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Female Inmates Should Soon Have This Basic Human Right Protected In California 21.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Legislation sparked by a media report and a state audit that found female prisoners were being unlawfully sterilized in California's prisons heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk this week for the Democrat's signature. The worst allegations suggested that women were coerced into sterilizations. The bill, SB 1135 , would prohibit sterilization for birth control purposes in the state's prisons and jails. The procedure would still be allowed in cases of medical emergency or treatment of a diagnosed condition. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would also be required to provide the women with a follow-up psychological consultation and to report sterilization data on its website. The bill received final yes votes in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate earlier this week. Last year the Center for Investigative Reporting wrote that between 2006 and 2010, 148 female inmates in California received tubal ligations without required state approvals. According to CIR, ...
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No Charges In 3 Deadly Beatings At Rikers Island, Despite Homicide Rulings 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed. What followed, according to investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press, was a quick punch back from the guard that put Ramirez on the floor. Then he was dragged away, beyond the view of security cameras, and three other guards were called in. Inmates later told investigators they heard screaming and the sickening crack of nightsticks against bone. Ramirez, 50, died of numerous blunt-impact injuries that included a ruptured spleen, shattered ribs and a stomach filled with blood. When a jail investigator interviewed the guards — eight months later — they insisted Ramirez was struck only once and only in self-defense. That July 2011 case is among three deaths in New York City's jails over the past five years in which inmates were alleged to have been fatally beaten by guards. Yet in none of those cases was anyone ever charged with a crime. "It's ...
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A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About 19.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Florida Group Suggests Medical Marijuana Will Lead To Date Rape By Pot Cookie 18.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There's been a lot of chatter about Florida's upcoming vote on medical marijuana legalization bill, Amendment 2. But No On 2 , a campaign partially funded by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson , is taking the talk in a new, low direction: suggesting that legalizing marijuana used for people with seizure disorders and diseases would lead to date rape by pot cookie. Post by No On 2 . "Will the new face of 'date rape' look like a cookie?" the ad asks, showing a man and woman facing a picnic table holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. A large, white arrow points to the man's back pocket, where lurks, through Photoshop, a packet labeled "Marijuana Cookies." The ad received a hefty amount of ridicule on both Facebook and Twitter . " I don't think they understand how pot works ," read one response. “ I absolutely thought it was fake . I thought it was a joke,” Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) told WPTV. “I think any woman should find that offensive to somehow suggest that if you use ...
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What You Need To Know Before You Reuse That Plastic Water Bottle 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If it's just filled with water, what's so bad about not washing my water bottle? The answer: If you have a bottle that you use every day for water-drinking purposes, congratulations! We're all about hydration here at Healthy Living. But here's a question for you: When's the last time you actually washed that water bottle? After all, if it's just filled with water, it's not actually dirty, right? Not exactly, especially if you're using a disposable water bottle that isn't really meant to be used more than once. In an article in a 2007 issue of the journal Practical Gastroenterology , experts pointed out that commercial bottled water manufacturers don't recommend that consumers reuse their disposable bottles. That's because "everyday wear and tear from repeated washings and reuse can lead to physical breakdown of the plastic, such as visible thinning or cracks. Bacteria can harbor in the cracks, posing a health risk," they wrote. In addition, "reuse of plastic water bottles can lead to bacterial ...
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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Announces Support For Medicinal Cannabis Oil 13.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced her support for the legalization of medicinal cannabis oil (CBD) on a strictly supervised, trial-only basis for sick toddlers suffering from strokes and seizures in a press release Wednesday. “I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need,” Fallin said in a statement Wednesday. “I am very interested in allowing limited, heavily supervised use of non-intoxicating CBD to be delivered on a trial-basis to sick children in Oklahoma.” Urging state lawmakers to advance “policies that can help sick Oklahoma children,” Fallin also expressed support for an interim legislative study by state Rep. Jon Echols (R) on allowing the state to conduct medical trials for the use of non-intoxicating CBD on children with severe seizure disorders. The conservative governor maintained firm opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana for adults, however, warning that broader legislation would enable “healthy adults and teenagers to find ...
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Crowdsourcing Medicines Just Like Movies 12.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In an e-mail, Denver Post editor Greg Moore explains how marijuana medicines are evaluated for safety and effectiveness -- not by scientists, not by doctors, not by the Food and Drug Administration, but by social media. The newspaper publishes a blog called The Cannabist . Staff writers review marijuana strains , list and describe 92 that are available in Colorado, and provide links for each to Leafly.com so browsers can find just the right strain to ease their symptoms or treat their conditions. "What Leafly is doing is not all that different from, say, Rotten Tomatoes ," Moore explains. "In both cases, the market determines the value of its information and they both use the crowd to evaluate products." Rotten Tomatoes is a social media website whose members evaluate movies. This was Moore's reply to physicians who had written him and The Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca to express their serious concerns about the paper's recommending marijuana strains to "treat" mental illnesses. These include: 88 ...
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Cat Who Ingested Heroin Saved By Overdose Drug 6.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
EXTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania veterinarian has used an overdose reversal drug to save a kitten that had been given heroin.

