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1 US TX: Officers Killed In Murder Or Self-Defense?Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sack, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:762 Added:03/24/2017

With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.

SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.

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2 US: When Pot Eases The Way Through PregnancyTue, 21 Feb 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Louis, Catherine Saint Area:United States Lines:224 Added:02/25/2017

The New York Times reported this month that expectant mothers are taking up marijuana in increasing numbers. We asked women who used marijuana during pregnancy to share their stories.

Hundreds of readers wrote in; most had smoked, while a few vaped or ate marijuana-laced edibles. Roughly half said they had used pot for a medical reason. Most felt marijuana use had not affected their children, or were not sure; just a handful worried the children might have suffered cognitive deficits.

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3US KY: Ky. Has Twice U.S. Rate Of Drug-dependent BabiesSat, 14 Jan 2017
Source:Courier-Journal, The (Louisville, KY) Author:Ungar, Laura Area:Kentucky Lines:Excerpt Added:01/17/2017

The days-old newborn shook and screamed, his tiny chest fluttering with rapid breaths. Even his mother's arms couldn't soothe him.

Withdrawal from heroin was Jordan Barkley's first experience of the world.

His mom, Amy Kalber, shot up every day for most of her pregnancy. The drugs coursing through her body sickened Jordan, who spent seven weeks in neonatal intensive care, suffering from diarrhea and tremors, sucking on morphine as he weaned off the heroin.

"It breaks my heart. It really does," said Kalber, 33, who is now in recovery. "I just couldn't stop. With heroin, you have to do it. You have to get it. It doesn't stop."

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4 US PA: For Babies Born Addicted To Opioids, Hospitals RecruitFri, 13 Jan 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Mccullough, Marie Area:Pennsylvania Lines:139 Added:01/14/2017

[photo] Addy Schultz, 72, cuddling a baby going through opioid withdrawal at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

Marie McCullough covers health and medicine, with a special focus on cancer and women's health issues.

Study suggests prevention efforts are having an effect on melanoma in Pa., N.J.

As the 13-day-old infant scrunched up his face and squirmed in obvious pain, Addy Schultz tightened her embrace. The baby relaxed in her arms almost instantly.

"When he cramps up, I hold him harder and pat a little firmer," explained Schultz, 72, sitting in a rocking chair in the newborn intensive care unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "They don't like to be stroked or caressed."

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5 US PA: One Day In The Opioid EpidemicMon, 26 Dec 2016
Source:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Author:Lord, Rich Area:Pennsylvania Lines:394 Added:12/30/2016

The 44-year-old mother who answered the door in Lincoln-Lemington on the evening of Dec. 15 had the "pin point" eyes of "someone who has recently used opioids," a Pittsburgh police officer wrote.

The officer was responding to a 911 call suggesting child endangerment. "I do suffer from using heroin and I'm trying to stop, but I keep using," the woman admitted, according to the officer's affidavit. She led police to the makeup bag under the throw pillow, where they found six stamp bags of heroin and three hypodermic needles, the officer wrote.

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6 US MA: 'Heroin Is The Worst Thing In The World'Sun, 18 Dec 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Allen, Evan Area:Massachusetts Lines:380 Added:12/18/2016

[photo] Bonnie Bruce is the mother of a Vermont woman, Tamara, who was found the day after Thanksgiving passed out from heroin in her car with her fiance and their two young children.

DORSET, Vt. - The midnight phone call woke them all up. As Bonnie Bruce struggled to understand what the police officer was saying, her 11-year-old grandson, Elias, appeared in her bedroom doorway and walked to her bedside, listening. He knew: It was about his mother.

"Wait a minute, what are you telling me?" Bonnie gasped into the phone. The coil of dread lodged hard in her gut for the past 11 years, since her daughter first shot heroin into the soft crook of her elbow, abruptly gave way. "Is she all right?"

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7 US AZ: OPED: Prop. 205: Legalizing marijuana: High Risk, No RewardTue, 01 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Daily Sun (AZ) Author:Vigdor, Greg Area:Arizona Lines:77 Added:11/01/2016

There's at least one issue on Arizona's General Election ballot that crosses political and partisan lines -public health. All Arizonans, regardless of our stance on just about any other issue, can agree public health and safety are paramount to our wellbeing, productivity and quality of life.

