

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4US NY: Carlucci: Opioid Deaths Rising In RocklandThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Journal News, The (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

[photo] The state senator wants more drug disposal sites and access to medication to treat addiction.

NEW CITY - Opioid deaths, including fatal heroin overdoses, are on the rise in Rockland County, where state Sen. David Carlucci is pushing a pair of proposals to help addicts.

There were 37 opioid deaths in Rockland last year, up from 25 in 2015, according to a report from the Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office.

That's compared to 36 opioid deaths in total between 2003 and 2009 in Rockland, according to Carlucci's office.

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5 US NY: Editorial: Senseless Limits On Marijuana ResearchTue, 17 Jan 2017
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:68 Added:01/20/2017

Even as more and more states allow their residents to use marijuana, the federal government is continuing to obstruct scientists from studying whether the drug is good or bad for people's health.

A report published last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine points out that scientists who want to study cannabis have to seek approvals from federal, state and local agencies and depend on just one lab, at the University of Mississippi, for samples. As a result, far too little is known about the health effects of a substance that 28 states have decided can be used as medicine and eight states and the District of Columbia have approved for recreational use.

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6 US NY: 19 Deaths In 19 Days In Suspected Opiate OverdosesThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Buffalo News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:109 Added:01/19/2017

Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017.

It could be worse. Last year started more deadly.

During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took aggressive steps, including promotion of the widespread use of the opiate antidote Naloxone.

By year's end, 247 people had died in confirmed overdoses, with 77 more suspected deaths, officials said Thursday.

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7 US NY: Women Are More Susceptible To Cocaine Addiction: StudySat, 14 Jan 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:New York Lines:68 Added:01/15/2017

Women can blame their cocaine addictions on their biology, according to a new study that claims that ladies are more susceptible to the drug's addictive qualities.

Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, specifically spikes in estrogen, intensify the drug's pleasurable effects, according to researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on The Upper East Side.

"Our study will change the way we think about addiction research to emphasize the need to further understand female subjects, as most research on addiction has been conducted in male subjects," the study's lead author, Dr. Erin Calipari, said in a statement.

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8 US NY: Pot Grower Serving 20 Years Seeks Clemency From ObamaSun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Buffalo News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:173 Added:01/15/2017

Joseph Tigano III is spending 20 years in prison for growing marijuana.

He grew a lot of it. No one disputes that. And this was his second felony conviction. So no one, not even Tigano's lawyers, suggests the Cattaraugus County man should go unpunished.

But 20 years?

Even the federal judge who sentenced Tigano in 2015 thought it was too heavy a price to pay.

"It is much greater than necessary," U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford said at the time, "but I do not have a choice."

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9US NY: Cuomo Proposes Decriminalizing MarijuanaThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY) Author:Spector, Joseph Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making another pitch for the state to decriminalize possession of some marijuana.

Cuomo quietly included the proposal in a 380-page State of the State message that he provided late Wednesday to the state Legislature.

"The illegal sale of marijuana cannot and will not be tolerated in New York state, but data consistently show that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety," is on Page 191 of Cuomo's message.

The idea will again stoke a debate in Albany after the issue gained prominence in 2012 -- when the Democratic governor first made the push to decriminalize possession of marijuana.

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10US NY: Expedited Medical Marijuana Bill On Cuomo's Desk - Vote Up!Thu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

A bill that would expedite patients' access to medical marijuana has been sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.

Cuomo will have until Nov. 11 to either sign or veto the bill, which the state Legislature passed in late June.

The Medical Marijuana Expedited Access bill comes after a state medical-marijuana program was passed in 2014 and is set to be up and running by January. It allows for medical marijuana in non-smokeable forms for patients suffering from severe illnesses, particularly children is chronic epilepsy.

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11US NY: NY Wants To Double Medical Marijuana GrowersWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Journal News, The (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

ALBANY -- State regulators want to double the number of companies growing and selling medical marijuana in New York to keep pace with patient demand.

The state Department of Health issued a report this week with 12 recommendations to improve the state's medical marijuana program, which launched in January and has faced criticism from patient advocates who say there are too many barriers to getting the drug.

Among them were proposals to increase the number of marijuana companies who can operate in New York from five to 10, which would increase the number of allowed dispensaries in New York from 20 to 40.

