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US IL: Giving Addicted Inmates Opioid Meds Behind Bars Can Reduce

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:00
Chicago Tribune, 06 Jul 2018 - DEATHS Why don't more jails use them? After Neila Rivera began using heroin as a teenager, she fell into a predictable and depressing pattern. She'd get locked up and go through detox, only to return to drugs as soon as she got out.
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US FL: Federal Law? State Law? Which Takes Precedence When You Want

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:00
Sun-Sentinel, 09 Jul 2018 - WITH CANNABIS? You can't take it with you. Actually, you can. But it's not a good idea when you're traveling, especially for the risk-averse. We speak, of course, of cannabis; its use was approved by 57% of California voters in November 2016. Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, allows the recreational use of marijuana in the Golden State; medical marijuana had been legal for about a decade before that.
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Myths and misconceptions about cannabis - Jamaica Observer

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 22:07

Jamaica Observer

Myths and misconceptions about cannabis
Jamaica Observer
T here have been many misconceptions, misunderstandings and disinformation surrounding cannabis. Furthermore, some people determine their attitudes towards cannabis based on generalisations that arise from the use of the plant and its products.

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Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati's first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards - Cincinnati.com

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 19:11

Cincinnati.com

Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati's first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards
Cincinnati.com
He had been thinking about what to do next in medicine, “and then the medical cannabis thing came along.” On indeed.com, Thress spotted a help-wanted ad from OhioMedicalMarijuanaCard.com, a chain of offices in Ohio's major cities staffed with doctors ...

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Where you'll be able to legally smoke marijuana in Saskatchewan in ... - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:46

Globalnews.ca

Where you'll be able to legally smoke marijuana in Saskatchewan in ...
Globalnews.ca
In Saskatoon, anywhere you're not allowed to smoke or vape, a person won't be able to spark up some marijuana either.
Residences lone location for cannabis consumption ...SwiftCurrentOnline.com

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Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital - BBC News - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:06

BBC News

Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital - BBC News
BBC News
A seven-year-old girl who is waiting to hear if she can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil has been admitted to intensive care. Sophia Gibson, from ...
Family battle for medical cannabis as Sophia (7) fights for lifeThe Irish News

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Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis - Nature.com

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:14

Nature.com

Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis
Nature.com
Legal hurdles to exploring marijuana's medicinal properties might soon fall in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) first approval of a cannabis-derived drug. On 25 June, the FDA announced its approval of Epidiolex — a treatment for ...
Can Cannabis Help With Anxiety?Forbes
Governor signs bill approving first medicine made from marijuanaSanta Rosa Press Democrat
SLED against legalizing medical marijuana and talks concerns about CBD productsWBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

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'Overdose Prevention’ Bill Would Actually Increase Overdoses by Driving People Out of Treatment

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:42
Drug treatment and recovery groups are lining up against the measure, which strips drug patients of crucial privacy protections.

A bill ostensibly intending to reduce opioid overdoses passed the House last month, but rather than cheering it on, drug treatment and recovery advocates are lining up to block it in the Senate. That's because instead of being aimed at reducing overdoses, the bill is actually a means of removing patient privacy protections from some of the most vulnerable people with opioid problems, including people using methadone-assisted therapy to control their addictions.

And that, advocates say, is likely to increase—not decrease—opioid overdoses by pushing users away from drug treatment out of fear the information they reveal could be used against them. The fear is real: Unlike other medical conditions, drug addiction leaves patients open to criminal prosecution, as well as stigmatization and other negative social consequences if their status as drug treatment or maintenance patients is revealed.

This bill, H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, would remove drug treatment patients' ability to control the disclosure of information to health plans, health care providers, and other entities, leaving them with only the lesser privacy protections afforded to all patients under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.

"The confidentiality law is often the only shield between an individual in recovery and the many forms of discrimination that could irreparably damage their lives and future," said Paul Samuels, president and director of the Legal Action Center. "Unfortunately, there is a very real danger of serious negative consequences for people whose history of substance use disorder is disclosed without their explicit consent."

The Legal Action Center is spearheading the effort to block this bill with the Campaign to Protect Patients' Privacy Rights, which counts more than a hundred organizations, including the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, AIDS United, Community Catalyst, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Facing Addiction, Harm Reduction Coalition, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery, and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

The current patient privacy protections, known as 42 C.F.R. Part 2 ("Part 2"), were established more than 40 years ago to ensure that people with a substance use disorder (SUD) are not made more vulnerable to discriminatory practices and legal consequences as a result of seeking treatment. The rules prevent treatment providers from disclosing information about a patient’s substance use treatment without patient consent in most circumstances. The bill’s plan to replace Part 2’s confidentiality requirements with HIPAA’s more relaxed standards would not sufficiently protect people seeking and receiving SUD treatment and could expose patients to great harm, the advocates charge.

