Drugs

AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

Auto club research says there is no standard to determine impairment

THE RESEARCH ARM of AAA says states that set legal limits for marijuana driving impairment have no scientific basis for the standards and urged a national effort to adopt uniform tests to ensure road safety. “Legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free(...)

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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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DeLeo, Rosenberg raise opioid bill concerns

DeLeo, Rosenberg raise opioid bill concerns

Worried about doctors committing patients with substance abuse issues

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LEGISLATURE’S TOP TWO DEMOCRATS expressed reservations on Monday about one of the main provisions of Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid abuse prevention plan that would allow doctors to commit patients with substance abuse issues for up to 72 hours without a court order. Baker met with House Speaker Robert DeLeo and(...)

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DPH press release understates growth in opioid deaths

DPH press release understates growth in opioid deaths

Estimated death toll up 88% since 2012, not 57%

THE STATE’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC is worsening much faster than the Department of Public Health (DPH) said this week in a press release. Over the last two years, there has been an astonishing 88 percent increase in unintentional opioid related deaths, based on new DPH estimates. But the DPH press release said the increase was only(...)

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Baker unveils plan on opioid addiction

Baker unveils plan on opioid addiction

Includes more treatment, education, criminal justice reforms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CLEAR IN HIS AIM to reframe substance abuse as a public health crisis that can’t be solved by law enforcement alone, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday detailed a suite of options to reverse the trend of opioid addiction that last year claimed the lives of over 1,000 residents across the state.(...)

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