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12 US NY: Council Candidate Slams Possibility Of Heroin InjectionSun, 01 Jan 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:New York Lines:43 Added:01/05/2017

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.

"Any funds spent on this issue should be focused on breaking the addicts' dependency on drugs, not taking a step that basically decriminalizes the use of heroin."

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13 US NY: Editorial: Recent Advances Represent Only A Start In TheTue, 03 Jan 2017
Source:Buffalo News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:80 Added:01/03/2017

The opioid epidemic ripping throughout the nation and our own backyard will not be stopped without the multi-pronged approach that is thankfully occurring on all levels of government.

Local, state and national leaders have stepped up to provide assistance. Police, fire departments, ambulance crews, hospital staffs and others are on the front lines of this fight.

Last month proved deadly in Erie County, with public officials reporting at least 42 suspected opioid overdose deaths, half of them since Dec. 19 and six alone on Dec. 27.

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14 US NY: $260m 'Cocaine Cowboy' Put His Whole Life On Social MediaFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:New York Lines:77 Added:12/31/2016

Helicopter rides, a Cobra sports car and a bikini model girlfriend were all part of the glamorous life caught on Instagram of one of the alleged members of Australia's largest cocaine cartel.

Tattooed muscleman Darren Mohr's glittering lifestyle, which he documented on social media, shows him sunning himself in exclusive locations, flying around in a helicopter, at a yacht club during the Monaco Grand Prix, and posing with luxury cars, his girlfriend and his pet dog and macaw.

But Mohr's high life all came to an end Tuesday when the 42-year-old was arrested and handcuffed on a footpath in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

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15US NY: New NY Laws: Battling Heroin, Increasing Minimum WageFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Journal News, The (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2016

A new year brings new laws in New York, including stronger treatment options for opioid addiction and increasing the state's minimum wage.

New York's minimum wage increases Dec. 31, 2016.

ALBANY -- A new year brings new laws in New York, including stronger treatment options for opioid addiction and increasing the state's minimum wage.

Many of the state's new laws each year are pegged to the start of the calendar year, and in the case of the higher minimum wage, it starts Saturday, Dec. 31.

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16 US NY: Lost lives: Faces Of The Opioid EpidemicFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:116 Added:12/30/2016

Several dozen people who lost loved ones to heroin and opiate addiction gathered at Canalside Saturday to mourn and to raise awareness. (Maki Becker/Buffalo News)

Kelly Taylor couldn't talk publicly about the fact that two of her sons died of heroin overdoses.

It wasn't just grief.

She knew people judged her. Self-doubt silenced her.

But Taylor and others who have endured the agony of losing loved ones to the opiate epidemic say there is no longer room for shame and silence.

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17 US NY: With Legal Pot Comes a Problem: How Do We Weed Out ImpairedThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:New York Observer, The (NY) Author:Grant, Igor Area:New York Lines:133 Added:12/30/2016

On Nov. 8, 2016 voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now legal in a total of eight states. And this creates potential problems for road safety. How do we determine who's impaired and who's not?

The effects of alcohol vary based on a person's size and weight, metabolism rate, related food intake and the type and amount of beverage consumed. Even so, alcohol consumption produces fairly straightforward results: The more you drink, the worse you drive. Factors like body size and drinking experience can shift the correlation slightly, but the relationship is still pretty linear, enough to be able to confidently develop a blood alcohol content scale for legally determining drunk driving. Not so with marijuana.

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18 US NY: Reports: Deaths From Fentanyl Surpass Heroin DeathsThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Newsday (NY)          Area:New York Lines:31 Added:12/29/2016

NEW YORK - Health officials say the synthetic opioid fentanyl has surpassed heroin as the leading cause of overdose deaths on Long Island.

The New York Times reports that fentanyl killed at least 220 people on Long Island in 2016.

Fentanyl can be 100 times as potent as heroin and is much cheaper because it can be made in a lab.

The numbers from Long Island are part of a national pattern. Fentanyl fatalities have surpassed those from heroin in other parts of the country including New England.

The medical examiners of Long Island's two counties, Nassau and Suffolk, compiled the overdose statistics there.

Suffolk County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Caplan said the influx of illegally manufactured fentanyl from overseas requires "a multidisciplinary intervention from all levels of government."


