Drug Addiction

Medical marijuana could ease opioid crisis

Medical marijuana could ease opioid crisis

Lack of dispensaries leads many in pain to use drugs

THE CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA for recreational use in Massachusetts is dominating headlines and polls while drawing some strong opposition from important people. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Gov. Charlie Baker are all saying the ballot question should not be passed into law. But regardless of where you stand on recreational(...)

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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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The gateway debate over marijuana

The gateway debate over marijuana

Science favors backers of legal pot, fear favors opponents

CHRIS LOWE, A 41-year-old carpenter on Martha’s Vineyard, has smoked pot since his early 20s, both legally and illegally. When he lived in Montana, he had a certificate to grow, sell, and use medical marijuana until the state changed its laws. He says he qualifies for medical marijuana in Massachusetts, but doesn’t bother because the bureaucracy(...)

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On weed, let’s stick to the facts

Facts are in short supply in the increasingly polarized debate over legalizing marijuana, which is why Jack Sullivan’s piece today in CommonWealth is refreshing. The article suggests the inability of law enforcement officials to test for marijuana impairment is a real problem, but also points to studies indicating a marijuana high isn’t the same as(...)

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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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