Drug Addiction

Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Criticizes governor's 'radical Republican' political agenda

The following is a response from Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments about where the opioids causing problems in Maine are coming from. PAUL LEPAGE, the governor of Maine, is clearly at a loss on how to fix his state’s drug problem. Join the club. We are looking for solutions not scapegoats.(...)

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LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

Says two Mass cities, along with CT and NY, are sources of opioids

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MAINE GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, a second-term Republican who has become a lightning rod in the debate over drugs and race, did not shy away Monday from his suggestion that black and Hispanic drug dealers from other parts of New England are fueling the opioid epidemic in his home state, expanding his(...)

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‘Encampment’ moved off Boston Common

‘Encampment’ moved off Boston Common

Police helped clear out area near Park Street Station

THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT last week evicted from the Boston Common a fairly large group of people who had been sleeping and hanging out for many weeks on the grass near the T’s Park Street Station, an area many consider the front door of the city. Police and city officials were reluctant to talk about(...)

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Fentanyl fuels rise in opioid deaths

Fentanyl fuels rise in opioid deaths

Prescriptions for opioids at lowest level since early 2015

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FENTANYL HELPED FUEL an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts over the first six months of the year, according to state public health officials whose new numbers show the addiction epidemic’s continuing toll even as state officials pour time and money into fighting it. The Department of Public Health (DPH)(...)

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Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pols in favor say it's a matter of racial justice as well as new revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS PROPONENTS GATHERED outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization. Massachusetts voters will decide at(...)

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Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Partial-fill legislation is step in right direction

CONGRESS HAS HELPED MASSACHUSETTS and the nation take another step forward in the battle against prescription drug abuse. The Comprehensive Recovery and Addiction Act (CARA), a bipartisan effort incorporating several pieces of legislation targeted at opioid abuse, has been passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, and President Obama has signed it into law. A(...)

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Top pols say just vote no

Top pols say just vote no

Officials focus on impact on kids in opposing pot ballot question

THE STATE’S TOP elected officials from both sides of the aisle made a powerful political appeal to oppose the ballot question that would legalize the adult use and commercial sale of marijuana: Vote no for the kids. At the William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School in downtown Boston, a facility aimed at students with addiction(...)

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SJC hears appeals on marijuana ballot question

SJC hears appeals on marijuana ballot question

Critics say referendum full of hidden exemptions, misleading info

OPPONENTS OF THE BALLOT QUESTION to legalize marijuana argued before the state’s highest court Wednesday that the initiative should be shelved for a number of reasons, including the fact that architects of the referendum slipped in a provision to let nonprofit medical marijuana facilities cash in by getting preferential treatment for retail licenses. In addition,(...)

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Senate nixes med marijuana fees for vets

Senate nixes med marijuana fees for vets

Measure filed after vet protested outside State House

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Veterans who qualify to access medical marijuana through the state’s dispensary program would no longer have to pay annual registration fees under a rider that the Senate tacked onto its fiscal 2017 budget Tuesday night. The amendment was sponsored by Sens. Jason Lewis and Vinny deMacedo, both members of a Senate(...)

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Medical pot dispensaries can cash in with ballot question

Medical pot dispensaries can cash in with ballot question

Nonprofits get first crack at licenses, exemptions under referendum

THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY in Massachusetts, which has been struggling to get off the ground, could hit the jackpot if voters this fall approve a ballot question legalizing the commercial sale and recreational use of the drug. The ballot question gives the operators of medical marijuana dispensaries, even those who have only filed applications for a(...)

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