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OR: CANNABIS - yes or no? - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:07
nuggetnews.com (US) CANNABIS - yes or no? - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon CANNABIS - yes or no? Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuana dispensaries to open for business, as did the... (Sun Jun 24 22:07:45 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(55%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $school(100%), $legalism(50%)]
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OR: Opinions - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:07
nuggetnews.com (US) CANNABIS - yes or no? Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuana dispensaries to open for business, as did the entire state of Oregon. Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuan... (Sun Jun 24 22:07:45 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(85%), $propaganda_theme2(85%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(75%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $youth(75%), $school(100%)]
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CANADA: Page not found - canada.com

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:07
o.canada.com (US) Interactive: What illegal drugs cost on the street around the world (Sun Jun 24 02:07:03 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(100%), $alcohol(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%)]
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CANADA: Canadian winemakers uncork ad campaign to 'Free My Grapes'

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:05
burnabynow.com Cannabis dispensaries get real Oct. 17, 2018; municipal leaders can't wait ... (Sun Jun 24 02:05:57 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Canadian winemakers uncork ad campaign to 'Free My Grapes'

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:05
burnabynow.com Cannabis dispensaries get real Oct. 17, 2018; municipal leaders can't wait ... (Sun Jun 24 02:05:57 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $chemicals(85%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(85%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(85%), $cannabis(100%), $youth(70%), $school(100%)]
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TOP: Travel - The Boston Globe

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:03
TOP: Travel - The Boston Globe (US) [ ...] ... (Sun Jun 24 14:03:47 2018 PDT)
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TOP: The Pot Issue - The Boston Globe

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:03
TOP: The Pot Issue - The Boston Globe (US) We need to have more people willing to come out of the cannabis closet.&rdquo. (Sun Jun 24 14:03:47 2018 PDT)
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600-Pound Heroin Spoon Sculpture Placed Outside OxyContin Creator's Corporate Headquarters by Protesters

Alternet - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 20:05
The sculpture remained in place for over two hours before city workers arrived to remove it.

Addiction profiteer and OxyContin creator Purdue Pharma just can’t get a break. The privately held pill-pusher palace faces myriad lawsuits for being a driving force in the addiction crisis currently gripping the nation, most recently coming from the state of Massachusetts on June 12. Then, the opiate factory announced massive layoffs this week, the second such move of 2018, along with a focus shift to drugs that actually help people rather than kill them.

Just days after the layoffs were announced, employees at the family-owned death factory arrived Friday to find a most challenging piece of street art outside of the Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters of the company who still totally sells addictive painkillers: a nearly 600-pound sculpture of a heroin spoon, bent and dirty with residue.

Massachusetts artist Domenic Esposito tells the Hartford Courier that his sculpture represents addiction as an epidemic, as well as paying tribute both to his brother’s 14-year struggle with addiction, and his mother who always finds the dirty spoons that signal his relapses. 

Esposito said his brother started with OxyContin and Percocet and moved to heroin.

“People say [OxyContin and Percocet] aren’t a big deal, but then you’re hooked and you run out of money and you turn to heroin.

“My mom would call me in a panic ... screaming she found another burnt spoon,” Esposito said. “This is a story thousands of families go through. He’s lucky to be alive.”

The Danbury News-Times reports that the sculpture was installed as part of the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery’s “Opioid: Express Yourself” multimedia exhibit. Strategically placed by Alvarez to block both a driveway and a sidewalk, the sculpture, called “Purdue,” remained in place for over two hours before city workers arrived to remove it.

Alvarez was arrested for both a misdemeanor—for putting the sculpture outside the painkiller palace and thus blocking traffic—and a felony, for (amicably) refusing to remove it under police orders. 

Purdue Pharma issued a predictably meaningless statement in response to the installation.

“We share the protesters’ concern about the opioid crisis, and respect their right to peacefully express themselves. Purdue is committed to working collaboratively with those affected by this public health crisis on meaningful solutions to help stem the tide of opioid-related overdose deaths.”

