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Vermont Becomes the First State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont Becomes the First State to Legalize Recreational...


Vermont has become the first state in the country to approve a bill for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill works to legalize small amounts of marijuana possession and is expected to into effect in 2018. The bill also anticipates the possibility of a taxed and regulated legal marijuana...


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Gates Police Will Pick Up Unused Medication from Citizens' Homes

Gates Police Will Pick Up Unused Medication from Citizens...


In Gates, New York, local police are so intent on getting opioids off of their streets that they will literally make house calls to come get your leftovers. Chief James VanBrederode expressed frustration on behalf of all law enforcement with the opioid epidemic and how it just doesn't seem...


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Employers Turning to Refugees as More Workers Test Positive for Drugs

Employers Turning to Refugees as More Workers Test...


Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company in Pennsylvania, is one of many companies who are now hiring refugees in the wake of the soaring drug use that is running rampant in this country. With less and less people being able to pass a drug test, companies are now hiring refugees who...


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Trump Creates Opioid Panel to Deal with Epidemic

Trump Creates Opioid Panel to Deal with Epidemic


This week, in an effort to combat the current opioid epidemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the better part of the past two decades, President Trump announced that he would be creating an opioid panel led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie brought the issue to...


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CDC Slams Opioid Usage for Chronic Pain

CDC Slams Opioid Usage for Chronic Pain


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is jumping on the bandwagon of trying to ebb the flow of the opioid epidemic crisis we are currently in the middle of. The CDC called the epidemic "one of the most pressing public health issues" at the moment, and it released a first-ever...


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Opana ER the Latest Dangerous Opioid to Hit the News, but For Different Reasons

Opana ER the Latest Dangerous Opioid to Hit the News...


Opioid painkiller Opana ER made NPR's news this week due to the fact that the dangers involved with taking the drug actually outweigh its benefits. Back in 2012, the ingredients in Opana ER were altered so as to make it harder to crush. The goal here was that abuse of the drug would potentially...


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Congress Votes on Permitting States to Drug Test the Unemployed

Congress Votes on Permitting States to Drug Test the...


A rule implemented in 2012 under President Obama held that states could only drug test applicants for unemployment if those applicants were looking for jobs that normally required regular drug tests. That rule is now changing however, as a new law is expected to be signed off by President Trump...


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China Finally Blacklists Carfentanil

China Finally Blacklists Carfentanil


U.S. officials were relieved to hear last week that China is finally going to be putting carfentanil on its controlled substances list as of March 1. This means that it will be considered just as dangerous as its weaker cousin, fentanyl. Carfentanil is estimated to be about 10,000 times more...


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GOP to Vote on Drug Testing the Unemployed

GOP to Vote on Drug Testing the Unemployed


Many who are unemployed in the U.S. may have to pass a drug test in order to keep their short-term unemployment insurance payouts, depending on the results of a vote that is expected to happen this week on House Joint Resolution 42, proposed legislation from congressional Republicans. This...


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Maine Recovery Center to Offer Counseling Instead of Drugs

Maine Recovery Center to Offer Counseling Instead of...


A new recovery center in Rockland, Maine, which is set to open later this month, plans to offer counseling instead of drugs to for those who are either struggling with drug addiction or who are coping with a friend or family's member's addiction to drugs. The Coastal Recovery Community Center...


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Greenwood, Indiana Makes History with New Drug Treatment Device

Greenwood, Indiana Makes History with New Drug Treatment...


Greenwood City Court in Indiana has made history by becoming the first court in the United States to offer a new and innovative drug treatment program for offenders who are addicted to heroin. The device is might right in Indiana, and it helps offenders deal with the effects related to suffering...


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Opiates Killing a Person a Day in 2017

Opiates Killing a Person a Day in 2017


The opiates epidemic isn't going away anytime soon, unfortunately. Recent findings show that opiates are still killing a person a day. However, this development actually shows progress when compared to last year's numbers. Not to mention the fact that morgues are actually experiencing backlogs...


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The High Cost of Regulating Marijuana in Sacramento, California

The High Cost of Regulating Marijuana in Sacramento...


A staff report prepared earlier this week shows an estimated cost of nearly $6.5 million in annual permit fees that Sacramento will need to raise in order to regulate the local marijuana industry. Such costs will go, in part, toward paying the additional staff they will need to hire to govern...


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Alabama is No Stranger to Prescription Drug Overdoses

Alabama is No Stranger to Prescription Drug Overdo...


Prescription drug overdoses are sadly everywhere right now, and Alabama is no exception. Morgan County's coroner, Jeff Chunn, said that he rarely goes a week without seeing a death related to an overdose, that he typically sees at least one every week. Chunn said that Morgan County alone...


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Virginia General Assembly to Hear Bills on Marijuana, Opioids and Heroin

Virginia General Assembly to Hear Bills on Marijuana...


In light of the opioid and heroin crisis that is currently sweeping the nation, bills are to be introduced to the Virginia General Assembly insofar as trying to get a handle on keeping the epidemic under control. And with marijuana increasingly becoming legal in the country, both for recreational...


