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Media Awareness Project Drug News



Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:34:16 -0800

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:10:02 GMT

 



US MA: Walgreens Agrees To Better Monitor Opioid Dispensing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] A Walgreens in Boston. An investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey found that some Walgreens pharmacies failed to monitor patients' drug use patterns and didn't use sound professional judgment when dispensing opioids and other controlled substances - a concern because of soaring overdose deaths in Massachusetts.



US IL: Traveling To Denver For Pot Clubs? Rules Are Still Up In The

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. Denver is starting work on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places like restaurants, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure last November. (Brennan Linsley / AP) Denver has started work on the nation's first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver:



US CA: City Devastated By Oxycontin Use Sues Purdue Pharma, Claims

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] A bottle of Oxycontin pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times) A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkillers' manufacturer Thursday, alleging the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community.



US NY: 19 Deaths In 19 Days In Suspected Opiate Overdoses

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Buffalo News, 19 Jan 2017 - Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took aggressive steps, including promotion of the widespread use of the opiate antidote Naloxone.



US PA: Philly Cops Meet With Pot Smokers To Plan A Bust But Don't

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] Chris Goldstein, right, shakes hands with police top brass after meeting at La Colombe to discuss his planned "smoke-in" protest on Friday in Rittenhouse Square. (Julia Terruso / Staff) Members of the Philadelphia Police Department's top brass met with marijuana activists Thursday to hash out how pot citations will be issued at a protest planned for Friday.



US NC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Charlotte Observer, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.



US TX: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.



Philippines: Duterte Lashes Out At Catholic Priests

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Philippine Star, 18 Jan 2017 - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte shows documents containing the names of politicians, judges, and law enforcers involved in illegal drugs during his visit to Camp Tecson in Bulacan. (PPD/King Rodriguez) CABANATUAN CITY - How can the Catholic clergy understand the seriousness of the drug problem? They should try shabu.



Philippines: Defending The Drug War, Duterte Chastises Bishops

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Philippine Star, 19 Jan 2017 - [photo] In this Nov. 26, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his keynote address during the San Beda College of Law Alumni Homecoming at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City. (PPD/King Rodriguez) MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday dug up old controversies including the so-called Pajero scandal and clergy sexual abuse in his latest tirade against the Catholic Church, which has been raising concerns over the spate of killings linked to his war on drugs.