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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COLUMBUS - Louis Johnson, managing director of OMNI Medical Services,
showed up Monday at a hearing about proposed rules governing
physicians under Ohio's newly legal-medical marijuana program in hope
the murky waters of "affirmative defense" might be cleared a bit.
But he never heard the words mentioned in testimony before the hearing
officer, and the words won't be found in the rules written by the Ohio
"It's confusing a lot of municipalities and a lot of courtrooms..."
Mr. Johnson said afterward. "They're applying the
rules to affirmative defense, and that's not how [the law] is written."
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Adults with mental health disorders are consuming more than half of
all painkillers prescribed in the United States, according to a new
While adults suffering from depression, anxiety and mood disorders
represent just 16 percent of the nation's population, they received 51
percent of all opioid prescriptions.
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center said that rethinking pain management among this group
is "critical" to combat a growing national opioid addiction epidemic
- -- one that has hit Tennessee particularly hard.
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Opioid addiction is a growing crisis in our country. The effects are
devastatingly personal but also challenge us as a people. Lives are
being ruined and entire communities destroyed. Congress continues to
grapple with how to fund the treatment of this disease. Recent news
reports cite the role of the pharmaceutical industry in promoting the
drugs at the heart of this crisis and the misleading information they
provided to doctors regarding the addictive nature of these drugs
("How Maryland measured up in opioid prescribing," July 8).
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How much should you tell little kids about weed?
The distinctive smell of weed was permeating through the air around
the concert grounds. And I was panicking. Not because I had sparked
one up and feared getting caught. No, I was afraid of a question -
"Daddy, what's that smell?" The distinctive smell of weed was
permeating through the air around the concert grounds.
And I was panicking.
Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting caught.
No, I was afraid of a question - "Daddy, what's that smell?"
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Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday made 10 appointments to the Maryland
Medical Cannabis Commission, filling vacant positions and replacing
six commissioners whose terms had expired.
The commission is charged with implementing Maryland's medical
cannabis program. The appointments include doctors, business people
and several members of law enforcement.
The appointments are:
* Charles P. LoDico, a chemist and toxicologist for the Department of
Health and Human Services. His appointment fills a vacancy for a
scientist with experience in cannabis.
* Barry G. Pope, a clinical pharmacist for Conduent State Healthcare
LLC. He has been a registered pharmacist for 20 years. Pope was
recommended for this appointment by the Maryland Pharmacists
Association, and fills a vacancy for a licensed pharmacist on the
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Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have dropped since 2010 in the
United States, but the number of Americans getting the highly addictive
medications is still too high, a new report shows.
Prescriptions declined from a peak of 782 morphine milligram
equivalents (MME) per person in 2010 to 640 MME per person in 2015,
according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
"Half of U.S. counties saw a decrease in the amount of opioids
prescribed per person from 2010 to 2015," said CDC Acting Director Dr.
Anne Schuchat. "Overall, opioid prescribing in the United States is
down 18 percent since 2010."
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TEMPLE TERRACE -- Dropping a giant joint in favor of the "USS
Maryjane" seemed to smooth the waters for a pro-marijuana entry in
this year's Temple Terrace Fourth of July Parade.
The new float designed by the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws featured the flag-festooned ship crewed by some
military veterans and painted with the slogan, "Hemp for Victory."
The theme plays off a World War II film from the Department of
Agriculture that praised the nation's hemp farmers for their work in
creating strong ropes from the stalks of marijuana plants for the
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