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The Number of Heroin and Opiate-Related Deaths Soar in North Carolina

The Number of Heroin and Opiate-Related Deaths Soar...


The numbers are in, and they aren't good. Between 2014 and 2015, the death rates from synthetic opiates in North Carolina rose over 72 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). First responders in the area have noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of...


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Arizona Doctors Need to Do More to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Arizona Doctors Need to Do More to Prevent Prescription...


The scary truth as it stands right now, and in this age of an especially potent heroin and opioid epidemic, is the fact that over half of the doctors in Arizona are not signed up for the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP). The CSPMP allows doctors to look up their...


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Oswego, IL Makes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana a Civil Offense

Oswego, IL Makes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana...


Oswego, IL has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is now a civil offense, rather than a crime, to be caught with 10 ounces or less of marijuana in the city. Police were instructed to issue ordinance tickets and fines in these instances and to confiscate...


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Heroin Epidemic Skyrocketing in Maine

Heroin Epidemic Skyrocketing in Maine


While fentanyl has been getting a lot of press lately, heroin is still just as deadly among drug users, with fatal overdoses averaging to be about one each day in Maine. The number of fatal overdoses in the area is soaring, from 57 deaths in 2014, to nearly double that number (108) the following...


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Fentanyl Beats Out Heroin for the Most Deadly Drug on Long Island

Fentanyl Beats Out Heroin for the Most Deadly Drug...


At least 220 people succumbed to a fatal overdose from fentanyl in 2016 on Long Island, according to records provided by medical examiners in both Nassau and Suffolk County – the two counties that make up the island. This number surpasses the previously reported numbers associated with heroin...


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Veterans Feel the Worst Effects of the Current Opioid Epidemic

Veterans Feel the Worst Effects of the Current Opioid...


Right now, the U.S. is battling what has been called "the worst drug crisis in American history." While the present opioid and heroin epidemic has taken its toll on families across the country, veterans are some of those who are at risk of feeling the ultimate effects of the epidemic. For one...


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Teen Drug Use Drops to Record Lows

Teen Drug Use Drops to Record Lows


In light of the recently depressing news that the opiate and heroin epidemics in this country are simply skyrocketing, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: teen drug use is going down to record lows, and for many kinds of different drugs – both legal and illegal. Teens' use of...


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Number of Babies Being Born Addicted to Opiates, Heroin Skyrockets

Number of Babies Being Born Addicted to Opiates, Heroin...


The very idea of babies being born addicted to opiates and heroin is heartbreaking enough, but it is their screams that are perhaps the hardest thing for those in healthcare to handle. Dr. Sean Loudin, the medical director of Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia told CNN that they regularly...


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More than 50 People Die After Taking New Drug in Florida

More than 50 People Die After Taking New Drug in F...


Over 50 people have died in Broward County, South Florida in a mere six-month period after taking a new drug that has recently hit the streets in the area. Carfentanil has caused overdoses in about 40 cases that have passed through the doors of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and perhaps...


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Who Knew the Nazis Took So Many Drugs?

Who Knew the Nazis Took So Many Drugs?


Many soldiers in the Nazi regime abused illicit drugs, including Adolf Hitler himself. At least, that's according to German writer Norman Ohler, who detailed these accounts in a book he published last year entitled Der Totale Rausch ("The Total Rush.") (His book was recently republished in...


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California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana


They actually did it. Perhaps just as controversial as our presidential candidates was the idea that California could legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. This result was predicted before-hand, and the influence from this decision could be unprecedented, considering the impact California...


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Election 2016: Voting on Whether or Not to Legalize Marijuana

Election 2016: Voting on Whether or Not to Legalize...


Perhaps just as controversial as the actual candidates running for President this year is the proposal of the legalization of marijuana. In addition to voting for their choice for who will move into the White House after President Obama leaves office, five states will also be voting on whether...


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Boston Archdiocese Pays $850,000 to Help Defeat Question 4

Boston Archdiocese Pays $850,000 to Help Defeat Question...


The Boston Archdiocese believes that increased drug use in its area has posed a threat to the Catholic Church's social service and health programs. As a result, the church has invested $850,000 in the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, which is a campaign that was set up to fight...


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Drug-Related Car Crashes in Utah are On the Rise

Drug-Related Car Crashes in Utah are On the Rise


Statistics were recently compiled that show that drug-related car crashes in the state of Utah that can be categorized as DUI cases (Driving Under the Influence) and that happened in 2015 actually doubled the rates previously reported the year before. The problem is that people are failing...


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New Rise in “Academic Doping” as Students Struggle to Study

New Rise in “Academic Doping” as Students Struggle...


Back in 2014, a new trend began to develop which was referred to as “academic doping.” This phrase was used to describe students abusing Adderall as a study aid, as opposed to the caffeine pills or energy drinks used in decades past. Adderall is a medication that is typically prescribed...


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Doctors Treating Alcohol Problems Neglect Proven-to-Be-Successful Drugs

Doctors Treating Alcohol Problems Neglect Proven-to-Be-Successful...


