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Are U.S. Companies Abandoning Pre-Employment Drug Screenings?

Pre-employment drug screenings, a decades-long staple of the American hiring process, may soon be a thing of the past.

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A Clean, Well-Lit Place to Smoke Rocks: North America's First Supervised Inhalation Site Opens

In response to the opioid crisis, Canada has been rapidly opening supervised injection sites, safe spaces allowing for injection drug users to consume narcotics like heroin under medical supervision.

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Is Marijuana Legalization Tied To An Increase In Pedestrian Deaths?

More pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2017 than in any year since 1990, and researchers believe that the legalization of marijuana for adult use may have something to do with the rise in fatalities. 

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Is the Current Opioid Crisis a Class Issue?

Recently there have been a lot of discussion about how terrible the opioid crisis is. Parents all over the country are concerned about the numbers of young people who overdose and/or die. Heart wrenching stories of families stunned by the fact that their children taking drugs to that extent. Big pharma as drug manufacturers are called, that make and sell opioid painkillers as well as other countries which ship in fentanyl are being confronted as families demand something be done. People are caught completely by surprise because they obtained their initial drugs as prescriptions and addiction was not something that happens here.

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DOJ Appointments Being Blocked Until Sessions Changes Pot Stance

In protest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescindan Obama-era policy that recommended federal prosecutors stay out of the affairs of states that have legalized marijuana, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner is blocking appointments to the Department of Justice. 

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Will Cannabis Replace Opioids as Painkillers?

With America caught in the throes of the opioid epidemic, researchers and drugmakers alike continue to suggest that the answer lies in marijuana-based painkillers. In fact, a number of studies also hint that medical cannabis might be the magic bullet everyone is looking for.

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Medical Marijuana Patients Are Being Told to Give Up Their Guns

Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. now allow patients to have access to medical marijuana, but some of these patients are bumping up against a federal law that prohibits the sale of guns to people who use marijuana. 

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The Onion Takes on the War on Drugs

America’s Finest News Source has taken aim at the drug war - not just once, but repeatedly. Here’s a rundown of some of The Onion’s best jabs at drugs and drug enforcement.

Pharma Wars

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"Narcan Party" Hysteria Puts a Value on Drug Users' Lives

While the country is obsessing over the idea of “fake news,” let’s talk about some actual fake news: Narcan parties. Increasingly, media outlets are publishing stories with attention-grabbing headlines such as Narcan Parties Becoming Disturbing Trend, Police Say and People Intentionally OD to be Revived at ‘Narcan Parties.’ The stories usually involve grave reports that the increasing availability of Narcan (naloxone), a medicine that reverses opioid overdose, is causing people to overdose on purpose because they know that Narcan can be used to save them. The reports often originate from paramedics and law enforcement responding to overdose-related 911 calls, though most harm reductionists and drug users vehemently deny the existence of so-called Narcan parties. So who is telling the truth?

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Bill Nye The Science Guy Doesn't Get High But He Is Into Pot Legalization

Bill Nye, colloquially titled “The Science Guy,” said in a NowThisinterview that he welcomes the societal benefits of legalization, though he isn’t a fan of using the drug himself.

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Is Involuntary Drug Treatment Ethical or Even Effective?

The first time Deirdre Sampson (name changed) ever tried to have her younger sister, Kelly, involuntarily committed to drug treatment was after police found Kelly standing on an overpass threatening to jump. Kelly’s opioid use, once manageable enough to allow her to work as a veterinarian, had spiraled out of control. Kelly was threatening suicide, using drugs chaotically, and involved in violent, abusive relationships.

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Ohio Police are Outrageously Charging Opioid Overdose Survivors With a Trumped-Up Misdemeanor

As Ohio communities seek relief from the opioid crisis, some are testing a controversial approach to address high rates of drug overdoses.

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Who Becomes a Drug Dealer?

It’s time to talk about people who sell drugs. While the national conversation is trending towards a more humane approach to people who use drugs, sellers are still portrayed as greedy criminals who “profit off the misery of others.” We hear stories of dealers peddling drugs to children, giving out free samples to hook new customers, or showing up at recovery meetings to tempt people to relapse. We even see many prosecutors charge drug dealers with murder when a customer overdoses on their product. Although there are many drug sellers who have committed deplorable acts to win customers or expand their markets, this is not the whole picture of most people who sell drugs.

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Emerging Drug Threats and the Whack-a-Mole Theory

Every quarter, the federal agency tasked with surveilling American citizens, countering drug smuggling and enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, releases a report detailing their most unique narcotic seizures. The Drug Enforcement Administration's Emerging Threat Reports can be seen as a snapshot of the rising tide of synthetic drugs in the United States—but critics say these reports are too focused on supply and not enough on demand.

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"Tsunami" of Cocaine May Be Headed For The U.S.

Last weekend U.S. authorities seized four tons of cocaine from the Pacific Ocean, a small part of a so-called tidal wave of cocaine headed for the country.