That's why, as two of Arizona's leading health and healthcare organizations, we've come together to oppose Proposition 205, the initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. For hospitals and health professionals across our state, the issue comes down to this: Our mission is to help patients and protect public health. Prop 205 does neither.

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8 Canada: OPED: How Patients With Addiction Problems Showed Me A BetterMon, 12 Sep 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hirsh, Alana Area:Canada Lines:198 Added:09/13/2016

In the discussion about Canadian drug policy, the unspoken question is: Why should we take care of drug addicts? I have had to ask myself this because my job is taking care of people with drug dependence and mental illness in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver's notoriously drug and disease-ridden inner city. What does society gain from assisting people who engage in illegal activity, who bring their diseases and, with increasing prevalence, their death, upon themselves?

I am a McGill and UBC-trained family and emergency physician, and have practised in Canada, the United States and West Africa. I have delivered babies, treated trauma victims, managed chronic disease, and comforted dying people.

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9US FL: Anything For TylerSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:McNeill, Claire Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2016

A Mother Risks Prison and Splits Up Her Family in a Desperate Attempt to Rid Her Son of Cancer.

The Rockies unfurled outside Kristen Yeckley's passenger window, but she kept her eyes on the speedometer. No more than 5 mph over the limit, she urged her mother. Hands at 10 and 2. She had stayed up past 3 a.m., sobbing, praying, plotting the route back to Pinellas Park. The drive meant committing a federal crime with her 5-year-old son in the backseat. Kristen kept imagining handcuffs, the fear on Tyler's trusting face. If they were pulled over, she would use his medical records to plead for sympathy. She and her husband, Joe, had saved up for their dream home with a backyard pool. They had comfortable jobs, poker nights, a college fund in their son's name. Then came Tyler's diagnosis. When doctors said he was out of options, Kristen and Joe vowed to do anything, even split up their family, to give Tyler a chance with a treatment Florida doesn't allow. That brought Kristen to the sloping road out of Colorado last summer, 2,000 miles from home - with vials of liquid medical marijuana buried in her mother's suitcase. Worry first tugged at Kristen in the line to see Santa Claus.

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10 US NY: OPED: Addicted To A Treatment For AddictionSun, 29 May 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Macy, Beth Area:New York Lines:233 Added:05/29/2016

Lebanon, Va. - LATE on Christmas night 2013, April Hileman was summoned for a drug test. She had broken the curfew imposed on her by a drug court and relapsed with the opioid pills she'd been hooked on for six years. Earlier that day, Ms. Hileman had driven to a neighbor's house here in far southwestern Virginia to buy a handful of Suboxone pills, or "Box," as the drug is sometimes called. After she tested positive, Judge Michael Moore of Russell County ordered her to jail, and her 3-year-old daughter spent the rest of the holidays with relatives.

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11CN BC: Column: Hopes Of Moms-To-Be Can Go Up In Pot SmokeMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/11/2016

Up In Smoke (Cheech and Chong,1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant.

Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking. They discovered pregnant women who smoke cannabis were more likely to be anemic and babies more likely to end up in neonatal intensive care with a low birth weight.

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12 CN PI: Column: Hopes And Dreams Go Up In SmokeMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:47 Added:05/11/2016

"Up in Smoke" (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant.

Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking:

They discovered that pregnant women who smoke cannabis were more likely to be anemic and their babies more likely to end up in neonatal intensive care with low birth weight.

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13 CN NS: Column: Hopes And Dreams Go Up In SmokeMon, 09 May 2016
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:Nova Scotia Lines:46 Added:05/11/2016

Up in Smoke (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant.

Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking: They discovered that pregnant women who smoke cannabis were more likely to be anemic and their babies more likely to end up in neonatal intensive care with low birth weight.

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14US CO: Babies Testing Positive For PotMon, 02 May 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Olinger, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/02/2016

Pueblo Hospitals Have Joined a Petition Drive to Stop Recreational Marijuana Sales.