19US NY: Editorial: Not Open For BusinessSun, 25 Dec 2016
Source:Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:12/28/2016

There is a place in city of Rochester where people from all walks of life have been gathering. About half of them come from the city, the other half drive in from the suburbs, or even farther, to get here every day. It is a hub of diversity, unlike any other in the Finger Lakes region. Men and women, young and old, business executives, soccer moms, students. They drive shiny BMWs, family minivans, and pickup trucks with antlers mounted on the hood.

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20 US NY: Medical Pot In Hospitals Rules ProposedTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY) Author:Walsh, James Area:New York Lines:91 Added:12/28/2016

The state Department of Health has proposed amending its regulations to allow hospitals to develop procedures under which patients could take medical marijuana and other medications brought from home.

While not specifically outlawed now by department regulations, the amendment would give explicit permission for hospitals to formulate their own rules about patient use of medical marijuana, Jill Montag, a Health Department spokeswoman, said in an email.

Hospitals that want to permit self-administration of medical marijuana or other medications "must develop and follow policies and procedures to ensure the safe self-administration and security of the medication," according to the Health Department's proposed amendment to the state's Medical Marijuana Program.

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21 US NY: Marijuana Arrests Outnumber Those For Violent Crimes, StudyWed, 12 Oct 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:William, Timothy Area:New York Lines:118 Added:10/17/2016

Arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana exceeded those for all violent crimes last year, a new study has found, even as social attitudes toward the drug have changed and a number of cities and states have legalized its use or decriminalized small quantities.

And a disproportionate number of those arrested are African-Americans, who smoke marijuana at rates similar to whites but are arrested and prosecuted far more often for having small amounts for personal use, according to the study. The arrests can overwhelm court systems.

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22 US NY: Tallying The Toll Of A Staten Island Drug Wave In Flowers ForMon, 10 Oct 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Wilson, Michael Area:New York Lines:122 Added:10/13/2016

They are not like other mourners. They are raw. "Hysterical crying," said Jackie Berger, a florist.

Some arrive at the other extreme, showing quiet resignation, even relief.

"They knew this day was coming," said Frank Lettera, a funeral director.

They are the parents and relatives of young men and women who died on Staten Island after overdosing on heroin. The grieving families are passing through the rituals of death in numbers never seen before: a record 72 suspected overdoses so far this year. That number far surpasses the previous record of 41, in 2014.

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23 US NY: Staten Island Confronts Rise In OverdosesMon, 03 Oct 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Wilson, Michael Area:New York Lines:237 Added:10/06/2016

The man entered the Red Robin restaurant inside the Staten Island Mall two minutes after 6 p.m. on a Friday. He walked straight past the booths and tables and entered the men's room.

A manager would find him there seven minutes later, lying on the floor with a needle and foaming at the mouth.

His name was Jonathan Ayers, 27, and he was declared dead within the hour that evening, Sept. 9, apparently of a heroin overdose.

Mr. Ayers's fatal overdose was the latest addition to a body count without precedent. So far in 2016, there have been 71 deaths that appear to be from heroin overdoses on the island, the Richmond County district attorney's office said, already on pace to more than double the record set two years ago. Nine people died of heroin overdoses in a recent 10-day period, prosecutors said.

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24 US NY: LTE: What We Can Do To Reduce Opioid OveruseTue, 06 Sep 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Gan, T. J. Area:New York Lines:45 Added:09/07/2016

To the Editor:

Re "Safer Alternatives to Opioids" (editorial, Aug. 30):

As an anesthesiologist and president of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery, I applaud the surgeon general's campaign addressing the overprescribing and misuse of opioids.

While I agree that minimizing opioid use will take a concerted effort by all those involved in the health care system, hospitals, in particular, have a critical role. Although often overlooked in the opioid discussion, hospitals have become an inadvertent gateway to opioid use in America. A recent survey found that one in 10 patients became addicted or dependent on opioids following a surgical procedure, and 91 percent of surgeons felt pressure to prescribe more opioids than a patient needed, in part because of the need to score well on patient satisfaction evaluations.

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25 US NY: LTE: What We Can Do To Reduce Opioid OveruseTue, 06 Sep 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:King, Steven A. Area:New York Lines:32 Added:09/06/2016

To the Editor:

As a physician who specializes in pain management, I agree that we are overusing opioids and underusing other treatments. Certainly, the lack of insurance coverage for many of these other treatments is a significant problem.