The “Purdue” spoon remains in police custody.

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Physical Therapy Can Lower Need for Opioids — But Many People Can't Afford It

Alternet - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 19:34
Many people addicted to opioids are first exposed through a medical prescription for pain.

Physical therapists help people walk again after a stroke and recover after injury or surgery, but did you know they also prevent exposure to opioids? This is timely, given we are in a public health emergency related to an opioid crisis.

Many people addicted to opioids are first exposed through a medical prescription for pain. Opiate-based drugs provide relief for acute conditions, such as post-surgical pain.

Unfortunately, the effectiveness of opioids decreases after time, requiring higher doses of the drug for the same effects and, perhaps counter-intuitively, worsening pain in some people. Many people progress from this prescription to other opiate derivatives, including heroin and fentanyl. As a result, a growing emphasis has been placed on nonpharmacological alternatives to opioids.

I am a physical therapist and I have studied non-pharmacological methods of preventing the transition from acute to chronic pain. It’s an exciting time for the field, because practice and research are showing that physical therapy could diminish the need for opioids, and thus lower the risk of addiction.

Reducing initial exposures to opioids

Part of the proposed solution to the opioid crisis is to limit new opioid exposures. Physical therapists are an important part of this process. And it is not just physical therapists who are saying this.

A letter to the president from the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis stated, “individuals with acute or chronic pain must have access to non-opioid pain management options. Everything from physical therapy, to non-opioid medications, should be easily accessible as an alternative to opioids.” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoed this call for alternative treatments, including physical therapists.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued prescribing guidelines in 2016 that recommend physical therapists be considered a first-line treatment for people with chronic pain conditions.

Research supports these positions, including research papers studying opioid use for common musculoskeletal pain conditions like back, knee and neck pain.

These studies show quite convincingly that the probability of receiving a prescription for opioids is 89 percent lower for people seeing a physical therapist for pain. Seeing the physical therapist sooner, rather than later, makes this protective effect even greater.

Why don’t more people see a physical therapist?

People in pain can go directly to a physical therapist in every state. So why don’t more people to do this? The simple answer: time and money.

Steven George, the director of musculoskeletal research for the Duke Clinical Research Institute, recently wrote, “Our existing health care system is designed to treat pain through easily delivered products, like opioids, injections and surgery,” suggesting that alternatives are not as easily delivered.

Only about 10 percent of people who see a physician for back pain get referred to a physical therapist. Only 37 percent of those people actually go. The process to make an appointment can be lengthy and time-consuming, and insurance companies often slow down the process. Some HMO insurance plans require that physical therapy treatment be certified as medically necessary, or they will not pay. And, there’s another step: pre-authorization. This, too, delays the access to covered care even more. For a person in pain and in need of help, this is a deterrent. It’s much easier to ask for a pill.

Then there is the cost. Physical therapists are often classified as specialists, so co-payments may be as high as US$75 a visit. The average patient with back pain sees a physical therapist for seven visits. Even with insurance coverage, this episode of care still will cost the person over US$500 out of pocket compared to the cost of a single primary care visit and prescription. Several states, including Kentucky, have enacted laws limiting co-payment for many services. One of the recommendations from the President’s Commission was that alternatives to opioids, including physical therapy, should be adequately covered by payers. These recommendations have yet to be acted upon.

So what does all of this mean for people in pain? First, seeing a physical therapist is effective for many pain conditions. Second, getting to a physical therapist sooner rather than later decreases the use of opioid medication. The current health care system must change in order for people in pain to access this safe and effective non-opioid alternative for pain management.

Mark Bishop, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Florida

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Oklahoma conservatives' views on medical marijuana evolving - Religion News Service

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 16:57

Religion News Service

Oklahoma conservatives' views on medical marijuana evolving
Religion News Service
Oklahoma's State Question 788, the result of an activist-led signature drive, would allow physicians to approve medical marijuana licenses for people to legally grow, keep and use cannabis. The proposal outlines no qualifying medical conditions to ...
SQ788 opponents cite language of measure rather than decry medical marijuana itselfTulsa World

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City releases list of cannabis retail applicants - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 16:39

CTV News

City releases list of cannabis retail applicants
CTV News
More than 200 individuals and businesses in Edmonton have applied to sell cannabis once it becomes legal in October. The City of Edmonton received a total of 242 applications. Each applicant will meet individually with the city. Those who receive a ...

