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  • US News & World Report

    Ex-Employee Pleads Guilty to Meth Use at Montana Day Care

    A former Montana day care worker who was accused of using methamphetamine while caring for children has pleaded guilty. The Missoulian reports Autumn Heinz was arrested last year after Missoula police said they found a glass pipe and a tube containing a crystalline substance that tested positive for meth at the YMCA Learning Center. Heinz was charged with multiple felonies, including drug possession, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. The Missoula County Attorney's Office says she changed her plea to guilty this week without an agreement with prosecutors.

  • In smoker's paradise Japan, 81-year-old Bungaku Watanabe has spent decades leading a war on tobacco
    The Japan Times

    In smoker's paradise Japan, 81-year-old Bungaku Watanabe has spent decades leading a war on tobacco

    “Is it OK if I smoke during the interview?” I ask Bungaku Watanabe, reaching into my coat pocket. A look of incandescent outrage flashes across the 81-year-old's face, before I quickly reassure him that I was joking. “No. No. No,” he says firmly, breaking into a smile before settling back down with an amiable chuckle. There is no one in Japan less likely to entertain such a request than Watanabe. Since founding the Japan Action for Non-Smokers Rights 41 years ago, Watanabe has been at the forefront of the war on tobacco in Japan, battling politicians and industry leaders in a country that has long held a reputation as a smoker's paradise. In 1966, when smoking was at its peak, a whopping 83.7

  • How diplomatic missions became entangled with the tobacco industry
    the Guardian

    How diplomatic missions became entangled with the tobacco industry

    The British high commission in Malaysia gave tens of thousands of pounds to a local thinktank while it argued against tobacco controls already enacted in the UK. At the same time it was funded by the British foreign office, the thinktank received substantial funding from three multinational tobacco companies. The actions of the high commission raise questions about whether diplomats went against guidelines to “limit interactions” with the tobacco industry, following previous criticism of diplomatic support for the tobacco industry abroad. Both British and American diplomatic missions funded the thinktank, the Kuala Lumpur-based Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), while it argued against tobacco taxes and plain packaging.

  • Voice of the People 01/24/19

    Voice of the People 01/24/19

    Eau Claire has decriminalized first-time possession of cannabis, but we still need full statewide legalization. As a drug felon, my interest in the legalization of cannabis in Wisconsin is a bit heightened, because of the possible legal repercussions from getting caught with the plant, but my situation is not unique: Many people with no substance abuse issue whatsoever, having only a small amount of marijuana on them, are drug felons in Wisconsin via the repeater clause. My situation is not something that I'm necessarily proud of, having to report it on employment applications and even being subjected to a urine analysis if I wanted to receive food stamps — but it is not one that I am ashamed of, in any way, either. From an early age I was a cannabis user, and throughout my teen years and early 20s I abused alcohol and hard drugs.

  • At Chad Scott trial, a close-up view into the Houston-to-Louisiana cocaine trade
    The Advocate

    At Chad Scott trial, a close-up view into the Houston-to-Louisiana cocaine trade

    Frederick Brown was already an experienced drug trafficker when he first got a phone call in 2013 from Chad Scott, known as "Big Dog" among those in the drug trade who feared him as an aggressive federal agent.  "I hung up," Brown said. When Scott called right back, Brown made his wife answer. "I gave her the phone like it's a disease," he said Wednesday in federal court as one of the star witnesses in the corruption trial of Scott, who is accused of perjury, obstruction of justice and other crimes. That phone call was the start of a relationship between the two men: one a major drug trafficker moving cocaine and heroin from Houston to Louisiana, the other a federal drug agent looking to make

  • New Jersey approves medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction
    Smell the Truth

    New Jersey approves medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

    Prescription painkiller addicts can now seek medical cannabis as a form of treatment in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday announced that opioid addiction will be added to the list of qualifying conditions that allows residents to obtain medical marijuana, reports The state will also eliminate a prior authorization requirement for Medicaid recipients to receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT). According to state data, over 3000 New Jersey residents likely died of drug overdoses in 2018, and at least 141 have already died from suspected drug overdoses in 2019 through Jan. 20, averaging nearly 7 deaths per day. “We are pleased to announce that, as of today, opioid use disorder

  • Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn't smoke marijuana
    The Hanford Sentinel

    Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn't smoke marijuana

    THC can pass easily through the placenta and into the bloodstream of a developing baby. Studies suggest that when it does, it can affect the brain. Because babies are still developing, anything that affects that development can lead to permanent changes. THC can affect something called executive function. These are skills such as concentration, attention, impulse control, and problem solving; they are crucial skills for learning and life success. Studies also suggest that children who have prenatal exposure to marijuana may have a higher risk of substance use disorder or mental illness.

