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CANADA: Two face drug charges after Port Lorne home searched - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Two face drug charges after Port Lorne home searched Annapolis District RCMP searched a home in Port Lorne and arrest two people after cocaine and marijuana were found April 4. (Fri Apr 06 02:05:43 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_law(80%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $cannabis(100%), $paraphernalia(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $school(100%)]
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CANADA: Pot sector financings face 'enhanced' due diligence, BMO CEO says - Business - Cape Breton Post

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capebretonpost.com (US) Canada's fourth largest lender also ensures there is no "nexus" to the U.S. Where cannabis is illegal under federal law. (Fri Apr 06 02:05:43 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(50%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $legalization(100%), $hallucinogen(50%), $chemicals(50%), $plants(100%), $phenethylamine(50%), $psychedelic_phenethylamine(50%), $intoxicant(100%), $_2cb(50%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $various_drugs(90%), $youth(50%), $school(100%), $legalism(65%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: MisstA$nkt dubbelmordare tog MDPV - Drugnews

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
drugnews.nu (Europe) MisstC$nkt dubbelmC6rdare tog MDPV - Drugnews Cannabis Cannabis medicin? Cannabis FC6retag fC6rbjuds sC$lja cannabisolja "Cannabis viktig basinkomst fC6r gC$ngen" MisstC$nkt dubbelmC6rdare tog... (Fri Apr 06 01:02:59 2018 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: Drogerna Butylon och MDPV forbjuds - Drugnews

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
drugnews.nu (Europe) Drogerna Butylon och MDPV fC6rbjuds - Drugnews Cannabis Cannabis medicin? Cannabis FC6retag fC6rbjuds sC$lja cannabisolja "Cannabis viktig basinkomst fC6r gC$ngen" Drogerna Butylon och MDPV fC... (Fri Apr 06 01:02:59 2018 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: MDPV idag etablerad drog - Drugnews

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
drugnews.nu (Europe) MDPV idag etablerad drog - Drugnews Cannabis Cannabis medicin? Cannabis FC6retag fC6rbjuds sC$lja cannabisolja "Cannabis viktig basinkomst fC6r gC$ngen" MDPV tillverkas i Kina, C$r mycket pote... (Fri Apr 06 01:02:59 2018 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: MisstA$nkt dubbelmordare tog MDPV - Drugnews

Drug News Bot - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
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INTERNATIONAL: Drogerna Butylon och MDPV forbjuds - Drugnews

Drug News Bot - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
drugnews.nu (Europe) Drogerna Butylon och MDPV fC6rbjuds - Drugnews Cannabis Cannabis medicin? Cannabis FC6retag fC6rbjuds sC$lja cannabisolja "Cannabis viktig basinkomst fC6r gC$ngen" Drogerna Butylon och MDPV fC... (Fri Apr 06 01:02:59 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(90%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $use_is_abuse(75%), $propaganda_theme4(75%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibitionist(80%), $legalization(100%), $hallucinogen(100%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $opioid(100%), $stimulant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $mdpv(100%), $heroin(100%), $cannabis(100%), $tobacco(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(70%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: MDPV idag etablerad drog - Drugnews

Drug News Bot - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:02
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US CT: Fourth Legislative Committee Holds Recreational Pot Hearing

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:00
Hartford Courant, 02 Apr 2018 - FOCUSES ON TAXATION On Monday, the finance, revenue and bonding committee became the fourth panel to hold a public hearing on recreational marijuana this legislative session. This time, on a bill that focuses on the taxation of marijuana and marijuana products sold in the state should they be legalized.
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US PA: Oped: Medical Marijuana Should Be Allowed One Foot From Philly

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Apr 2018 - As one of the first lawyers in Pennsylvania to venture into the legal world of medical marijuana and hemp, I have had the pleasure to work and assist with the development of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. I could not be happier to see these dispensaries opening and helping the sick get relief. However, a problem has developed that will make it very difficult for many of the patients who most need the medicine to receive it.
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US PA: A Vancouver Cop Tells Philadelphia Why He Changed His Mind On

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Apr 2018 - At the height of a heroin epidemic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Inspector Bill Spearn -- then a rookie cop -- was assigned to a beat in the heart of the crisis. It was 1996, and though he had been responding to overdose after overdose in Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's poorest postal codes, Spearn wanted no part of the harm-reduction measures the city was considering to save the lives of people in addiction.
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CN BC: Researchers Look At Cannabis And Prescription Heroin To Tackle

