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Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
States looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending and prescription drug use may want to turn to legalizing medical marijuana, a new study suggests. The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month. “The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million,” a press release on the findings stated. The researchers looked at prescriptions filled by Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (or Part D) enrollees from 2010 to 2013. They then narrowed the prescriptions down to ones that could be substituted with medical marijuana. Those prescriptions were for ailments that included anxiety, depression, glaucoma, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity. Their ...
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It Is Unclear How THC Ended Up In This Colorado Town's Water 22.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday. A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. “At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities,” the sheriff’s office said. “Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water.” Susan Kelly, the county’s public health director, said there were no reports of anyone falling ill or otherwise being affected by the tainted water. Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use. But it was unclear how THC got into the water, as there are no legal marijuana ...
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Responding to K2 with Facts Instead of Fear 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, New Yorkers awoke to news in the New York Times and New York Post that dozens of people in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn had severe reactions to a batch of K2, a commonly used name for synthetic cannabinoid products. This most recent outbreak follows a spate of emergency room admissions last summer centered on K2 use in East Harlem and unfortunately illustrate all too clearly the continued failure of our prohibitionist and punitive drug laws. The outbreak also serves as an important cautionary tale of basing policy on fear instead of facts. Synthetic cannabinoids, work by acting on various cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, their effects are different and often stronger than marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids in their original form are powder or liquid chemicals, sometimes sprayed on herbal matter and sold in packages. One of the main risks of use of K2, as well as other novel psychoactive substances (NPS), is that very little is actually known about their composition or their ...
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PRESUMED INNOCENT. FOUND DEAD. 14.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

The Huffington Post gathered names, causes of death, dates of arrest and death, and other data for more than 800 people who died in jails and police lockups in the year following Sandra Bland’s death on July 13, 2015.


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10 Smoke Signals Heralding The End Of Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition 13.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A little less than a year ago I wrote an article “ 10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke ” for the Huffington Post. While all the points in the article still reign true, I am happy to report that the list is still growing. In fact, there is so much happening on the topic that at times it is hard to keep up. Like the fact that today, Senator Lindsey Graham is holding a hearing on medical cannabis or that national polls show support for medical cannabis at 89% (81% for Republicans). Putting this article together gave me an opportunity step back and observe the landscape that medical cannabis policy has created. The work of medical cannabis advocates and brave legislators is truly saving lives. Positive outcomes from medical cannabis policies are driving more states to create and improve programs. With more than 300 million Americans living in the 42 states, along with D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, where some kind of medical cannabis law has been passed, there is a ...
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Monsanto, Bayer and the Push for Corporate Cannabis 8.7.2016 Truthout.com
The health benefits of cannabis are now well established. Powerful corporate interests no doubt had a hand in keeping cannabis off the market. The question now is why they have suddenly gotten on the bandwagon for its legalization. (Photo: Adria Vidal ) California's "Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year. The health benefits of cannabis are now well established.  As I analyzed previously , cannabis is a cheap, natural alternative effective for a broad range of conditions, and the non-psychoactive form known as hemp has thousands of industrial uses. At one time, cannabis was one of the world's most important crops. There have been  no recorded deaths from ...
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Democrats Dig In For Last Stand On Heroin Funding Fight 6.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As Senate Republicans prepare to push through a comprehensive bill aimed at combating the heroin epidemic, Democrats are girding for a final stand, warning that if the bill goes through in its current form, the last chance to sufficiently fund the effort will be gone. The concerns over cost threaten to derail a three-year effort, which is stumbling toward the finish line under the shadow of election-year politics. For Democrats, the political calculus is simple: Enacting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is perhaps the highest campaign priority of Senate Republicans, thanks to the boost it would give vulnerable incumbents like Rob Portman in Ohio and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire. Surely, Democrats reason, Republicans can cough up a billion dollars to walk away with the win. Republicans, meanwhile, warn that a billion-dollar opioid bill wouldn't make it through both chambers of Congress. They argue that Democrats would be foolish to lose the progress made in the current bill, the ...
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Climate Change This Week: Fossil Fuels Are Costing the US & World, Raising Royalties, and More! 6.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Brown to Green: fossil fuels to clean energy is the future. OO The World Is Nearing Peak Fossil Fuels (Especially The Developed World) - and not because of decreasing supplies, says a new Bloomberg analysis. Takeaways: Fossil fuels will peak by 2025 as clean energy becomes cheaper; Solar will be the least expensive form of electricity by 2030; by 2040, zero-emission forms of power will represent 60% of the global mix. For our children's sake, let's hope this happens faster. Michael Bloomberg Blooms Again as co-chairman of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. OO Cities Forge World's Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change - Takeaways: named the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; represents 7100+ cities in 119 countries on 6 contients, and 8 % of the world's population. Earth's cities consume 70% of the world's energy, and produce 75 % of our climate-changing emissions. Time to roll up your sleeves, mayors.... OO EU Smashes 2020 Emissions Target Six Years Early OO 72% of ...