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Doctor Murdered for NOT Prescribing Opioids

Authorities are investigating the murder of a doctor in northern Indiana, who was shot to death for not prescribing opioid medication.

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Are Hormones Responsible for Your Addiction?

When I had six years sober, my husband and I decided to get pregnant. I quit the birth control pill and entered the darkest depression of my life.

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7 Countries That Beat an Overdose Crisis

It’s no secret that there's a drug overdose crisis in the United States. Opioid overdose deaths have risen 255% from 1999 to 2015. The US has failed to beat the opioid epidemic with drug courts, 12 step rehabs, and even medications like Vivitrol. However, seven other countries have overcome a huge drug overdose crisis very cheaply using technology which is more than 50 years old. Their secret? They have made methadone, an extremely cheap drug which costs less than a dollar a day for a maintenance dose, readily available to everyone who needs it. Rather than mandating expensive and stigmatizing methadone clinics, they allow any patients who need methadone to take their doses in their doctors’ offices or even at pharmacies... for free!

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America’s Demand For Drugs Is Fueling Illegal Immigration

A new feature in the New York Times describes in detail the steady stream of drugs, money and guns that cycle back and forth between the United States and Mexico. 

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Drug Use In The Third Reich: Q&A with Author Norman Ohler

In Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, Norman Ohler accomplished a feat that many historians desire, but never quite achieve. By shedding light on the drug usage of Nazi Germany as a whole and Adolf Hitler in particular, the author manages to cover new ground and shed a bright light on a previously dark corner of 20th century history. After reading his truly impressive account, the reader feels like a new understanding has been developed of one of the reasons why Nazi Germany was so successful in the early part of the war, and why it was doomed to eventually fail for virtually the same reasons. From the widespread use and intense popularity of Pervitin, a pharmacological equivalent to today’s crystal methamphetamine, to Adolf Hitler’s gullible addiction to the opiate Eukodol, Ohler excavates the dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.

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Federal Inmate Petitions Congress to Eliminate Outrageous Crack Cocaine Disparity

Steffany “Stet” Frazier was convicted in 1994 of crack cocaine possession with the intent to sell, and was given a life sentence under the harsh edicts of the drug war and the 100-to-one crack cocaine sentencing ratio. This ratio—which has since been lowered—resulted in harsher penalties for defendants who sold crack, than those caught with larger amounts of powder cocaine. The disparity targeted African American men at troubling rates, due to the hysteria around the crack epidemic

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Automatic License Suspension Laws For Drug Crimes: A Bad, Mean Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Twelve states and the District of Columbia currently have laws in place that automatically suspend the driver’s licenses of those convicted of drug crimes—but many of these states are now reconsidering the policy.

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Weed Is Legal in Colorado - But Somehow There's Still an Effort to Criminalize Advertising It

A new bill moving through the Colorado state legislature could mean trouble for those who illegally advertise marijuana online. 

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Hillary Clinton on Drugs

As this seemingly interminable election cycle draws to a close, here’s a look at some of the times drugs and drug policy have come up in Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency.

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'The Politics of Pain:' Big Pharma, Big Greed and the Opioid Crisis

When Jodi Barber found her son Jarrod on the couch barely breathing, she rushed to call 911 while her husband administered CPR. The ambulance whisked Jarrod to the hospital where he was born, but it was too late. Nineteen years after they welcomed him into the world, Barber and her husband said goodbye to him in the same building.

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And the Emmy Award for Best Drug Use Goes To…

Once again, drugs are a big thing on the small screen. As in years past, drug use and dealing is on full display in a number of the shows up for awards at this year’s Emmys. Here’s a look at the role addiction and drug use play in just a handful of the series up for Emmys this past weekend.

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Opioid Epidemic Greatly Exaggerated?

Last week, when Michael Walker of Beckley, West Virginia, read in his local paper that high-potency heroin—or opioids sold as or cut with heroin—caused an outbreak of 27 overdoses in just four hours in the nearby city of Huntington, he thought of his 19-year-old son, Matthew, who has been off of opiates for three months, the longest he’s been without the drug in years.

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Heroin, Poverty, and Politics in Rural America

Driving through much of Appalachia you’ll still see tar paper shacks, people living in dilapidated homes with no electricity, and scant signs of economic opportunity. I grew up in the mountains of Western Maryland, across the Potomac from West Virginia, in the dying days of the coal and manufacturing industries there. 

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Donald Trump’s Solution to Opioid Epidemic: Build A Wall

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will solve the opioid epidemic by building a wall between the United States and Mexico,according to his statements during a town hall meeting in Columbus, Ohio on Monday. 

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Addyi: Not the Women's Sex Pill You've Been Waiting For

There’s a new sex pill in town, the very first for women. Too bad for sufferers of “low desire” that the story of Addyi (flibanserin) is looking so shady. Questions persist about the quality of the drug and also the process behind its FDA approval in August. 

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