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CANADA: B.C. health official wants to put safe and common opioid in vending machines - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Funding to expand access to hydromorphone would first be used to distribute pills through supportive housing units that also dispense methadone and suboxone as well as through a nurse at supervised injection sites before they are sold through vending machines. (Fri Dec 22 02:05:56 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $use_is_abuse(95%), $propaganda_theme4(95%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $harm_reduction(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $anxiolytic(100%), $analgesic(100%), $antitussive(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $methadone(100%), $buprenorphine(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $hydromorphone(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $aggrandizement(100%), $meeting(95%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Billion-dollar catch: Record 1.2 tonnes of meth seized in WA

Drug News Bot - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Billion-dollar catch: Record 1.2 tonnes of meth seized in WA Eight men have been charged after a staggering 1.2 tonnes of meth was intercepted in WA - the biggest seizure in Australian history. (Fri Dec 22 01:05:36 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(65%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $dehumanization(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(95%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Australia's biggest ever meth haul

Drug News Bot - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Australia's biggest ever meth haul Billion-dollar catch: Record 1.2 tonnes of meth seized in WA (Fri Dec 22 01:05:36 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $dehumanization(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Mum visits Australian drug suspect in Bali

Drug News Bot - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Mum visits Australian drug suspect in Bali ... (Fri Dec 22 01:05:36 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Australia's biggest ever meth haul

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smh.com.au (US) Australia's biggest ever meth haul ... (Fri Dec 22 01:05:36 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%)]
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OR: RL -- Power 94

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:01
power94.fm Bend woman arrested for selling heroin out of a retirement center A 30-year-old Bend woman has been arrested for selling heroin out of the Pilot Butte Retirement Center. ... (Fri Dec 22 22:01:10 2017 PST)
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OR: RL -- Power 94

Drug News Bot - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:01
power94.fm Bend woman arrested for selling heroin out of a retirement center A 30-year-old Bend woman has been arrested for selling heroin out of the Pilot Butte Retirement Center. ... (Fri Dec 22 22:01:10 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme8(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(100%), $secret_evidence(50%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $anxiolytic(100%), $sedative(100%), $analgesic(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $tranquilizer(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $cannabis(100%), $alprazolam(100%), $benzodiazepine(100%)]
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Part 1, Welcome to Best in State: 2017 - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:44

Leafly

Part 1, Welcome to Best in State: 2017
Leafly
Our Best in State series spotlights the top cannabis dispensaries, companies, products, and activities in the largest cannabis markets in 2017. 2017 was an incredible year for cannabis. We saw the opening of new legal cannabis markets (both medical and ...

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Massachusetts Panel OKs Draft Cannabis Regulations - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:31

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Massachusetts Panel OKs Draft Cannabis Regulations
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Massachusetts Panel OKs Draft Cannabis Regulations. The Associated Press. December 21, 2017. (DenisTangneyJr/iStock). BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana regulators have signed off on a wide-ranging set of rules for the recreational cannabis industry in ...
Health benefits of marijuana: what we learned in in 2017 - Business ...Business Insider
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Marijuana yoga and craft cooperatives: A look at Massachusetts ...MassLive.com
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Illegal cannabis dispensaries shut down by police, charges pending ... - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:16

CBC.ca

Illegal cannabis dispensaries shut down by police, charges pending ...
Edmonton Journal
City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis dispensaries, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.“I really wanted to be a role model for the city and to get this done right.
Edmonton police raid grow-op and cannabis distribution centre ...CBC.ca
Charges pending against Edmonton marijuana dispensaries ...Globalnews.ca
Charges laid after two illegal cannabis dispensaries foundCTV News
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How to Make the Most of Cannabis Plant Count Grow Limits - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:54

Leafly

How to Make the Most of Cannabis Plant Count Grow Limits
Leafly
Second, growers who use perpetual harvesting will always have fresh cannabis on hand. As opposed to a single harvest, which can leave a grower high and dry for long periods of time, the perpetual grower always has a new crop on deck to work with. Every ...

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Hajdu hosts marijuana roundtable - Tbnewswatch.com

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:32

Tbnewswatch.com

Hajdu hosts marijuana roundtable
Tbnewswatch.com
“It is actually harder to young people, for teenagers, to get alcohol than it is marijuana,” she said. However, the roundtable, held at the Moose Hall, was more about taking down concerns than it was about providing answers. Still, it's an important ...

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The problem with cities asking for a share of the marijuana tax - Macleans.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:06

Macleans.ca

The problem with cities asking for a share of the marijuana tax
Macleans.ca
11, the federal government struck a generous deal with its provinces and territories to give them 75 per cent of marijuana tax revenue to help cover the costs for policing, health and education programs. It's being hailed as a step in the right ...

