Drug Addiction

How high is too high?

How high is too high?

Police say they’re hamstrung in testing drivers for marijuana

WHEN PROHIBITION ENDED IN 1933, law enforcement officials found themselves in an awkward position. They knew driving drunk was a problem, but they didn’t know how to police it. How do you measure drunkenness? In 1931, an Indiana University professor invented the Drunkometer, in which a person would blow into a balloon and then that(...)

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What you can do to ease the opioid crisis

What you can do to ease the opioid crisis

Volunteer as a coach, tutor, or mentor

BY NOW, EVERYONE has seen or heard about the HBO documentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA, and most have been bombarded with seemingly daily headlines highlighting the newest statistics or the record of overdoses in a given month. While the range of responses and emotions run high around the topic, the underlying feeling from most is(...)

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Deal struck on driver’s licenses for drug offenders

Deal struck on driver’s licenses for drug offenders

Sanctions for most to end; penalties remain for trafficking

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE GROUP OF lawmakers working since January to reconcile House and Senate versions of a bill to repeal what has been called a remnant of the war on drugs reached an agreement Tuesday, moving the bill closer to the governor’s desk. Under the conference committee report, the bill would end the(...)

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Emotional Baker signs opioid legislation

Emotional Baker signs opioid legislation

Governor calls measure most comprehensive in country

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE An emotional Gov. Charlie Baker fought back tears Monday as he recounted the stories he’s heard from the parents of young people who have died from drug overdoses and letters he received from students at North Shore Recovery High School, detailing their “heartbreaking stories of addiction and loss.” “This is truthfully(...)

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House passes opioid abuse prevention bill

House passes opioid abuse prevention bill

Senate set to take up bill; could be on Baker's desk by weekend

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED a compromise opioid abuse prevention bill on Wednesday afternoon that was negotiated over the past seven weeks with the Senate. The bill, which included multiple initiatives tied to intervention, treatment, prevention, and education, would limit the size of first-time opioid prescriptions and require schools to screen students(...)

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Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Is marijuana harmless or the first step on a ladder to harder drugs?

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Activists in favor of the legalization of the adult use of marijuana squared off Monday with law enforcement officials and legislators in what one activist called “the eruption, at long last, of the first-ever public debate about marijuana in Massachusetts.” The Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on the statutory(...)

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Lawmakers not sold on pot

Lawmakers not sold on pot

House rallies opposition to legal marijuana ballot question

MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS OPPOSED to legalizing marijuana brought in an array of law enforcement officials as well as a buffet of kid-enticing pot products to try to scare the state straight before a ballot question to regulate the weed makes it before voters in November. “This entire Commonwealth has been affected by the opioid addiction crisis,” said(...)

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Ending driver’s license suspension for drug offenders

Ending driver’s license suspension for drug offenders

A great step on the path to more sensible criminal justice policies

I APPLAUD THE members of the 189th General Court of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for finishing what their colleagues in the Senate started in September by unanimously supporting legislation that repeals the automatic suspension of a driver’s license for convicted drug offenders. While the bill is entitled, “An Act relative to motor vehicle license(...)

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