Police said Tuesday they arrested the suburban Philadelphia man who abused the cat.

West Chester resident James Myers faces charges including animal cruelty and drug possession. He's in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Police in West Whiteland Township say an officer spotted Myers' car parked in the middle of a street Sunday with a door open.

The officer says under the door he saw an injured black kitten with a rope around its neck and several teeth knocked out. Police say they found bundles of heroin and dozens of needles in the car.

Authorities say the veterinarian revived the cat with Narcan, an antidote for opium-based drug overdoses.
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Obama Won't Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Told Him 30.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn't the "silver bullet solution." The Office of National Drug Control Policy staff, while acknowledging the criminal justice system needs reform, argues in a blog post published Monday night that a series of Times editorials that began Sunday "ignores the science" and "fails to address public health problems" associated with a possible increase in marijuana use. "The New York Times editorial team failed to mention a cascade of public health problems associated with the increased availability of marijuana," the blog post reads. "While law enforcement will always play an important role in combating violent crime associated with the drug trade, the Obama Administration approaches substance use as a public health issue, not merely a criminal justice problem. "Any discussion on the issue should be guided by science and evidence, not ideology and wishful thinking," the ...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Calls Prison Reform Advocates 'Crazy' To Sue State 30.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) knows his state has a serious prison problem, but he had some harsh words for reform groups suing the state over alleged shortcomings in providing inmates health care, Alabama Media Group reported. “You all are crazy to sue us,” he told an audience Monday at the state’s annual Alabama Sheriffs Association convention. “What good does it do to sue us?” Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed a lawsuit against the state for discriminatory and dangerous inmate health care policies, including failure to treat hepatitis C cases and serious wounds, placing inmates under “do not resuscitate” or “allow natural death” orders without their knowledge and keeping disabled inmates segregated and deprived of accommodations, the lawsuit alleges. Bentley, Alabama Media Group reported, said he wants to solve these problems and address the overarching issue of prison overcrowding but believes such lawsuits command time ...
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The Silent Anguish of Pregnant Women Who Struggle With Addiction 28.7.2014 Truthout.com

In early July, Mallory Loyola, 26, was charged with assault after her newborn girl tested positive for meth. Loyola is the first woman in the state to be arrested under a new Tennessee law that allows the state to criminally charge mothers for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if their children are harmed or addicted to the drug. Many medical experts and reproductive rights advocates warn that this kind of legislation is detrimental to women and worry that similar legislation will be passed in other states.