"They should call this the Taking Away Protections Act," said Jocelyn Woods, head of the National Alliance for Medication-Assisted Recovery. "People will be afraid to go into treatment. I'm getting emails from people who want to leave treatment before this happens. If I were going into a program and they can't tell me my information will be safe, I would think about turning around and walking out," she told the Independent Media Institute.

"Many of us would not have gone to treatment or accepted services if we thought that our information would have been shared with other entities without our permission. We would not have put our careers, reputation or families at risk of stigma and discrimination if we were not assured that information about our substance use disorder was safe and would only be shared with our consent," added Patty McCarthy Metcalf, executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery.

The push for the bill is being led by health information software companies and behavioral health providers, such as Hazelden and the Betty Ford Center, and it prioritizes convenience over patient privacy.

"This is because the behavioral health people see complying with the privacy requirements as a pain in the ass," said Woods. "They're going to have to fix their computer systems to block out any treatment program licensed by the federal government—not just methadone programs—and they don't want to do that. One of the software companies, Netsmart, complained that they don't want to mess with their programming," she said.

"We need Part 2," Woods continued. "It keeps police out of the program. Without it, police can walk right in. They already sit outside methadone clinics and bust people for DUI on the way out. If this passes, they will walk right in. If the police see anyone they think has a warrant or committed a crime, they're gone.”

While the bill has made its way through the House, advocates are hopeful it will stall in the Senate.  

"The House pushed this through because they wanted to look like they were doing something and because the behavioral health people were pushing for it," Woods said, "but my sense is that it's moving slowly in the Senate. We have this crazy president, and there's immigration, and the congressional break, and then campaign season. My hope is we can push this past the elections and a blue wave in November will give us a fighting chance."

But the campaign isn't taking any chances and is mobilized to fight on the Hill in the next few months to block the bill. As Mark Parrino, president of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, warned: "In the midst of the worst opioid epidemic in our nation’s history, we cannot afford to have patients fearful of seeking treatment because they do not have faith that their confidentiality will be protected."

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Fort McMurray bans public consumption of cannabis - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:29

Edmonton Journal

Fort McMurray bans public consumption of cannabis
Edmonton Journal
Fort McMurray — Consuming or producing cannabis publicly in Wood Buffalo will not be allowed after the municipal council unanimously passed three bylaws regarding marijuana regulation at a special council meeting Monday. Council also passed bylaws ...

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OH: Columbus News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News - WSYX

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:48
OH: Columbus News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News - WSYX (US) Sickle cell patients feel the effects of the opioid crackdown Congress trying to help those forced to raise grandchildren due to the opioid epidemic Whitehall's battle against opioid epidemic includes controversial approach ... (Tue Jul 10 08:48:35 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: The World-Spectator - Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:45
world-spectator.com (US) The Saskatchewan government is putting rules in place to regulate where and when cannabis can be consumed in Saskatchewan. (Tue Jul 10 02:45:21 2018 PDT)
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FL: Prescription Law Might be Good for Opioid Crisis, Bad for Doctors and Patients - Health - 90.7 WMFE

Drug News Bot - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:35
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OH: Medical marijuana hoped to grow Ravenna Township economy - News - Record-Courier - Kent, OH

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:32
record-courier.com (US) Is the first marijuana cultivator in the state to be cleared for growing medical marijuana. (Tue Jul 10 18:32:44 2018 PDT)
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FL: Florida's First Needle Exchange Program Will Begin Delivering "Revival Drug" To Parts Of Miami - WLRN

Drug News Bot - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:32
wlrn.org (US) Florida's First Needle Exchange Program Will Begin Delivering "Revival Drug" To Parts Of Miami ! WLRN Florida's First Needle Exchange Program Will Begin Delivering "Revival Drug" To Parts Of Miami Carlos Padron. (Tue Jul 10 19:32:57 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(70%), $harm_reduction(100%), $syringe_exchange(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $opioid_narcotic_analgesic(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $naloxone(100%), $heroin(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $carfentanil(100%), $morphine(100%), $paraphernalia(70%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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FL: Opioid Abuse - WLRN

Drug News Bot - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:32
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OH: Medical marijuana hoped to grow Ravenna Township economy - News - Record-Courier - Kent, OH

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OH: Norwalk Reflector: Turns out Roseanne Barr isn't giving another TV interview after all

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OH: Norwalk Reflector: Entertainment

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