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:00
Vancouver Courier, 04 Apr 2018 - Studies show controlled drug use can reduce consumption of street drugs As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.
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Marijuana publications proving to be a pot of gold - New York Post

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:42

Marijuana publications proving to be a pot of gold
New York Post
GRD, a 3-year-old cannabis news website that bills itself as the official resource of daily news for all things weed, claims to pull in 9.5 million page views a month. Meanwhile, Tom Florio, CEO of ENTtech Media, which last year purchased Paper ...

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Calgary city council passes bylaw prohibiting marijuana consumption in public - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:31

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Calgary city council passes bylaw prohibiting marijuana consumption in public
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When cannabis becomes legal later this year, Calgarians wanting to light up a joint will be confined to their private homes in order to do so. By a vote of 10-4 on Thursday, Calgary city council prohibited the public consumption of marijuana in the ...
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Binge Drinking Rates Drop In States With Recreational Marijuana Laws - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 17:46

Forbes

Binge Drinking Rates Drop In States With Recreational Marijuana Laws
Forbes
It seems that binge drinking is on the decline in states that have legal marijuana laws on the books. More specifically, it is those states like Colorado and Washington, some of the first U.S. jurisdictions to legalize for recreational use, where binge ...
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WeHo Rolls Out Licenses For Cannabis Consumption Lounges - Eater LA

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:15

Eater LA

WeHo Rolls Out Licenses For Cannabis Consumption Lounges
Eater LA
West Hollywood released details on how to secure one of the 40 coveted licenses required to open a cannabis-related business. Yesterday's announcement outlines the process which will result in a significant expansion of the city's cannabis industry ...

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'420 is gunna be ruined,' Nebraska trooper tweets after $1 million marijuana busts - Wichita Eagle

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:10

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'420 is gunna be ruined,' Nebraska trooper tweets after $1 million marijuana busts
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Troopers seized 381 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1.14 million in two separate traffic stops in Hamilton County 5 minutes apart, the State Patrol said in a release. In the first stop, a 2018 GMC Yukon was pulled over for ...
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Conservative senators travel to Washington to talk marijuana with ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:09

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Conservative senators travel to Washington to talk marijuana with ...
CBC.ca
Three Conservative-appointed senators were in Washington D.C. this week for meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials to discuss Canada's plan to legalize recreational cannabis use.
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A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers - New York Times

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:10

New York Times

A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers
New York Times
By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety ...
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New Momentum for Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

Alternet - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:26
Can medication assisted treatment--otherwise known as opioid maintenance therapy--win broader acceptance from prison officials?

This story is part of an occasional series on the opioid crisis.

From the moment they are arrested, people with an addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers and those who are taking medications to beat their addictions face the prospect of painful opioid withdrawal.

At least a quarter of the people in U.S. prisons and jails are addicted to opioids. Those who are released rejoin their communities with dangerously reduced tolerance and nothing to blunt their drug cravings, making them highly susceptible to a deadly overdose.

But new scientific evidence and a recently announced federal investigation may soften prison officials’ long-held opposition to medication-assisted treatment.

Rhode Island is the only state that provides all three FDA-approved addiction medications, methadone, buprenorphine and a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone known as Vivitrol, to all inmates. A recent study in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry found that opioid overdose deaths dropped by nearly two-thirdsamong recently incarcerated people in the first year of a new program that screens and provides addiction medicines to all state inmates.

According to the study by Brown University researchers, the program not only reduces overdose deaths after the inmates are released, but also increases the likelihood they will stay in treatment and avoid getting arrested again.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, which doesn’t provide methadone or buprenorphine to inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether corrections officials are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing inmates who were taking those addiction medicines when they entered prison to stop taking them while incarcerated.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a corrections bill that would require the state’s prisons and jails to offer all three FDA-approved medications.

A similar proposal is advancing in Connecticut, which has provided methadone to some inmates in some jails for six years. The bill there would expand the program to all medications for all inmates.  