In a recent article by Kaiser Health News, it was noted that public health officials have noticed that there are two drugs proven to be successful in the treatment of problems relating to alcohol, however doctors are neglecting to incorporate them into their treatment plans. Some disturbing...


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Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdoses Skyrocket

Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdoses Skyrocket


Synthetic cannabinoids, or synthetic marijuana, was first spotted in the United States back in 2008, and it has been nothing but trouble since. However, the problems have recently gotten significantly worse, with synthetic cannabinoid overdose rates more than doubling between the years of 2010...


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Drug Abuse Spikes Among Railroad Workers

Drug Abuse Spikes Among Railroad Workers


No industry is safe from rampant drug abuse, as is evident by the recent spike in illegal drug abuse among those who work for the railroad. Case in point: earlier this year, just after a railroad worker checked in to be given his daily assignments, he was found dead in the bathroom as a result...


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Studies Find that Smoking Has a Permanent Negative Effect on Your DNA

Studies Find that Smoking Has a Permanent Negative...


You often hear about how stopping smoking allows you to essentially erase the effects that smoking has had on your body, and that the longer it has been since you quit, the healthier your body becomes. However, recent findings show that smoking actually permanently damages your DNA, and that...


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Illicit Drugs, Not Prescriptions, Responsible for Recent Massachusetts Overdoses

Illicit Drugs, Not Prescriptions, Responsible for Recent...


A study released by the Department of Public Health earlier this month shows that recent deaths in the Massachusetts area can be attributed to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl, rather than opioid prescriptions. This study works to fuel the theory that because doctors are decreasing the...


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Drugs in the Workplace are at an All-Time High

Drugs in the Workplace are at an All-Time High


For the longest time, drug use in the workplace has been on a decline, but that is unfortunately changing, as the number of those who have tested positive for drugs has, over the last three years, increased to their highest point in a decade. Quest Diagnostics revealed that an analysis...


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Libraries Increase in Popularity for Drug Users

Libraries Increase in Popularity for Drug Users


Drug users are visiting libraries in droves lately, and while that sounds really promising, it’s actually far from it. Unfortunately, the same qualities that make a library appealing for studying purposes - quiet, tucked away spaces where people will generally leave you alone - are the same...


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New Designer Drug Flakka is Similar to, but Worse than, Bath Salts

New Designer Drug Flakka is Similar to, but Worse than...


Designer drugs can be nasty drugs that make people do nasty things. In addition to the growing popularity of fentanyl and the not-so-popular bath salts, flakka (which has been around since 2014) is now slowly showing up as the culprit in more incidents, and it provides users with the same...


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U.S. and China Join Forces to Stop Fentanyl Flow into the U.S.

U.S. and China Join Forces to Stop Fentanyl Flow into...


The accidental death of legendary musician Prince back in April, which resulted from his consumption of an overdose of fentanyl, has ushered in a sweeping awareness of the drug and just how much of a problem it has become in the U.S. To try to stop just how much fentanyl is getting into the...


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Passengers Beware: Fake Uber Drivers are Everywhere

Passengers Beware: Fake Uber Drivers are Everywher...


This is one of those stories where it’s surprising that we haven’t heard something like this sooner: a man is posing as an Uber driver in Gainesville, Florida in order to lure women into his car. The UFPD is warning women who choose to ride with an Uber driver of the signs to watch out...


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Safe Consumption Sites May Soon Open in Seattle

Safe Consumption Sites May Soon Open in Seattle


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine formed the Heroin Task Force in Seattle, and the organization has recently endorsed the opening of safe-consumption sites for those in the local area who are addicted to drugs like heroin and crack-cocaine. These safe-consumption...


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Heroin Overdoses on the Rise Due to Opioid Over-Prescription

Heroin Overdoses on the Rise Due to Opioid Over-Pr...


It’s no secret that heroin has been the drug of choice for quite a while now. Heroin use among individuals aged 18 to 25 has doubled in the past ten years, and overdoses and deaths from the drug are skyrocketing. But why is the rate of death so high? What is it about heroin that makes it...


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Olympic Athletes with Past Doping Offenses  are Finding Themselves Spurned by Their Peers at this Year’s Games

Olympic Athletes with Past Doping Offenses are Finding...


At this year’s Olympic games, competitors with prior doping offenses are being directly confronted on the issue, rather than being met with the relatively awkward silence that would dog them in prior years, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the swimming competition, with such prior...


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A message from our Background Screening Experts: "Connecticut Adopts Ban the Box"

A message from our Background Screening Experts: "Connecticut...


This month Connecticut joined the states that have passed a Ban-the-Box law per Public Law No. 16-83. It goes into effect on January 1, 2017. This law prohibits covered employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial...


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A message from our Background Screening Experts: "Vermont...


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed H.261 establishing Ban the Box in that state. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2017. This version of the Ban-the-Box law is slightly different from most states. In Vermont, the law prohibits asking job applicants to check the box asking about...


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