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Here's The Draft Democratic Party Platform 2.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
38 Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Create Ladders of Opportunity 39 40 Democrats believe that everyone in America deserves the chance to live up to their God-given 41 potential. We will work to break down barriers standing in the way of Americans and replace 42 them with ladders of opportunity. 43 44 Racial Justice 45 Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society. We will challenge 46 and dismantle the structures that define lasting racial, economic, political, and social inequity. 1 Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all 2 institutions serving the public and in the formation of public policy. We will push for a societal 3 transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and there is no place for racism in our 4 country. 6 Racial Wealth Gap 7 America's economic inequality problem is even more pronounced ...
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Supervised Injection Facilities Are Safe Houses, Not Crack Houses 21.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SIFs are medically supervised sites where drug users are able to inject pre-obtained substances under the supervision of medical professionals who can administer the overdose reversal drug, Naloxone , as well as connect participants to treatment, detox, and other services . SIF supporters call them a necessary, common-sense public health intervention for curbing the incidence of death, disease, and infection associated with public injecting. Cities around the country, from Seattle , Baltimore , San Francisco , New York City , and even Ithaca, New York , are all making strides to establish the first legal site of its kind in the United States. While supervised injection facilities are nothing new , opening a SIF in the United States is part of a new wave of solutions grounded in compassion, reason and public health. Yet some Americans believe that the mainstreaming of the supervised injection facility conversation in the US is, arguably, prompted by the changing public face of the heroin epidemic. By all ...
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Health Canada considers allowing use of prescription heroin 10.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rey-2016-06-10a.mp3 There are encouraging signs that the Liberal government will take a radically different approach to harm reduction. Pivot Legal says prescription heroin is a crucial tool in addiction treatment. Doug King is a lawyer with Pivot Legal. He explains why access to diacetylmorphine is so important for chronic heroin addicts. Doug King speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular ...
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TODAY: Elected Officials, Community Members and Civil Rights Groups Demand Racial Equity in New York's Response to the Heroin and Opioid Crisis 9.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, elected officials, community members, civil rights and legal advocates, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of communities of color in Albany’s response to heroin and opioids. In the midst of the opioid crisis, lawmakers and the media have increasingly highlighted strategies that treat drug use as a public health issue. But despite the rhetoric, the overwhelming emphasis of New York drug policy remains on criminalization, which is disproportionately focused on people of color.

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When Someone You Love Dies in Police Custody and They Blame 'Excited Delirium' 7.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
by Tana Ganeva The following article first appeared on The Influence . Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Julie Cobio Firkins prayed and then walked into a room to watch her 33-year-old husband die. "The video that you're going to see is very sad," she remembers the officer warning her--twice--before playing footage from a police bodycam. But as the tape rolled, she had a different thought: "It was brutal, not sad." Why were all those officers tasing her husband, over and over, while he lay under a trailer truck? And why, once they had him in handcuffs, didn't they help him more when he cried out that he couldn't breathe? "If you're talking, you're breathing, dude," an officer said. *** On a clear, mild night in April 2013, at just after three, an Idaho man named Bobby Muse called 911 because he thought he heard a woman screaming. Two Nampa County police officers drove to a neighborhood in Nampa known to police as a place where trouble happens. But on their way to the call, officer Eric Duke noticed a ...
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Alabama Mom's Charges Are Dropped, but Only After an Arduous Battle 5.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Sixteen months after her arrest, Katie Darovitz -- one of at least 500 women prosecuted under Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation chemical endangerment law -- has had her case dismissed. Darovitz's story, first  chronicled by ProPublica  last year, was especially wrenching: She has severe epilepsy, and doctors told her that the medications she was using to treat her condition carry a risk of miscarriage and birth defects. When she got pregnant in 2014, she discovered marijuana could control her seizures and had not been associated with birth defects. But when she gave birth, hospital staffers turned over her positive marijuana screen to a social worker who turned it over to law enforcement officials. Two police officers showed up at the house Darovitz shared with her common-law husband and their two-week-old son, handcuffed her, and hauled her off to jail. Though her son, Will, was in good health, Darovitz was charged with a Class C felony -- punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Darovitz's mother-in-law, ...