There is an even more important factor, however, that hinders patient access to them. Most physicians receive little education on pain management in medical school and in postgraduate training. It is unrealistic to expect physicians to recommend treatments about which they possess little knowledge.

If the surgeon general really wants to have an impact on how we treat pain in this country, he needs to address this.



26 US NY: Editorial: Safer Alternatives To OpioidsTue, 30 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:58 Added:08/30/2016

About half of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription drugs. With that stark fact in mind, the surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, sent an unusually direct plea last week to 2.3 million doctors and other health care workers to help fight the opioid epidemic by treating pain "safely and effectively." A website for his "Turn the Tide" campaign highlights alternative, nonaddictive treatments for pain. Not only doctors but also policy makers, insurance companies and other players in the health care system should pay attention.

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27 US NY: In Expansion, State's Medical Marijuana Program WillTue, 30 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:137 Added:08/30/2016

ALBANY - Moving to address complaints about New York's new medical marijuana program, the state's Health Department is making substantial changes to expand access to the drug, including allowing home delivery, quite likely by the end of September.

The program, which saw its first dispensaries open in January, has struggled to gain broad traction in the medical community and with potential patients. Advocates for the medical use of marijuana have said the program, allowed by a 2014 law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was too restrictive, and its regulations too cumbersome to fulfill its mandate.

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28 US NY: Column: Harsh Drug Sentences Take Their Toll on BlackMon, 15 Aug 2016
Source:Record, The (Troy, NY) Author:Tucker, Cynthia Area:New York Lines:82 Added:08/15/2016

On a Sunday morning in late July, in a small town in southwest Alabama, Barbara Moore Knight gave her fellow church members news that brought spontaneous applause and murmurs of "Amen!" She told them that her son, James LaRon Knight, was among the drug felons whose sentences had been commuted by President Barack Obama the week before.

In 2004, Knight was convicted of conspiracy to sell cocaine. Although the crime was nonviolent, he was sentenced to more than 24 years in a federal prison. The sentence was a travesty, an unduly harsh punishment for a family man never accused of running a substantial criminal enterprise.

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29 US NY: OPED: Sentences Full Of ErrorsSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Holder, Eric H. Jr. Area:New York Lines:163 Added:08/14/2016

Washington - As a college student in Virginia, Corey Jacobs started selling drugs with the help of a group of friends to make some extra money. A Bronx native, Mr. Jacobs was no kingpin, and no aspect of their drug conspiracy involved violence. Now age 46, Mr. Jacobs has served 16 years of a sentence of life without parole in the federal system.

No question, Corey Jacobs should have gone to prison for his felony. But does he deserve to die there?

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30 US NY: Editorial: Stop Treating Marijuana Like HeroinSat, 13 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:81 Added:08/13/2016

Supporters of a saner marijuana policy scored a small victory this week when the Obama administration said it would authorize more institutions to grow marijuana for medical research. But the government passed up an opportunity to make a more significant change.

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday turned down two petitions - one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington and the other from a resident of New Mexico - requesting that marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Drugs on that list, which include heroin and LSD, are deemed to have no medical use; possession is illegal under federal law, and researchers have to jump through many hoops to obtain permission to study them and obtain samples to study. Having marijuana on that list is deeply misguided since many scientists and President Obama have said that it is no more dangerous than alcohol.

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31 US NY: PUB LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Heimer, Robert Area:New York Lines:38 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: In an effort to be balanced, the article notes that critics' opposition to naloxone is based on the premise that it gives drug users a safety net, allowing them to take more risks and seek higher highs, resulting in multiple overdoses. These claims are refuted by studies in New York, San Francisco and here in Connecticut of overdose risks, undertaken before widespread availability of naloxone, in which a strong predictor of an overdose was a previous nonfatal overdose. To date, no evidence has been presented that naloxone availability or use in response to overdoses increases risk-taking or overdose frequency. Instead, there is plenty of evidence that it saves lives and provides those individuals an opportunity to seek treatment. The critics' disparaging of the lifesaving benefits of naloxone is just another example of the stigmatization of those with the chronic disorder of opioid abuse that brands such individuals as unworthy of efforts to reduce their mortality.

New Haven

The writer is a professor at the Yale University School of Public Health.