And at the federal level, President Donald Trump promised last month to screen every federal inmate — roughly 180,000 people — for opioid addiction and provide Vivitrol in residential treatment centers prior to release. Trump also called for more federal support for state, local and tribal drug courts to help provide “evidence-based treatment as an alternative to or in conjunction with incarceration, or as a condition of supervised release.”

Opposition Within

Fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails, housing more than 2 million inmates, allow access to the FDA-approved medication, even though medical societies, addiction experts and correctional health organizations support their use.

Finding the money to fund correctional drug treatment programs is a challenge in many states. But research shows that the cost of providing addiction medications in correctional facilities is outweighed over time by savings in both future health care and incarceration costs.

“In fact, not treating inmates with the community standard of care for addiction should be considered a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment,” said Josiah Rich, a Brown University professor of medicine and epidemiology who coauthored the recent study of Rhode Island’s treatment program.

Standing in the way are sheriffs and other prison officials, who argue that allowing treatment inside prisons with methadone or buprenorphine — both narcotics that can be abused — will lead to the drugs being diverted within the prison and possibly to illicit street markets.

In Barnstable County, Massachusetts, for example, Sheriff James Cummings said he would not allow buprenorphine to be dispensed in his jail because it is considered contraband.

“We ruled out buprenorphine because it doesn’t work for the people we deal with,” Cummings said. “Inmates try to smuggle it into the facility every day. It’s a narcotic. They use it until they can get their next heroin fix so they don’t get sick and they sell it to get money to buy more heroin. It’s not a good fit.”

Instead, Barnstable in 2012 added Vivitrol to its re-entry program for opioid-addicted inmates who are scheduled to leave within the next two weeks. Cummings said the program has reduced overdose deaths and repeat offenses.

In general, Vivitrol is an easier sell in most prisons and jails, said Andrew Klein, who runs a Justice Department program aimed at getting more drug treatment into correctional facilities. But it’s not the best medication for everyone, he said.

In fact, nearly all corrections officials reject the use of either methadone or buprenorphine behind prison walls. That’s despite a history of research showing both medicines are highly effective at eliminating cravings, preventing overdoses and keeping people in recovery from opioid addiction.

Methadone has been used for addiction treatment almost exclusively in highly regulated clinics since its introduction in 1964. Buprenorphine has been available by prescription since 2002.

A Missed Opportunity

At least 1 in 5 incarcerated people are imprisoned because of drug charges, but in many states, even more inmates are addicted to heroin and other opioids.

In Connecticut, for example, at least 30 percent of the state’s 14,000 inmates are addicted to opioids, according to Kathleen Maurer, the medical director for the state’s corrections department.

Nationwide, a quarter of heroin addicts pass through the corrections system each year, according to a study in the Journal for Opioid Management.

This presents a huge opportunity to quell the opioid epidemic and prevent thousands of overdose deaths. Cut off from their drug supply, inmates are more likely to opt for addiction medications than people who haven’t been incarcerated, particularly when the medications can help them avoid painful withdrawal symptoms, according to Rich.

In addition, providing the medications and ensuring compliance should be much easier in the controlled environment of prisons and jails, said Dr. Kevin Fiscella, an addiction specialist who advises the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, which accredits prison health programs. “There is no better place to intervene in an individual’s addiction than in corrections.”

Yet very few correctional facilities offer it.

Methadone, the oldest and most researched addiction medication, is available in only 22 of the nation’s 3,300 local jails and even fewer of its prisons, according to Klein.

Five states — Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington — offer both methadone and buprenorphine to some inmates at one or more prisons or jails. Only Rhode Island offers all three medications to all inmates in all of its prisons and jails.

And in about 200 jails in about 40 states, naltrexone is offered to inmates who are close to being released, under programs primarily sponsored by its manufacturer, according to Klein.

The online news site Vox recently published original research showing that a smaller number of states offer naltrexone in their prisons.

Under an executive order issued by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in 2016, the state not only continues medications for those who enter incarceration on an addiction drug, but also offers medication to prisoners who, after a substance abuse screening at intake, are deemed to need it. Rhode Island is spending $2 million annually on the program.

According to Traci Green, the lead author of the Rhode Island study and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Brown University, “The great hope is that we can take what we’ve learned in prisons and jails and transplant it to other places in the community such as hospital emergency departments, where we’re also touching the lives of people who use drugs.”

“The good news for other states,” she said, “is that what we’ve done here is entirely replicable.”

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