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Prince’s Death Reveals How Hard It Is To Escape Opioid Addiction 3.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When Prince reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based chronic pain and addiction specialist, Kornfeld wasn't immediately available to go see him. Instead, the doctor put his son Andrew on a plane to Minnesota to deliver the singer's buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction. That was a big mistake, experts say. " If it's an emergency, call 911, for God's sake ," Dr. Mark Willenbring, a former director of treatment research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told The Associated Press. "Don't send your pre-med son on a redeye."  While it's possible the pop icon contacted an out-of-state addiction expert for privacy reasons, Willenbring noted that his own office is a mere 20-minute drive from Paisley Park, and said he's authorized to prescribe buprenorphine, which is a controlled substance in Minnesota. Prince died in April at age 57, after Kornfeld's son arrived at the singer's home to find him unresponsive in an elevator and subsequently called ...
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A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment 23.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. NEW YORK — For Dr. Ross Macdonald, every person who enters New York City’s main jail with an opioid addiction represents an opportunity for treatment, and the possibility of saving a life. As the medical director of the city’s correctional health program, he ensures that offenders who come in on methadone continue to receive it. And he and his staff try to persuade as many addicted inmates as possible to get started on methadone before they leave the jail. Rikers Island Correctional Facility has run a model opioid treatment program since 1987, and it has assisted tens of thousands of inmates in maintaining treatment after they return to their communities. Medical researchers have repeatedly found that the jail’s methadone treatment program has resulted in overall health care cost savings, reduced crime and ...
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Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Compound Derived From Cannabis 21.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis, has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and have other medicinal uses -- and it has no euphoric properties, like marijuana. Still, regulators debate its legal status, while Big Pharma attempts to corner the CBD market. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this one: We depend on reader support! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today. The medicinal properties of cannabidiol (better known as CBD), a compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant species, are quickly drawing the attention of scientists, plant-medicine lovers, dietary-supplement companies, venture capitalists, professional athletes and Big Pharma -- not to mention people living with serious, chronic medical conditions. Insiders predict the burgeoning market will be as profitable as the NFL. Today, if you run a search on PubMed.gov , a medical research database, you'll find more than 1,500 academic articles on cannabidiol. Unlike ...
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Purdue Pharma: Corporate Fraud With a Body Count 18.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The LA Times investigation of Purdue Pharma's manufacture and marketing of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin published last week should be regarded as a standard case study in corporate fraud. Except this particular tale also features a body count. This fact does nothing to call into question the validity of corporate fraud framework for understanding the story of OxyContin; it only makes its principal victims more visible, and the misbehavior in question more abhorrent, than is typical for the genre. All the major features of Purdue's handling of OxyContin conform to similar acts of corporate fraud perpetrated in recent years: it encompasses not only what the company did (lie to generate profit), but what government regulatory agencies failed to do (detect and expose those lies), as well as the absence of any serious legal or other penalties imposed on Purdue Pharma as a result (a $634.5 million fine on a drug that has earned it $31 billion in revenue, or 2 percent of earnings). Still the story is ...
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9 Things You Should Know If Your Child Is Using Heroin 14.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
by Jeremy Galloway The recent spike in the use of heroin and other opioids, sparking frightening headlines about addiction and overdose, has left families struggling to find solutions. When my family discovered I was using heroin over a decade ago, when I was in my mid-20s, they spent years trying to help, but didn't know where to begin. Together, we learned the hard way that many potential "fixes" end up being dead ends. Some might cause even more harm. There are so many things which, had we known them then, might have spared us years of pain and strained relationships. This isn't a comprehensive guide, but these tips should be a helpful starting point for family members looking for answers. 1. Who's to Blame? Well, It's Just Not That Simple... Experimenting with substances is normal. People have been using psychoactive substances for thousands of years and only a fraction of us become addicted . Contrary to the "gateway theory," only 4 percent of Americans who try marijuana go on to experiment with ...
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Walgreens Broaches Possible Health Benefits Of Medical Marijuana 1.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Walgreens wants to talk about marijuana. In what appears to be an unprecedented move for a company its size, Walgreens published a discussion of the possible health benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog  this week. In the post, titled "Clarifying Clinical Cannabis," a resident pharmacist at the company takes a look at medical marijuana's side effects, the debate about its medicinal properties and its legality: "Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment. However, research has also shown marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional pain medicines don’t. Medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer and it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis." It's not exactly clear what the company's intentions are. Its parent company, Walgreen Co., isn't ready to say it's throwing its hat in the ring of an industry whose recreational and medical sales topped out at  $5.4 ...
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