32 US NY: PUB LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Szalavitz, Maia Area:New York Lines:33 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: The same arguments about encouraging more risk taking were made earlier about needle exchange programs to fight H.I.V., delaying their implementation by years. But when New York State stopped heeding the naysayers and did expand access to clean needles, H.I.V. infection rates in drug users, which had stood at 54 percent in 1990, fell to only 3 percent by 2012. Now state health officials call the formerly contentious practice "the one intervention which could be described as the gold standard of H.I.V. prevention." Let's not make the same mistake by spreading similarly baseless fears about naloxone.

New York

The writer is the author of "Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction."


33 US NY: Editorial: Mercy Is Too Slow At Justice DepartmentSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:66 Added:08/07/2016

President Obama last week commuted the prison terms of 214 federal inmates who were sent to prison under draconian, '80s-era laws that have since been revised. Among them were 67 people serving life sentences, nearly all of them for nonviolent drug offenses.

Mercy was granted in these cases. But the federal clemency system - which moves far too slowly and is too often blocked by politics in both the Justice Department and the White House - was never intended to manage miscarriages of justice that happen on a vast scale, as was the case when so many Americans were sent to prison under the "tough on crime" policies of the 1980s.

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34 US NY: LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bell, Charlotte Area:New York Lines:38 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: You say naloxone "carries no health risk; it cannot be abused and, if given mistakenly to someone who has not overdosed on opioids, does no harm." In fact, like most drugs, naloxone can have adverse effects, most of which are mild, but some, such as severe hypertension, decreased platelet function, coma and death, are very significant. Severe hypertension and tachycardia can likely be exacerbated in patients who have taken amphetamines or cocaine in addition to opioids, causing heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, most overdoses treated with naloxone occur in young patients who tolerate side effects. However, I am concerned about propagating the myth that this drug is completely safe and thereby inadvertently adding a new game to the highs of addiction - get high, push the experience to near death, make sure naloxone is handy for reversal, and repeat. We may indeed see more complications if patients are using multiple rounds of opioids and naloxone.

Milford, Conn.

The writer is an anesthesiologist.


35 US NY: PUB LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Wen, Leana S. Area:New York Lines:39 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: Re "A Lifesaver for Heroin Users, but No Cure for an Epidemic" (news article, July 31):

As an emergency physician, I have personally administered naloxone and seen patients who would otherwise die from an opioid overdose be revived within seconds. Those who say that saving someone's life with naloxone will only foster addiction are being unscientific, inhumane and ill informed. We would never refuse an EpiPen to someone experiencing a peanut allergy for fear that it would encourage him to eat peanut butter. In Baltimore, we believe that naloxone should be part of everyone's medicine cabinet and everyone's first aid kit. That is why I issued a standing order that has made this medication available to all of the 620,000 residents in our city. We must make policy decisions based on science, not stigma. Addiction is a disease. We must treat it with the same urgency, humanity and compassion as we treat all diseases.


The writer is the Baltimore city health commissioner.


36 US NY: PUB LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Greene, Claudia Area:New York Lines:37 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: Some of those you interview make the case that people use naloxone to continue their pattern of pleasure-seeking behaviors, even to their own detriment. However, abuse of opioids is not an act of free will; it is an agonizing compulsion. A person with a substance abuse disorder is compelled to use even when he or she no longer feels pleasure from the act. I volunteer with the Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution to distribute naloxone, clean syringes and other harm reduction supplies to clients in the East Bay area. Tellingly, the article quotes Gov. Paul LePage of Maine saying that "naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose." Perhaps if Governor LePage met our clients he would see that people with substance abuse disorders are as worthy of compassionate care as anyone with a chronic disease.

Berkeley, Calif.

The writer is pursuing a master's of public health degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.


37 US NY: LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Vaughan, William Jr. Area:New York Lines:32 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: Your article discusses two interpretations of the effect of Narcan, the brand name of naloxone. The moral hazard interpretation is that Narcan gives drug users a safety net, allowing some to overdose numerous times in safety. Advocates of Narcan, on the other hand, say it allows people to get into treatment, and there is no evidence that Narcan increases opiate use. Given this uncertainty, I find it difficult to understand how you can write: "There is no question that the nation's death toll from heroin and prescription opioids would be significantly higher without naloxone." It is at least logically possible that Narcan will eventually be seen to have been a wholesale mistake.


