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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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2 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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3US NJ: Advocates, Critics React To Christie's Sweeping Drug PlanWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2017

Anti-drug advocates hailed Gov. Chris Christie's pledge Tuesday to make New Jersey's addiction crisis a top job in the final year of his term in office, but there were worries about funding and follow through.

Using soaring rhetoric, heartfelt personal stories of loss and unmistakable zeal, the governor used his State of the State address to outline a series of new initiatives to battle the opioid epidemic that has devastated New Jersey.

Paul Ressler, who lost his son Corey to a heroin overdose and now runs an organization that informs the public about the use of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, praised the goal of getting more teenagers into treatment. Christie promised to change state regulations that exclude 18 and 19 year olds from treatment facilities for children.

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4 US MI: Sisters, 16 And 20, Overdose On Heroin In Beverly HillsSat, 14 Jan 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:84 Added:01/15/2017

Over a 12-hour period in Beverly Hills, two sisters and a boyfriend of one of the them were rushed to the hospital after accidentally overdosing on heroin.

Police say all three are lucky to be alive.

"The boy was the luckiest," said Detective Sgt. Lee Davis of the Beverly Hills Public Safety Department. "Two of our detectives went to his house about the two prior overdoses and they found him totally unresponsive and all alone. If they didn't show up, this probably would have been a totally different story."

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5 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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6 US PA: ACA's Repeal Would Devastate Fight Against Opioid AddictionFri, 13 Jan 2017
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:127 Added:01/13/2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Thursday that Congressional Republicans are on a "rescue" mission to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and that he and President-elect Donald Trump are in perfect sync with the process of replacing Obamacare. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES)

Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to research published this week by Harvard Medical School.

More than 181,000 Pennsylvania residents with mental and substance abuse disorders will lose access to services made available under the ACA, concluded Harvard health economics professor Richard G. Frank and New York University public service dean Sherry Glied.

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7 US MD: Anne Arundel Community College Launches Class On The BusinessSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:112 Added:01/07/2017

Professor Shad Ewart is teaching a course on emerging markets in relation to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits at Anne Arundel Community College.

Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a marijuana dispensary in Oregon.

Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude.

"Opportunities are endless, whatever we can create in our heads," said Dean Warner, an Anne Arundel Community College student.

The college launched Monday a class exploring business opportunities around the country's expanding marijuana market.

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8 US PA: In Pa., Facing Two Big Challenges: Opioids, ACAFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:54 Added:01/06/2017

Charles Cutler is an internal medicine specialist from Norristown.

Want to know what's important in medicine today?

Ask Charles Cutler, an internal medicine specialist from Norristown who last month was sworn in as the 167th president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The society's 16,000 members are physicians and medical students throughout the state. Among the issues it promotes are leadership, education, and public health.

Cutler, a member for 35 years, belongs to numerous other medical organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County Medical Society. He is a member of Einstein Physicians Norriton, a part of the Einstein Healthcare Network.

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9US KY: In Southern Indiana, Heroin Fight Gets PersonalFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Courier-Journal, The (Louisville, KY) Author:Winer, Madeleine Area:Kentucky Lines:Excerpt Added:01/06/2017

Growing up, Evan Blessett was as an avid soccer player and honor roll student. He loved skateboarding and played the drums later in his teen years.

But one role that his dad, Doug, never thought his son would play was one of a recovering drug addict.

"The thing that gets me is he got past us," Doug Blessett said about his 29-year-old son, who is a counselor at The Healing Place, an addiction recovery center in Louisville. "When my son went through this, I took it personally. You think you would see it, and I didn't."

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10US WA: Will Taxes On Marijuana Help Pay High Cost Of K-12 EducationFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Connelly, Joel Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:01/06/2017

Marijuana is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. But Washington voters in 2012 legalized the cultivation, sale and taxation of recreational marijuana. California voted in November 2016 to do likewise.

Will taxes on marijuana help pay high cost of K-12 education funding?

The state's Republican lawmakers have been as slippery as a pig on ice when it comes to finding dollars to pay for state Supreme Court-ordered full funding of K-12 education in Washington, a pattern seen Thursday at The Associated Press' legislative forum.

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11US WI: Schools Want Input On Expanding Drug TestingWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:McMahon, Todd Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2017

A recommendation by state Rep. Joel Kleefisch would have parents request their high school students be tested for illegal drugs.