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Some companies forgo marijuana testing as more states legalize - NBCNews.com

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 16:00

NBCNews.com

Some companies forgo marijuana testing as more states legalize
NBCNews.com
Some companies forgo marijuana testing as more states legalize. Sat, Jun 23. As marijuana is legalized in more states and employers look to entice workers, some companies are doing away with testing for pot unless a worker is found to be high on the job.

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First marijuana-derived drug is on the verge of approval - NOLA.com

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 15:13

NOLA.com

First marijuana-derived drug is on the verge of approval
NOLA.com
GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex is a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without TCH, which has reduced seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday, April 17, 2018 ...

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Nunavut's new official name for cannabis — 'surrarnaqtuq' — leaves some with bad buzz - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 12:07

Toronto Star

Nunavut's new official name for cannabis — 'surrarnaqtuq' — leaves some with bad buzz
Toronto Star
In southern Canada, cannabis is almost interchangeably referred to as marijuana, weed or pot. Nunavut's Inuit majority, whose mother tongue is Inuktitut, have also come up with a variety of terms for the pungent plant north of the Arctic Circle. One of ...

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Quebec landlords more worried than ever about cannabis legalization - Montreal Gazette

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 06:49

Montreal Gazette

Quebec landlords more worried than ever about cannabis legalization
Montreal Gazette
According to a survey conducted this month by the Corporation des propriétaires immobiliers du Québec (CORPIQ), 85 per cent of landlords are worried about the impacts that legalization will have on managing their rental properties. This is a sharp ...

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Marijuana and the workplace: Time to reboot our thinking - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:01

The Globe and Mail

Marijuana and the workplace: Time to reboot our thinking
The Globe and Mail
Peter Blecher is the chief medical officer of Starseed Medicinal, a Canadian licensed producer of medical cannabis, an emergency room physician and a medical director for CPM Centres for Pain Management. Two major milestones were reached in the past ...

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Marijuana allergy: Common symptoms and treatments - Regina Leader-Post

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 02:01

Regina Leader-Post

Marijuana allergy: Common symptoms and treatments
Regina Leader-Post
There are people who could smoke 5 g a day for decades and not even flinch (they might be the majority), but then, there are those unlucky few who develop an allergic reaction to cannabis and end up giving up smoking altogether. I mean, how many wipes ...

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FL: Children present during drug raid at Mangonia Park home, 3 arrested

Drug News Bot - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 01:56
wpbf.com (US) A woman and two men were arrested on Wednesday after the Palm Beach County SWAT team and local drug task forces raided a home in Mangonia Park. (Sat Jun 23 19:56:15 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme1(55%), $propaganda_theme5(80%), $propaganda_theme6(55%), $dehumanization(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $anxiolytic(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $sedative(100%), $analgesic(100%), $opioid(100%), $tranquilizer(100%), $stimulant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $cocaine(100%), $crack(100%), $heroin(100%), $alprazolam(100%), $benzodiazepine(100%), $oxycodone(100%), $OxyContin(100%), $paraphernalia(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(80%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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FL: Wendy's workers accused of dealing meth - Story - WOFL

Drug News Bot - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 01:53
fox35orlando.com (US) S restaurant face criminal charges after investigators say they were caught dealing methamphetamine out of the fast food restaurant. (Sat Jun 23 19:53:46 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(60%)]
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CANADA: Doug Ford wants consultations on cannabis sales in Ontario

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 01:49
weyburnreview.com Who was elected this month. The federal government announced this week that Canadians will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana starting Oct. 17. (Sat Jun 23 02:49:58 2018 PDT)
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