Chebeague Island, Me.


38 US NY: PUB LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sigel, George Area:New York Lines:30 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: How could naloxone ever be considered a "cure for an epidemic"? Putting out a fire is not a cure for causes of fires. Sorry, there are no quick solutions to the addiction problem. But there are some steps we should take. Help addicts get services for the addiction and underlying mental health issues. Access to clinics is key. Yet clinics are fewer and fewer and access harder and harder. And, yes, give Narcan to first responders and addicts' families.

Norwood, Mass.

The writer is a psychiatrist.


39 US NY: LTE: Treating Heroin AddictsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Justin, Frank Area:New York Lines:26 Added:08/07/2016

Naloxone saves lives after a heroin overdose, but does it also encourage addiction?

To the Editor: Your article profiles a 44-year-old woman who has been revived seven times using the lifesaving drug Narcan. At what point does her own personal responsibility make her accountable for her own life? Our society and our health care system need to recognize that we can't solve everyone's problems all the time.

Providence, R.I.


40 US NY: A Street Drug's Sudden Popularity Tests the AuthoritiesSat, 16 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Rosenberg, Eli Area:New York Lines:123 Added:07/16/2016

The police raids around a gritty Brooklyn intersection were meant to show that city officials were taking charge after 33 people had been stricken by suspected overdoses of K2. But the spectacle, captured by a crush of news media, came up all but empty, without a single packet of the drug seized.

The outcome of the attempted crackdown underscored the challenges the authorities face in combating K2, a potent substance that is easy to distribute and hard to regulate. Its low price and powerful high have made it popular among some homeless people, and its effects have periodically transformed patches of the city - like the one on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant where the raids were carried out - into theaters of public drug use.

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41 US NY: Surge in Overdoses From a Drug: 130 In Three DaysFri, 15 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Nir, Sarah Maslin Area:New York Lines:134 Added:07/15/2016

Almost as soon as the young man crouching on a trash-strewed street in Brooklyn pulled out a crumpled dollar bill from his pocket and emptied its contents of dried leaves into a wrapper, he had company. A half-dozen disheveled men and women walked swiftly to where the young man was rolling a cigarette of a synthetic drug known as K2 to wait for a chance to share.

The drug has been the source of an alarming and sudden surge in overdoses - over three days this week, 130 people across New York City were treated in hospital emergency rooms after overdosing on K2, almost equaling the total for the entire month of June, according to the city's health department. About one-fourth of the overdoses, 33, took place on Tuesday along the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, the same Brooklyn neighborhoods where, despite a heightened presence of police officers, people were again openly smoking the drug on Thursday.

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42 US NY: OPED: Pros And Cons Of Legalizing MarijuanaFri, 15 Jul 2016
Source:Saratogian, The (NY) Author:Chartock, Alan Area:New York Lines:92 Added:07/15/2016

The legalization of marijuana is inevitable. The most we can hope for is that people are educated about the potential downsides of the so-called weed. We can hope that pot smoking will not give rise to the kind of alcohol fueled traffic fatalities we see now. Of course, we all know that people have been known to smoke and drive and have been involved in accidents but once it is legalized, there will doubtless be more pot users who will drive "under the influence."

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43 US NY: Drug Evidence Thrown Out Over Tracking Of CellphoneWed, 13 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Weiser, Benjamin Area:New York Lines:87 Added:07/14/2016

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday that drugs seized from a man charged in a narcotics case could not be used as evidence, because agents had not obtained a warrant for a covert cellphone tracking device that led them to his Washington Heights apartment, where the drugs were found.

The portable device, known as a cell-site simulator and often referred to as a Stingray, has been used widely by federal and local law enforcement officials around the country, including in New York, to solve crimes and locate missing people.

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44 US NY: 33 Suspected Of Overdosing On Synthetic MarijuanaWed, 13 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Rosenberg, Eli Area:New York Lines:114 Added:07/14/2016

There is a word that local residents and workers use to describe a group of drug users whose presence they say has grown around a busy Brooklyn transit hub: zombies. What was once a few familiar faces has turned into a tribe of strangers, walking around, staggering and looking lost, in the throes, it is believed, of the ill effects of K2, a synthetic drug that officials in New York have been working hard to eradicate.