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Make This Cannabis-Infused Cannoli Cream - Lifehacker Australia

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:05

Lifehacker Australia

Make This Cannabis-Infused Cannoli Cream
Lifehacker Australia
Make This Cannabis-Infused Cannoli Cream · Danielle Guercio · 2 minutes ago · Filed to: Marijuana Filed to: Marijuana · Marijuana · Cannabis · Pot · cannoli · Edibles · desserts · Food · Cooking · Holidays · Italian · Pastry. Edit; Send to Editors ...

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Legal Pot: Mexico to Sell Marijuana Food and Drinks

Alternet - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:39
Cannabis-based foods, drinks, medicines and cosmetics are coming to the Mexican market.

 

 

Legal pot: Mexico to sell marijuana food and drinks

Mexico is set to legalize the sale of marijuana-based products early next year, despite the country’s struggles with the illicit drug trade. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health regulator announced plans ...

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U.S. Life Expectancy Down for Second Year in a Row Amid Opioid Crisis

Alternet - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:07
Decline marks first time in half a century that longevity has declined for two years in a row – with drug overdoses "the key driver," researcher says.

Life expectancy in the US has declined for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the nation.

It is the first time in half a century that there have been two consecutive years of declining life expectancy.

Drug overdoses killed 63,600 Americans in 2016, an increase of 21% over the previous year, researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found.

Americans can now expect to live 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 years. The US last experienced two years’ decline in a row in 1963, during the height of the tobacco epidemic and amid a wave of flu.

“We do occasionally see a one-year dip, even that doesn’t happen that often, but two years in a row is quite striking,” said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch with the National Center for Health Statistics. “And the key driver of that is the increase in drug overdose mortality.”

Especially disconcerting, said Anderson, was preliminary data researchers received about overdoses in 2017: “It doesn’t look any better.” Together, the drug overdose epidemic and a plateau in improved mortality rates from cardiovascular disease are “affecting the entire national picture”.

“We haven’t seen more than two years in a row in declining life expectancy since the Spanish flu – 100 years ago,” said Anderson. “We would be entering that sort of territory, which is extremely concerning.”

Widely available prescription painkillers opened the gates for a new universe of legal and illegal opioid abuse beginning in about 1999. The number of Americans killed by overdoses has increased each year since then. As of 2015, more than half a million Americans had died from drug overdoses.

This is going to take a good 10 to 20 years to really turn around

Anna Lembke, addiction expert

The new data from NCHS shows that powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have emerged as the latest threat. Between 2015 and 2016, the rate of deaths from synthetic opioids doubled, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 to 6.2.

In 2015, 16.3 people for every 100,000 living in the US died of a drug overdose. That rate increased by 21% in 2016, when 19.8 people for every 100,000 died of a drug overdose.

“What we’re seeing now is the second wave of this epidemic,” said Anna Lembke, a behavioral sciences professor at Stanford University and an addiction expert. “The first wave started with physicians overprescribing … The second wave has translated into widespread, increased use of illicit opioids, of heroin, of fentanyl, of heroin laced with fentanyl.”

Those numbers vary widely by age and geography. For example, while drug overdose death rates increased in every age demographic in 2016, people between 25 and 54 had the highest rates of overdoses, at 35 deaths per 100,000 people.

The five states with the worst death rates topped even those numbers. West Virginia nearly tripled the national average – 52 people for every 100,000 died of an overdose there. Ohio, New Hampshire, Washington DC and Pennsylvania followed: all hovered around 38 overdose deaths for every 100,000.

The life expectancy of men was especially affected in the US. Women’s life expectancy at birth remained at 81.1 years in 2016, but life expectancy for men declined by 0.2 years, to 76.1 years. It also made accidental death the third-leading cause of death in the US, replacing chronic lower respiratory disease.

“This is going to take a good 10 to 20 years to really turn around,” said Lembke.

“We’ve got multiple generations of people that are already addicted, and it’s going to be a real struggle to help those people.”

Despite years of warnings about the growing epidemic, congressional leaders have often failed to do more than convene commissions and panels and draw up white papers. Most recently, Donald Trump declared America’s overdose epidemic a public health emergency, but little new funding has materialized. Further, Republican proposals threatened to gut government health programs, such as Medicaid, that treat a disproportionate number of opioid addicts.

“One-time grants are ultimately not going to change the course of this epidemic,” said Lembke. “It’s going to require systemic changes, infrastructure changes, changes in the ways that healthcare delivery happens.”

