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1 US OH: Dewine Challenges Drug Sentencing Ballot IssueMon, 10 Sep 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Provance, Jim Area:Ohio Lines:102 Added:09/10/2018

COLUMBUS - Mike DeWine, Ohio's attorney general and Republican candidate for governor, on Monday denounced as "irresponsible and dangerous" a proposed constitutional amendment to downgrade low-level, non-violent drug felonies to misdemeanors.

He stood with prosecutors, judges, treatment center operators, and addicts to argue that Issue 1 would remove the stick that gets addicts into treatment as an alternative to prison time.

"This threat, carefully used by our judges, has saved thousands and thousands of lives," Mr. DeWine said. "Issue 1 would take that away, and thousands would remain in the grips of opioids by not getting the treatment they need to recover. Because the truth is that some people just don't go into treatment unless they are pushed to do it. There's nothing humane about Issue 1."

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2 Canada: Column: How Will Canadaas New Drugged-Driving Rules ActuallyFri, 26 Jan 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Tchir, Jason Area:Canada Lines:148 Added:01/26/2018

I've read that there will be new drugged-driving rules for when pot is legalized this year. But I don't really understand them. So do we have rules now or is it legal to be driving after consuming marijuana? - Katie, Calgary

The proposed rules will make it easier for police to weed out drivers who've been toking.

But until they pass, if police believe you're impaired by any drug, you could still face criminal charges.

"So, right now, police can have you take the standard field sobriety test and if you fail, they can demand a drug-recognition evaluation," said Andrew Murie, chief executive of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada. "If you fail that, they charge you with impaired driving and they make a sample demand. It's not tested for level, but cannabis must be in that urine sample for the charge to go forward."

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3 US CA: L.a. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Selling DrugsTue, 16 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rubin, Joel Area:California Lines:136 Added:01/16/2018

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with operating a large-scale drug trafficking operation in which he boasted that he hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to drug dealers and could assault people for his clients, according to court records.

Kenneth Collins, a deputy assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and two other men were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday morning in a sting operation when they arrived to what they thought was a drug deal, according to records unsealed following the arrest.

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4 US NJ: Editorial: Opioid Addiction Is A National EmergencyWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:83 Added:08/09/2017

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump met with Cabinet members and senior staff at his golf club in Bedminster to discuss the opioid crisis. Missing at the meeting was Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the president's commission charged with studying the national rise of heroin and opioid addiction. Christie is on vacation. While the governor missed the meeting, the president is missing the message Christie has been sending for several years: treatment over incarceration will save lives.

Long before his approval rating tanked at 15 percent, Christie used his then sizable political capital to focus on treatment and rehabilitation. He did it when he pushed for drug courts. He did it when he eloquently spoke of a law student friend who died because of addiction. And during his presidential bid, Christie resonated most effectively with voters when talking about drug addiction.

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5US RI: Goal Of Nation's First Opioid Court: Keep Users AliveSun, 09 Jul 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis.

Now the city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of days, requires them to check in with a judge every day for a month instead of once a week, and puts them on strict curfews. Administering justice takes a back seat to the overarching goal of simply keeping defendants alive.

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6CN AB: Editorial: A Program That WorksFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/14/2017

Every government-funded program should be so lucky as to have Julia Carriere as an exemplar of its good work.

The 21-year-old woman was seven-months pregnant and addicted to drugs when she was arrested for trafficking in March 2016. Getting picked up by police turned out to be the second chance she needed and a timely blessing for her then-unborn son Richard, now one year old.

Carriere is the latest graduate of the Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Service, a program that delays sentencing after an offender pleads guilty to a criminal offence related to drug addiction.

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7 CN ON: Column: Buy Low And Sell HighMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:04/19/2017

In the bull-bear world of stock-market traders, the smell of fear ultimately tightens sphincter muscles and triggers sell-offs.

Within minutes of Justin Trudeau's Liberals tabling their pot legislation, for example, the TSX began dumping some of its publicly traded marijuana stocks.

The lack of clarity in the Liberals' spanking-new Cannabis Act got speculative investors nervous, which led to a feeling of financial uncertainty, which led to an unloading of stock.

Whether pot or pork bellies, a commodity is a commodity.

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8 CN AB: Column: Legit Weed's Price PointSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:106 Added:04/19/2017

Buy low, sell high, and other dope on legalized pot

In the bull-bear world of stock-market traders, the smell of fear ultimately tightens sphincter muscles and triggers sell-offs.

Within minutes of Justin Trudeau's Liberals tabling their pot legislation, for example, the TSX began dumping some of its publicly traded marijuana stocks.

The lack of clarity in the Liberals' spanking-new Cannabis Act got speculative investors nervous, which led to a feeling of financial uncertainty, which led to an unloading of stock.

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9 US: OPED: How To Treat An Opioid EpidemicSat, 14 Jan 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Satel, Sally Area:United States Lines:145 Added:01/14/2017

Addiction isn't an illness like any other. Patients need not just the right medicines but therapy, support and, in some cases, tough supervision

The grim faces of the nation's opioid epidemic -- an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat -- have become too familiar in recent years. More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children.

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10 US NJ: Christie Shines Light On N.J. Fight Against AddictionWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) Author:Racioppi, Dustin Area:New Jersey Lines:109 Added:01/11/2017

Christie this week reaffirmed his public commitment to making N.J. a national leader in fighting drug addiction.