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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Personal Drug Use 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. The 159-page report , which focused primarily on HIV prevention and care worldwide, included a brief section discussing "good practice recommendations concerning decriminalization." In it, WHO offered the following recommendations: Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration. Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs [needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opioid substitution therapy] for people who are opioid-dependent. Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs. The recommendations refer specifically to the decriminalization of personal drug use, not the decriminalization of drug cultivation, production and ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Big Day For On-Ramps 16.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Senate Republicans introduced an insurance bill that literally changes nothing… though it might still defund ACORN. The administration says marijuana legalization is a state matter, though the exact phrasing had something to do with Colorado stuffing a towel under its door. And a group of enthusiastic Elizabeth Warren supporters launched Ready for Warren, but our competing 2016 organization, "Tom Vilsack...Ehhh???" isn't gaining as much traction. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, July 15th, 2014: @JimAvilaABC: Sources tell @ABC Jose Antonio vargas about to be released from border patrol custody in McAllen tx GOP REMEMBERS THE LADIES... BUT NOT REALLY - [HuffPost HIll leans back in chair, buys three rubber bands off Amazon with extra 23 cents earned in last hour, pops insurance-subsidized Viagra, breaths in the patriarchy]. Laura Bassett: "In response to a proposal by Senate Democrats to require for-profit employers to cover birth control in their health plans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ...
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The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs 10.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2014 National Drug Control Strategy Wednesday. The strategy has shifted some from previous years in that it more clearly focuses on reducing the harms associated with substance misuse, such as overdose and the transmission of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases, while also reducing the harms associated with punitive drug policies, such as reducing the use of mandatory minimum sentencing. The administration's rhetoric has evolved over the last couple of years -- reflecting the fact that three-quarters of Americans consider the drug war a failure -- emphasizing the need to treat drug misuse as a health issue and stop relying on the criminal justice system to deal with the problem. The strategy, however, calls for the expansion of drug courts, which continue to treat drug users in the criminal justice system, where punishment is often the response to addiction-related behaviors such as positive urine screens or ...
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Terminal Cancer Patient Guilty In Marijuana Trial 10.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A terminal cancer patient who says he grew marijuana to treat his tumors was found guilty of drug charges Wednesday by an Iowa jury that wasn't allowed to hear his defense. Benton Mackenzie, 48, was convicted in Iowa district court jury of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy, along with his wife, Loretta, 43, the Quad-City Times' Brian Wellner first reported . Their son Cody, 22, was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Benton Mackenzie, who had been barred by Judge Henry Latham from a defense that explains he grew cannabis to relieve his aggressive and rare cancer of the blood vessels, faces a minimum of three years in prison when he is sentenced later. His family said they intend to appeal the verdicts . Mackenzie said prison may kill him as his health worsens. On Monday, Mackenzie was rushed out of Scott County District Court to a hospital after complaining of extreme pain and hallucinations. He suffers from severe angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer ...
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White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On 10.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America's long war on drugs widely unpopular. Michael Botticelli, head of the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a post on the White House website that the government's new drug control strategy “rejects the notion that we can arrest and incarcerate our way out of the nation’s drug problem. Instead, it builds on decades of research demonstrating that while law enforcement should always remain a vital piece to protecting public safety, addiction is a brain disorder -- one that can be prevented and treated, and from which people recover.” It’s a striking piece of rhetoric for someone in Botticelli’s position, though not a risky one, given that about three-fourths of Americans say the war on drugs has been a failure . The strategy, released Wednesday, calls for reforms that would move the ...
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Terminal Cancer Patient Can't Use Illness As A Defense In Iowa Marijuana Trial 9.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An Iowa terminal cancer patient showed up to court Tuesday wrapped in a blanket, still wearing hospital identification wristbands, to testify at his trial on felony marijuana charges. He's been barred from a defense that explains the marijuana was to relieve his aggressive and rare cancer of the blood vessels. Benton Mackenzie, 48, faces up to five years in prison if he's convicted of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy for growing plants he says he used to make canabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, to treat his tumors. Quad City Times reporter Brian Wellner first reported on Mackenzie's return to court Tuesday and tweeted courtroom photos of Mackenzie wrapped in a blanket : BREAKING: Benton Mackenzie testifying at his #marijuana trial. pic.twitter.com/xCARNakYSE — Brian Wellner (@brianwellner) July 8, 2014 Mackenzie sat in a wheelchair, during some court proceedings: "I'm not getting a fair trial," Benton Mackenzie says during break at his #marijuana trial. ...
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Terminal Cancer Patient Rushed To Hospital During Felony Trial For Medical Pot (GRAPHIC PHOTO) 8.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A 48-year-old terminal cancer patient was rushed to the hospital from an Iowa courthouse Monday during his trial over felony charges for growing marijuana he uses as a treatment for his rare condition. Brian Wellner of Iowa's Quad-City Times' first reported that paramedics took Benton Mackenzie, who was expected to take the stand in his trial in Scott County District Court on Monday, from the courtroom to a local hospital after he complained of extreme pain and hallucinations related to his angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer of the blood vessels which has produced large lesions on Mackenzie's skin. Despite Mackenzie's deteriorating condition, his trial is expected to be completed Friday, Linda Bowman, the judicial trial court supervisor at the Scott County Clerk's Office, told The Huffington Post. If Mackenzie is found guilty, he faces at least three years in prison -- a punishment that he's said equates to a death sentence. "If I'm found guilty at all, I'm a dead man," Mackenzie told ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Is Bush's Iraq Obama's Katrina? #Benghazi 8.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Obama administration will deport thousands of kids -- Let's Move! Charles Krauthammer says conservatives have won the debate over long-term unemployment insurance, probably because more and more people are living invisible hand to mouth. And Taylor Swift has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. If you haven't already read it, "QE2 and BRIC: The Coming Storm" will positively knock your socks off. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, July 7th, 2014: DEMOCRATS PLANNING MESSAGING PUSH FOR INSURANCE RATE INCREASE - "Think of it like the Recovery Summer... but for your body." Politico: "Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn’t be worse for Democrats already on defense in the midterms. The White House and its allies know they’ve been beaten in every previous round of Obamacare messaging, never more devastatingly than in 2010. And they know the results this November could hinge in large part on whether that happens ...
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From the Front Line Against HIV: Time to End the Federal Syringe Ban 28.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"Take the Test, Take Control." So says the mandate of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). And indeed, who better to control my health than me? But not everyone has that privilege. The ban on federal funds for syringe services programs (SSPs) wrests control from injection drug users -- an abject failure of government to support evidence-based public health, and a rejection of the domestic and global goal of an AIDS-free generation. Eliminating "risky behavior" is impossible. Risk will always exist -- by choice, circumstance, or more complicated trajectories -- so we create interventions and services that mitigate negative consequences for our health. We all deserve those services, even if -- in fact, especially when -- we are unable to live perfectly healthy lives. We must finally allow science to guide policy, treat injection drug use as the health issue it is, and lift the ban on syringe exchange funding. Aside from a brief window from 2009-2011, Congress has maintained a blanket ban on states using ...
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