Dr. Steven Simerville worries about the number of babies being born in Pueblo with marijuana in their bodies.

The medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at St. Mary- Corwin Medical Center finds that mothers who abhor smoking cigarettes during pregnancy see no harm in smoking a joint.

"What I'm seeing in our nursery is a dramatic increase in babies who test positive for marijuana," he said. "The interesting thing for me is the number of mothers who use marijuana and want to breast feed. They don't believe marijuana is harmful."

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15 South Africa: Column: There Are Solutions to the Gang ProblemFri, 08 Apr 2016
Source:Mail and Guardian (South Africa) Author:Pinnock, Don Area:South Africa Lines:168 Added:04/08/2016

But it would take a government with insight and compassion to implement the necessary remedies

Sometimes, as a journalist, the sadness that follows the information you seek is almost unbearable. The story in question was to get to the root of Cape gangs. And there was time: two years. That's a long while to research a single topic - a chance you seldom get.

With that sort of time you inevitably go beneath the skin of daily journalism and the epidermis of weeklies to muscle and bone. Down that deep came a discovery: gangs are merely a symptom of a profoundly disturbing youth problem that's getting worse.

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16 US CA: LTE: Addiction And BabiesWed, 30 Mar 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Skagerberg, Ellen Area:California Lines:42 Added:03/30/2016

EDITOR: A woman accidentally develops the chronic disease of addiction and then she accidentally gets pregnant. Dr. Erin Lund of Vista Family Health Center ("A message of hope for opioid-addicted pregnant women," Close to Home, Saturday) asks the community to "remove our value judgments and encourage those who are suffering to seek help. Pregnancy can be a unique opportunity for women to turn their lives around."

Perhaps having a baby does give some women their best shot at overcoming addiction, but why should a baby have to save its parents, at the expense of its own quality of life? Many more women can't kick, or don't even try.

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17CN BC: Drug Treatment Court Builds Record Of SuccessTue, 08 Mar 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2016

Addicted Offenders Find Help Getting Sober, Starting Fresh

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Michael stood before Vancouver provincial court Judge Harbans Dhillon and told her he was ready to change his life.

"Before I came in here, I was on the longest drug run of my life. I was using for four years daily," Michael said.

Dhillon called for a round of applause to mark Michael's formal admission to the 15-year-old drug treatment court. And she asked Michael his views on the program to which he was committing the next year of his life.

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18 US IN: Call for Drug-Testing of Pregnant Women Comes With aFri, 04 Mar 2016
Source:Herald Bulletin, The (Anderson, IN) Author:Hayden, Maureen Area:Indiana Lines:116 Added:03/04/2016

But Doctors Need Court Order to Give Results to Police

INDIANAPOLIS - A surge in heroin and painkiller abuse - and a related spike in the number of drug-dependent newborns - has doctors calling for drug tests for all pregnant women.

But, first, doctors and health officials want lawmakers to shield addicted, expectant mothers from punishment.

The Legislature has taken a first step, quietly passing a measure to prohibit doctors from giving results of a pregnant woman's drug tests to police without a court order.

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19 CN ON: New Treatment For Drug-Addicted BabiesSat, 30 Jan 2016
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:01/31/2016

It's A 'Win-Win Situation' For Mother and Child

They're coming into this world shaking and trembling, irritable and having a difficult time settling.

Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are some of the North Bay Regional Health Centre's smallest and most vulnerable patients.

But a new treatment plan is proving to be positive for both mother and baby.

Kim Carter, manager of women and children programming at the health centre, said most of the patients who have babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) suffer from chronic pain or have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses.

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20 US CA: Editorial: The Ill Effects Of Tennessee's New Drug LawMon, 28 Dec 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:89 Added:12/29/2015

Pregnant Women Using Illegal Drugs Are Avoiding Prenatal Care for Fear of Facing Charges After Births.

As the abuse of opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, has risen in Tennessee, the number of babies born dependent on drugs has skyrocketed, increasing fifteen-fold during the last 10 years. In an effort to combat this troubling trend, the state approved a controversial new law in 2014 to allow women who give birth to babies "harmed by" illegal drug usage to be charged with misdemeanor assault.

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