Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan 2017 - [photo] A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. President Obama toured the prison last week. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images) A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash the mandatory minimum sentences that are seen as chiefly responsible for overcrowding in the nation's detention facilities.
Herald News, 18 Jan 2017 - [Name redacted] of Denville, was charged by Wayne police with possession of heroin.(Photo: Courtesy of Wayne Police) [Name redacted], 26, of Denville was arrested and charged with possession of 39 bags of heroin, among other charges, on Jan. 4.
The Labradorian, 16 Jan 2017 - What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana? Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.
New York Post, 14 Jan 2017 - Women can blame their cocaine addictions on their biology, according to a new study that claims that ladies are more susceptible to the drug's addictive qualities. Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, specifically spikes in estrogen, intensify the drug's pleasurable effects, according to researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on The Upper East Side.
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - There's been an "incredible benefit" to last month's creation of overdose-prevention sites in Kamloops, said Bob Hughes, something that goes beyond ensuring drug users are safe - many of them are talking with the medical staff there about some of the reasons they are in their lifestyles. The executive director of ASK Wellness Centre said that as staff hand out safe drug-use equipment - a program the agency has done for years to help combat infections and other diseases associated with drug use - they're also looking for opportunities to ask clients about housing needs other health issues and whether they're ready to try rehabilitation programs or other services that might see them make changes in the way they live.
Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan 2017 - [photo] Marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill., on Sept. 15, 2015. (Seth Perlman, AP) The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.
Penticton Herald, 13 Jan 2017 - Former gang member shares harrowing tales with students from South Okanagan schools If you don't think gangs have a presence in your small community, think again. "Street-level drug trafficking groups in Williams Lake or Osoyoos don't have the ability to import kilos of cocaine from Mexico or Central America," said Staff-Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which fights gang activity across B.C.
The Delhi News-Record, 12 Jan 2017 - The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasn't exaggerating last year when it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful synthetic opioids. Norfolk paramedics responded to 37 drug overdoses in all of 2014. This rose to 59 in 2015. In 2016, the total was 90.
Charlotte Observer, 12 Jan 2017 - Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance. "She's got a lot of guts," Nelson said during a recent interview with The Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee. "She'll try anything. Maybe I should help her."
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - State-run Chinese media have expressed skepticism that the country is a key source of fentanyl, despite an agreement with the RCMP that was seen as a tacit admission of China's role in fuelling the unfolding overdose crisis in Canada. A Globe and Mail investigation last year revealed how fentanyl is manufactured in China and how easily it is shipped to Canada, and border officials here have intercepted dozens of such shipments.
Toronto Star, 08 Jan 2017 - No city in the country would want to be in Vancouver's shoes right now. The municipality is in the midst of an illicit-drug-overdose epidemic that killed 128 people in November alone - an average of more than four deaths a day. Indeed, in the first 11 months of last year, the overdose crisis was responsible for 755 deaths, up 70 per cent from the same period in 2015, with some addicts actually overdosing multiple times a day.
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Jan 2017 - DARTMOUTH, N.S. - What if Walter White was a Mennonite? "Pure," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV, is based on actual accounts of Mennonites acting as drug mules. Various reports suggest some members were smuggling cocaine and marijuana into Canada all the way from Mexico by hiding drugs in hollowed-out car batteries and wheels of cheese.
Toronto Star, 06 Jan 2017 - Toronto officials don't know why B.C.'s deadly fentanyl crisis has not yet spread to the city, but they're aiming to ensure it never does. On Monday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's acting medical officer of health, will chair the first in a series of monthly gatherings in a joint effort to prevent any spike in overdoses involving fentanyl and other illicit opioid drugs.
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Jan 2017 - It's an uphill battle [photo] (John Dole / Scripps Research Institute) Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute is shown in front of a board that depicts molecule drawings of heroin and cocaine, with the structures of vaccines that potentially could target those two drugs shown beneath.
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2017 - With the fentanyl crisis at a breaking point in B.C., Mayor Tory is not waiting for a disaster in the city before taking action When news broke that British Columbia had suffered its worst-ever month for illicit-drug overdose deaths in November, Toronto's mayor contacted his Vancouver counterpart to offer help, as he would have if the West Coast city had experienced a "natural disaster."
Philadelphia Daily News, 05 Jan 2017 - Recent headlines tell it all: "9 dead from apparent heroin ODs over weekend in Kensington area"; "Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may have killed 35 over 5 days"; "New Jersey's overdose nightmare hits a new peak"; and "Growth in the use of opioids is fueling a nationwide epidemic of deaths from drug overdose". Heroin mixed with fentanyl - or heroin alone - may be responsible for this surge in overdoses. In the past, Philadelphia typically had three overdoses a day and they were not all fatal. Last June, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed nearly 700 drug-related deaths in 2015, twice as many deaths as there were from homicides. At the current rate, 2016 will end with even more.
The Daily Courier, 04 Jan 2017 - Teaching in a large urban secondary school of 3,000 grade 8-12s in the early 1970s, I knew we had several students with a serious drug problem. We knew who they were and the school did what it could, but it was a losing proposition. Later, as an administrator in that same school and still later as a superintendent in a different school district, I knew some students had serious drug problems.
Daily Mail, 03 Jan 2017 - I've only just started! Filipino President Duterte's bloody war on drugs has claimed 6,000 lives and seen 900,000 addicts surrender in just six months -- as he claims his country is now safer for normal people * The Philippines government has claimed it is winning the war on drugs after a brutal crackdown on dealing
Baltimore Sun, 03 Jan 2017 - The "kingpin" of drug trafficking organization was sentenced to 25 years in prison, prosecutors say. The "kingpin" of a drug trafficking organization that operated throughout the Baltimore region was sentenced to more than two decades in prison on drug-related charges in Baltimore County, authorities said.