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1US 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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2 US OH: Doctors Still In Limbo Over Ohio's Medical Marijuana RulesMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Provance, Jim Area:Ohio Lines:122 Added:07/14/2017

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 Medical Board.

"It's confusing a lot of municipalities and a lot of courtrooms..." Mr. Johnson said afterward. "They're applying the wait-for-the-state-is-ready rules to affirmative defense, and that's not how [the law] is written."

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3US: Study: Adults With Mental Health Disorders Consuming More OpioidsMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Adults with mental health disorders are consuming more than half of all painkillers prescribed in the United States, according to a new study.

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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4 US: Letter: Make Drug Makers Pay For Their Role In Opioid CrisisMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Milesky, Stanley Area:United States Lines:34 Added:07/14/2017

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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5 CN NF: Column: Full Disclosure?Mon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Newfoundland Lines:110 Added:07/14/2017

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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6 US MD: Hogan Names 10 To Medical Marijuana Commission, Replacing 6Thu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Broadwater, Luke Area:Maryland Lines:69 Added:07/06/2017

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 commission.

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7 US: U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall, But Numbers Still High: CDCThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Thompson, Dennis Area:United States Lines:98 Added:07/06/2017

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 Prevention.

"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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8US FL: Pro-Pot Forces Calm Waters As Uss Maryjane Sails ThroughThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Morgan, Philip Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2017

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 armed forces.

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