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Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMTWashington Post, 13 Oct 2016 - Illegal drug use and trafficking have led to a multitude of ills in the United States, sometimes because of racially infected law enforcement, particularly in black neighborhoods. But is decriminalizing small amounts of narcotics at least part of the answer to the scourge?
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMTWinnipeg Free Press, 15 Sep 2016 - Price, availability, addictiveness appeal to young people, police say THE city's youth are fuelling a surge in methamphetamine use because it's a cheaper way to get a long-lasting high. In fact, "because of its affordability, addictive nature and accessibility, the methamphetamine user base in Winnipeg has increased significantly over a few short years, allowing traffickers to prosper," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement.
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMTNew York Times, 14 Aug 2016 - Washington - As a college student in Virginia, Corey Jacobs started selling drugs with the help of a group of friends to make some extra money. A Bronx native, Mr. Jacobs was no kingpin, and no aspect of their drug conspiracy involved violence. Now age 46, Mr. Jacobs has served 16 years of a sentence of life without parole in the federal system. No question, Corey Jacobs should have gone to prison for his felony. But does he deserve to die there?
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMTChico Enterprise-Record, 24 Jul 2016 - We now know the scope of the prescription painkiller and heroin problem in Butte County. It's imperative that we do more to address it. A seven-part series by reporter Ashiah Scharaga that ended Saturday, "Overdose Nation," studied the issue in depth. The use of opioids is a problem nationwide but it's more pronounced locally. Of California's 58 counties, Butte has the third-highest rate of drug-induced deaths. More than half of those drug-induced deaths are from opioids.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMTThe Now, 21 Jul 2016 - We've been reporting a lot about the chaos fentanyl has brought to our nation's streets and alleyways, particularly here in Surrey where overdoses are happening daily. A Surrey judge noted that in the first three months of 2016 there have been more than 200 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in B.C. Illegal drug users are playing pharmaceutical Russian Roulette with heroin these days as it might be cut with fentanyl. Three tiny grains of the stuff is enough to kill.
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMTChico Enterprise-Record, 17 Jul 2016 - About this series The nation is in the midst of a prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 44 people in the U.S. die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers alone.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMTLondon Free Press, 08 Jul 2016 - Billy Robbins wanted out of jail to deal with his drug addiction. The judge wanted to use his sad case to prove a point. "Your case highlights the struggles . . . in this courthouse with the dissolution of the drug treatment court and the position of the Crown attorney not to participate in the program," Ontario Court Justice Wayne Rabley said before sentencing Robbins to more jail time.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMTLondon Free Press, 27 Jun 2016 - London drug treatment court, where addicts can avoid jail, suspends work, faces uncertain future London's highly-touted drug treatment court is suspending its work this week, at least temporarily, raising concerns from the judge who's overseen it since it began six years ago.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMTBoston Globe, 08 Jun 2016 - Six New England governors called on health care professionals Tuesday to work with government officials to combat the opioid epidemic and control prescriptions, describing a grim reality of addiction across the region they govern. "There is not an issue more pressing I know for all of us at this table," said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, addressing an audience at Harvard Medical School. "We are losing good people to the opioid crisis that is sweeping across America, and we need your help."