Governor Christie speaks about drug addiction at a Walgreens in East Brunswick on Dec. 22, 2016.(Photo: Nicholas Pugliese/STATE HOUSE BUREAU)

Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday visited a Walgreens in East Brunswick to highlight initiatives the company is undertaking to promote the safe disposal of unused prescriptions drugs and expand access to a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose.

His final public appearance before Christmas came on the heels of a related event Wednesday evening where Christie and former Gov. Jim McGreevey led a candlelight vigil on the State House steps in memory of people who have died from or are struggling with addiction.

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11 US MA: Opioid Death Toll Again Hits Triple Digits In WorcesterTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Author:Foskett, Steven H. Jr. Area:Massachusetts Lines:102 Added:01/11/2017

WORCESTER - Last year was another rough year in the fight against opioid addiction, and Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. had some numbers to prove it at a forum Monday night at Worcester Technical High School.

The district attorney said there were 148 overdose deaths in Worcester County last year, and he cautioned that as toxicology test results come back, that number could still rise. He said for four years that number has been in the triple digits, and said it has impacted the cities and the suburbs. He said that in nearly three quarters of those overdose deaths, the powerful drug fentanyl played a role.

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12US NJ: At The Shore, A New Path For Addicts Under ArrestMon, 09 Jan 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2017

Sitting in a jail cell and preparing to spend as many as five years in state prison for two heroin possession charges, Matt Lopreiato found himself at a grim crossroads.

"I destroyed my family inside and out. I felt like my life was over. No family, no friends," the 27-year-old Toms River man said. "I felt like I was alone and would be better off dead to be completely honest with you."

The heroin addict went cold turkey and spent 43 days in Ocean County Jail. Then an offer arrived: go through addiction treatment, succeed and go free.

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13 CN ON: PUB LTE: Drug Courts Are Flawed But WorthwhileSat, 31 Dec 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Therien, Emile Area:Ontario Lines:35 Added:01/02/2017

Re: 'We hope to give them a second chance': Rural drug court thrives, Dec. 25.

Drug courts have been in existence for well over 20 years, but have not stopped the rise in drug use or reduced costs to the criminal justice system. As well, the fact that drug courts require a guilty plea to a crime before one is eligible for participation raises ethical, moral and legal questions and concerns.

That said, this alternative program is a good and serious effort to treat drug addiction without the costly consequences of criminalizing the behaviours that sustain and support these habits. These courts, foremost, recognize that drug addiction is a public health problem best dealt with by those trained in the causes and treatment of addictions.

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14 US TN: Agriculture Secretary Wants 'aggressive' Solutions ToFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Author:Nelson, Kristi L. Area:Tennessee Lines:154 Added:12/30/2016

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, left, talks with US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack and audience members during a town hall meeting on how to deal with the opioid addiction in Appalachia on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on in Abingdon, VA. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture talks about opioid addiction during a town hall meeting with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Abingdon, VA.(SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

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15US WI: Heroin Killed 281 In Wisconsin In 2015Wed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Litke, Eric Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:12/28/2016

A police officer holds a bag of heroin confiscated as evidence on March 22 in Gloucester, Mass.(Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK)

Wisconsin's battle against heroin yielded more grim results in 2015.

The death toll rose for the ninth straight year, and the total of 281 deaths was triple the number killed by heroin in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of total opioid deaths -- which includes heroin and prescription opiates -- topped the number of Wisconsin traffic deaths for the third straight year.

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16 US DC: Will Decriminalization Solve The Drug Scourge?Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Davidson, Joe Area:District of Columbia Lines:127 Added:10/17/2016

Illegal drug use and trafficking have led to a multitude of ills in the United States, sometimes because of racially infected law enforcement, particularly in black neighborhoods.

But is decriminalizing small amounts of narcotics at least part of the answer to the scourge?

Two major human and civil rights organizations make a good case for it and advance the decriminalization discussion in a report released Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are engaged in a major push to change the way federal, state and local governments deal with drug enforcement and abuse.

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17 CN MB: Youth Fuel Meth-Use Hike In CityThu, 15 Sep 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:May, Katie Area:Manitoba Lines:147 Added:09/17/2016

Price, availability, addictiveness appeal to young people, police say

THE city's youth are fuelling a surge in methamphetamine use because it's a cheaper way to get a long-lasting high.

In fact, "because of its affordability, addictive nature and accessibility, the methamphetamine user base in Winnipeg has increased significantly over a few short years, allowing traffickers to prosper," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement.

Sadly, both police and health officials don't expect the situation to get better any time soon.

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18US: U.S. Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Holders of MedicalThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Thanawala, Sudhin Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/01/2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states under the court's jurisdiction, including California and Washington.

It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who said she tried to buy a firearm for self-defense in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card. The gun store refused, citing the federal rule banning the sale of firearms to users of illegal drugs.

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19 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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20 US DC: PUB LTE: Addiction's Personal TollFri, 05 Aug 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Mathis, Don Area:District of Columbia Lines:34 Added:08/05/2016

The Aug. 2 Health & Science article "Cause of death" showed the human face and family tragedy of heroin addiction. The heart-wrenching stories of the fatal overdoses of Jordan Roche and Kelsea Brandt, among others, revealed that those who succumb to addiction aren't criminals. Rather, those who forsake their families, friends, careers, health and futures suffer from a bona fide disease of the brain.

Brandt and Roche lived in Harford County, Md., where I'm privileged to work with our drug courts. Every day, our elected and appointed officials, treatment providers, law enforcement officers, education officials, faith-based groups and nonprofit agencies work to overcome the stigmas of substance-use disorder. They work to discourage and prevent drug use by children, youths, pregnant women, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and others.

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