  • Guest Commentary: Non-smokers — especially teens — using JUUL is antithetical to our company mission
    Denver Post

    Guest Commentary: Non-smokers — especially teens — using JUUL is antithetical to our company mission

    Our mission is to improve the lives of the world's one billion adult smokers because as Ken Tuchman wrote in The Denver Post this month: smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Our founders first started developing an alternative to cigarettes when they were graduate students and smokers themselves. Quitting smoking is incredibly difficult. The average adult smoker tries to quit more than 30 times before finding success. That is why the JUUL system represents an unprecedented opportunity. Studies have shown that 40 to 56 percent of adult smokers who purchased and used JUUL products fully switch from combustible cigarettes within 90-days of use. The fact that it has

  • One-third of pregnant women don't think cannabis will harm their babies: study

    One-third of pregnant women don't think cannabis will harm their babies: study

    According to researchers at the University of British Columbia, around one-third of pregnant women think it's safe to use cannabis while expecting, and are unaware of potential health risks to their child. The UBC researchers found that one of the main reasons women may think cannabis is safe is because there's not enough communication between patients and doctors when it comes to the drug. “We know that from other types of research that when there's no communication and there is lots of uncertainty in literature — which is true for cannabis use —  then it is very important that health-care providers … educate [patients] about risk,” Hamideh Bayrampour, the study's lead author and an assistant professor at UBC's Department of Family Practice, told Global News.

  • Has the Opioid Epidemic Obsession Overshadowed Meth?
    Psychology Today

    Has the Opioid Epidemic Obsession Overshadowed Meth?

    When I was immersed deeply in the world of drugs in the early 2000s, heroin was rarely spoken of in the media, but according to local and national media, cocaine and methamphetamine (“meth”) were huge problems. Everywhere, you'd hear stories of police busting huge meth (also known as speed or crystal meth) operations and the terrible problem the drug was creating in our country. Because meth labs were seemingly blowing up everywhere, the fear that meth was taking over was perpetuated. Though fewer and fewer people were making the stuff locally, more and more gangs from Central America (primarily Mexico) were stepping in to cover the gaps. But, as police and the DEA continued closing in, it seemed

  • New food guide highlights dangers of alcohol as 'leading global health concern'
    CTV Toronto

    New food guide highlights dangers of alcohol as 'leading global health concern'

    TORONTO -- A move by Ottawa to use Canada's food guide to drill home the dangers of chronic alcohol use caught some nutrition and addiction experts by surprise, but they welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy. "It's sort of been the elephant in the corner of the room," says University of Guelph nutrition professor David Ma, university research leadership chair and director of the Guelph Family Health Study. "(For) those working in the cancer field in nutrition, there is awareness of the growing concern for alcohol and its relationship to obesity and cancers of various types. It notes long-term consumption is associated with increased risk of many types of cancer including -- liver, mouth, colorectal and breast, as well as other serious health conditions including hypertension and liver disease.

  • Sober Living in East Orange NJ Drug Addiction Rehab Centers
    Jersey City, NJ Patch

    Sober Living in East Orange NJ Drug Addiction Rehab Centers

    Drug Rehab East Orange New Jersey Did you know that relapses rates linked with substance addiction can be shocking? In fact, as many as 60% of people addicted to drugs or alcohol will relapse after the addiction treatment. Spending time living in a sober living home in East Orange NJ drug addiction rehab centers can lessen the risk of relapse and assist sufferers along with their journey to long-term recovery. For many people in this state, life in a sober living facility provides a wide range of benefits, which supports healthy lifestyles and sobriety. For immediate help contact the addiction helpline at 888-325-2454 The key to finding the right sober living in East Orange NJ for drug addicts

  • The Detroit News

    Pot advocate John Sinclair sues state over Schedule 1 status

    Longtime marijuana advocate John Sinclair and others are suing the state of Michigan to declassify the drug as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. In the lawsuit served this week to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chairwoman, Nichole Cover, the plaintiffs claim the current law that issues medical marijuana cards to patients and licenses dispensaries is contradictory to the state's Controlled Substance Act that classifies the drug as contraband. Because of that, they say its status violates their due process and equal protection rights and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. "It's not a Schedule 1 drug," Sinclair told The Detroit News. "It's been legalized by the citizens and

  • The Star

    'Smoking ban at eateries quite successful'

    KUALA LUMPUR: The banning of smoking at open-air eateries, especially in urban areas, has been quite successful so far, said Dr Lee Boon Chye. The Deputy Health Minister said that there was hardly any smoking in most eateries in urban areas since the ban was imposed on Jan 1.

  • Delco Heroin Task Force Holds 1st Meeting Of 2019
    Radnor, PA Patch

    Delco Heroin Task Force Holds 1st Meeting Of 2019

    DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — As part of the continued and collaborative effort to address opioid and prescription drug abuse, the Delaware County Heroin Task Force held its first meeting of the year. Formed in September 2012 and chaired by District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland, the Delaware County Heroin Task Force comprises county and government leaders, the judiciary, healthcare professionals, treatment providers, law enforcement, individuals in long-term recovery, community organizations, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU), and business leaders. During the meeting, an update and overview was provided including upcoming initiatives and areas of continued focus going into the New Year. Among