Students drive out of the parking lot at the end of the school day at De Pere High School on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Students who have parking permits at the school are subjected to random drug testing throughout the school year.(Photo: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi)

GREEN BAY - Rep. Joel Kleefisch had a ready response for lawmakers and school administrators who were quick to speak out against a proposal late last year for statewide random drug testing in high schools.

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12 US MO: Mandatory Drug Testing At Missouri Technical College IsWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Williams, Mara Rose Area:Missouri Lines:40 Added:01/04/2017

Mandatory drug testing of students at a two-year technical college in Linn, Mo., has been banned by a federal appeals court.

The court has reinstated the ban on mandatory drug testing for most students at the State Technical College of Missouri. The decision was the latest ruling in a 5-year-old lawsuit.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Associated Press reported that by a 9-2 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit overturned an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the court.

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13US WA: What Happened In Washington State After Voters LegalizedThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Bellingham Herald (WA) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:12/31/2016

A study of Washington high school students out Tuesday examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012 finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen's use of the drug.

However, a study of Washington high school students out Tuesday flies somewhat in the face of prevailing opinion. Examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

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14 US CO: Trump And Marijuana - The Un-Rosy ScenarioFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:98 Added:12/31/2016

A study of Washington high school students out Tuesday examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012 finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen's use of the drug.

However, a study of Washington high school students out Tuesday flies somewhat in the face of prevailing opinion. Examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

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15 US MA: How Hard Is It To Get Pot Now That It's Legal?Fri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Arnett, Dugan Area:Massachusetts Lines:160 Added:12/30/2016

Dugan Arnett wandered down Winter Street while looking for marijuana in Boston.

Call me old-fashioned, but I trusted Nancy Reagan when she urged me to Just Say No. I listened when McGruff the Crime Dog insisted that "users are losers." And when my younger sister arrived home one night back in high school smelling of the devil's lettuce, I did what any self-respecting graduate of the DARE program would do: I told my mom.

So when my boss approached me to ask if I'd be willing to go out on Thursday - the day marijuana officially became legal in Massachusetts - and attempt to buy some, it's safe to say I was caught off guard.

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16US 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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17US NJ: Drug Testing To Launch In Lacey Twp. Middle SchoolTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Oglesby, Amanda Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2016

Lacey Township Middle School is one of the first in the region to drug test middle school students. Here's why.

LACEY -- Middle schoolers here are among the first in the region to take part in a random drug testing program that could shape the battle against drug abuse.

Superintendent Craig Wigley said the program is ready to launch after New Year's, and he expects about 100 of the middle school's roughly 700 students to participate.

Parents must enroll their seventh- and eighth-graders in order to take part in the voluntary program, under which students who fail a random drug test would be removed from sports and extracurricular activities for 10 days after the first offense, 45 days after the second offense, and longer for a third offense.

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18US CA: UC Davis study: Teens Likelier To Smoke Pot After RecreationalTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Buck, Claudia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2016

Does legalizing recreational marijuana cause more teens to smoke it? That's highly possible, according to a new UC Davis study, which found teens in Washington state were "significantly" less aware of its potential harm and more likely to have smoked pot after it became legal.

"Adolescents are particularly important to look at, since some will go on to chronic use. This is something we need to look at further ... to prevent any unintended consequences down the road," said Dr. Magdalena Cerda, associate professor in emergency medicine and associate director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

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19 US CO: Marijuana And The Thinking TeenagerThu, 15 Dec 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:97 Added:12/18/2016

The anti-marijuana-legalization movement has made the claim that legalization will lead to an eruption in teenage marijuana use a central part of its narrative.

But it turns out that the kids didn'€™t get the memo.

The University of Michigan'€™s Institute for Social Research is out with its latest national survey of teenage drug use, including marijuana use, and what it found was that since 2012, the year that Colorado and Washington state legalized pot, teenage drug use is down, not up.

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20 US PA: Past Approach To Crack Addicts Harsher Than Today's HeroinMon, 12 Dec 2016
Source:Reporter, The (Lansdale, PA) Author:Yates, Riley Area:Pennsylvania Lines:378 Added:12/14/2016

Officials, former inmate contrast the emphasis on treatment vs. incarceration

When Leola Bivins was first sent away for dealing drugs, she was a 22-year-old high school dropout with a 2-year-old daughter at home.

Addiction was the center of the life she knew in East Stroudsburg, where she was born and raised, she recalled recently. Bivins' mother was a heroin addict - she eventually died of an overdose - and seemingly everyone around her was either selling drugs or abusing them, Bivins said.

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