Data in the latest NCHS report was collected from death certificates in all 50 states, and compiled into the National Vital Statistics System.

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MedReleaf signs agreement to supply marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:02

The Globe and Mail

MedReleaf signs agreement to supply marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart
The Globe and Mail
Medical marijuana producer MedReleaf says it has signed an agreement to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart. The company says it will supply Canada's largest pharmacy retailer with MedReleaf branded medical cannabis products ...
MedReleaf partners with Shoppers Drug Mart to sell medical ...Financial Post

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U.S. Government Lifts Ban on Making Viruses More Deadly and Transmissible

Alternet - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:13
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Some horror movie tropes just come off as unbelievable, they’re so ridiculous and overused. Like, “Girl who falls down for no apparent reason while being chased by a killer." Or, “Group of friends that decides to split up when it’s obvious being alone will get you murdered." And then there's this one: “Science laboratory creates horrible disease that will inevitably escape and kill all of humanity,” which might be the most unbelievable, since it defies both logic and actual laws. Or rather, it did until Tuesday, when the U.S. government announced it was lifting a three-year ban on federal funding for experiments that alter viruses to make them even deadlier.

“Gain-of-function” research, in which scientists make pathogens more powerful or easily transmissible, is aimed at preventing disease outbreaks by better understanding how they might occur. The studies allow scientists, working in a highly controlled environment, to learn how a flu virus might mutate into a superbug capable of killing millions—a sort of game of wits played to gain insight into nature’s unpredictability. The ultimate goal is to proactively create vaccines, medications and other solutions to stop contagion in its tracks.

The new National Institutes of Health policy reverses a 2014 Obama administration funding ban on gain-of-function research projects specifically involving all forms of the influenza virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The new rules would extend beyond those viruses, “apply[ing] to any pathogen that could potentially cause a pandemic,” according to the New York Times. “For example, they would apply to a request to create an Ebola virus transmissible through the air.”

Possibly aware that this sounds like the prologue to a very hacky horror movie, the NIH accompanied its announcement with a list of criteria that proposals must meet before funding will be granted. According to those terms, a panel will only greenlight projects if the work promises to yield practical solutions, such as an effective antiviral treatment; the research benefits must sufficiently outweigh the risks; and researchers must prove their experiment outcomes cannot be obtained using safer methodologies. Contenders will also have to prove their researchers and facilities “have the capacity to do the work safety and securely and to respond rapidly if there are any accidents, protocol lapses, or security breaches.”

“We have a responsibility to ensure that research with infectious agents is conducted responsibly, and that we consider the potential biosafety and biosecurity risks associated with such research,” NIH director Francis S. Collins said in a statement. “I am confident that the thoughtful review process...will help to facilitate the safe, secure, and responsible conduct of this type of research in a manner that maximizes the benefits to public health.”

Despite those reassurances, critics continue to express concern about potential mishaps. There’s some precedent for this. In 2014, CNN reported that dozens of workers at the CDC had been accidentally exposed to anthrax, while others had mishandled samples of the bacteria. No staff were found to be infected by the disease after prolonged monitoring. A Vice Motherboard report notes that between “2003 and 2009, there were 395 events reported that could have resulted in exposure to toxic agents, although this resulted in just seven infections.”

Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch offered tepid support, telling the Times the approval panels are "a small step forward,” but cautioning that gain-of-function experiments “have given us some modest scientific knowledge and done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemics, and yet risked creating an accidental pandemic.”

Conversely, Stony Brook University president and biomedical researcher Samuel Stanley worries that the NIH decision, after three years of funding prohibition in this area, may be too little and just a wee bit too late.

"There has been increased scrutiny of laboratories working in this area, which can lead to an even more robust culture of safety,” Stanley told NPR. “But I also fear that the moratorium may have delayed vital research. That could have long lasting effects on the field. I believe nature is the ultimate bioterrorist and we need to do all we can to stay one step ahead."

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AK: SitNews: Marijuana Control Board Revokes Frozen Budz Manufacturing License; Imposes $500,000 Fine

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:35
sitnews.us (US) The licensee disregarded marijuana industry regulations and put the public at significant risk by selling products that were not safe. (Thu Dec 21 18:35:52 2017 PST)
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AK: Napakiak River Report, Marijuana Laws, New Ambulance Open House, Best In The West... - KYUK

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:32
kyuk.org (US) Napakiak River Report, Marijuana Laws, New Ambulance Open House, Best In The West... ! KYUK Napakiak River Report, Marijuana Laws, New Ambulance Open House, Best In The West... Napakia... (Thu Dec 21 18:32:09 2017 PST)
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