The problem in the neighborhood has gotten to be such that a manager of an urban farm nearby, tired of the smoke wafting onto the property, posted two hand-painted wooden signs with a simple message: "No Smoking K2."

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45 US NY: Editorial: An Inadequate Opioid Bill In CongressTue, 12 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:76 Added:07/12/2016

Congress is about to pass a bill meant to deal with the nation's opioid epidemic. It contains some good ideas. It will also be far less effective at saving lives than it should be.

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the measure, approved by the House on Friday by an overwhelming 407-to-5 majority. It would authorize addiction treatment and prevention programs to stem what has become a scourge and a disgrace - more than 28,600 overdose deaths in 2014. But it contains not a penny to support those initiatives.

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46 US NY: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Program Would Help EaseWed, 29 Jun 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Leaver, Jamie Area:New York Lines:42 Added:07/01/2016

The clear conclusion of The News' ongoing reporting and opinion on the opiate crisis is there is no single solution.

One proven approach to reducing deaths has been missing from the discussion. Studies have shown that in states with effective medical marijuana programs including chronic pain as a qualifying condition, opioid deaths are 25 percent to one-third less than those, like New York, without.

Cannabis is not a treatment for opioid addiction, but a proven treatment for many pain conditions. Many patients are able to reduce or cease use of addictive and potentially fatal drugs, including opioids, anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications, most commonly prescribed for pain.

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47 US NY: OPED: Can You Get Over An Addiction?Sun, 26 Jun 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Szalavitz, Maia Area:New York Lines:161 Added:06/26/2016

I SHOT heroin and cocaine while attending Columbia in the 1980s, sometimes injecting many times a day and leaving scars that are still visible. I kept using, even after I was suspended from school, after I overdosed and even after I was arrested for dealing, despite knowing that this could reduce my chances of staying out of prison.

My parents were devastated: They couldn't understand what had happened to their "gifted" child who had always excelled academically. They kept hoping I would just somehow stop, even though every time I tried to quit, I relapsed within months.

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48 US NY: Locked Out Over Marijuana, Gardeners Watch BrooklynWed, 22 Jun 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Nir, Sarah Maslin Area:New York Lines:128 Added:06/22/2016

There are rabbits with silken pelts and guinea pigs with curly hair, a flock of chickens, crops of eggplant, corn, apples and even a banana tree - all thriving in one of the grittiest neighborhoods in New York City.

James McCrae and a group of volunteers have spent two decades cultivating this once-barren stretch of Glenmore Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, making it one of the city's most resplendent community gardens, raising a grassy lawn to replace broken pavement and planting herbs for cooking. Shady benches sit under flowering bowers inside the garden, where the gardeners used to sit, reaching up occasionally to pluck wine grapes overhead. But today, they spend their days hunkered on folding chairs on the sidewalk outside the gates, watching the flowers wither and the blueberries rot.

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49 US NY: Pot Unites Businesspeople, Hippies at CannabisSat, 18 Jun 2016
Source:Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) Author:Kaplan, Ezra Area:New York Lines:57 Added:06/18/2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Men and women in business suits mixed with hippies sporting blazers printed with marijuana leaf patterns Friday during the last day of the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition.

The three-day conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was a gathering of professionals and advocates from nearly every facet of the emerging marijuana industry. Even though restrictions on the drug remain tight in New York, the community gathered to exchange ideas and explore business opportunities.

"We are here showcasing the cannabis industry and showing what they do," said Dan Humiston, president of the International Cannabis Association, which organized the conference.

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50 US NY: OPED: We Must Do More to Fight a Growing AddictionSun, 12 Jun 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Santasiero, Ronald Area:New York Lines:65 Added:06/14/2016

As a provider of addiction treatment, mostly to teens, it is frustrating to watch as the problem worsens. No family is immune.

The federal government has mandated a 100-patient limit for physicians who treat opiate addiction with buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolve). Physicians are not limited in treating any other medical problem. The number of physicians certified to treat opiate addiction with buprenorphine is not enough to serve even a minority of addicted patients.

The addiction problem has several root causes. The proliferation and mass use of social media has accelerated addiction. Teens no longer accept what parents say about the dangers of drugs. Instead they use social media to get answers that downplay the dangers, and instruct impressionable teens on how to obtain drugs and how to modify drugs for intravenous use. Technology has been a contributor to the problem.

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