Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2018 – White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF, MB) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.   “Many rural communities in America have been especially hard hit by the opioid crisis,” said Deputy Director Carroll. “ONDCP…
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International Overdose Awareness Day NJ

NewJerseyStrong .com NEWS - WATCH NEWS VIDEO - Capitol County holds International Overdose Awareness Day. Robbinsville, NJ: The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Robbinsville Township, and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County hold a candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives to Opioid overdose. At least 72,000 people overdose on opioids per year in the United States. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held one day during the last week in August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends…
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Boston Medical New Strategy to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Collaborations between Public Safety and Public Health Agencies

Boston Medical Center, Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found four types of collaborative programs have emerged Boston, MA: - A new study shows that public health and public safety agencies established local, collaborative programs in Massachusetts to connect overdose survivors and their personal networks with addiction treatment, harm reduction, and other community support services following a non-fatal overdose. The study, published online in the, is the first of its kind to attempt to systematically document this emerging approach to combating the opioid epidemic. From December 2015 to January 2016, Department of Public Health…
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Medical Marijuana Use Now Allowed at NJ Schools

The NJ Weedman Ed Forshon and NJ Coalition for Medical Marijuana spokesman Jim Miller during NJ Statehouse 2015 Rally to legalize medical marijuana in schools. Stanley Brick photographer (C)2015. Hillsborough, NJ: via Patch ...“The Board of Education, in accordance with the requirements of 18A:40­, must adopt a Policy authorizing parents, guardians, and primary caregivers to administer medical marijuana to a qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school­ sponsored event,” according to the policy Hillsborough BOE passed. Governor Chris Christie passed a statue on Nov. 9, 2015 that requires all school districts in New Jersey to adopt…
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Scientists have found that smoking weed does not make you stupid

  Washington, DC: You might have heard that smoking marijuana makes you stupid. If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, that was more or less the take-home message of countless anti-drug PSAs. In more recent years, it's a message we've heard — albeit in more nuanced form — from Republican candidates on the campaign trail and from marijuana opponents at the state-level. The contemporary version of argument can be traced to a 2012 Duke University study, which found that persistent, heavy marijuana use through adolescence and young adulthood was associated with declines in IQ. Other researchers have since criticized that…
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GROUP URGES VERMONT TO LOOK AT HEALTH EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Burlington, VT: A major public health group is urging lawmakers to consider the health risks associated with legalizing marijuana. The Vermont chapter of the American Public Health Association, the VtPHA, released a list of policy proposals Wednesday, that officials say will help curb negative effects of using pot and steer the legislative debate toward health concerns. VtPHA recommends that the state restrict marijuana use in public places; set standards for licensed retailers; place clear limits on intoxication levels for drugged driving; and hire sufficient personnel to adequately regulate the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana. Several of the VtPHA’s more …
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NJ Allows Medical Marijuana in Schools

TRENTON, NJ: Several South Jersey families are celebrating the news that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Monday a long-awaited medical marijuana bill. The bill requires facilities and schools providing services to residents with developmental disabilities to adopt policies allowing administration of medical marijuana Social Share:  --------------------------------------------------------------------- Trenton, NJ: Ed Forchion, the “NJ Weedman”, holds “Marijuana is safer than alcohol” sign as he speaks at the Trenton Statehouse in New Jersey. Medical marijuana advocate Jim Miller, co-founder of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana, hold sign asking NJ Governor Chris Christie to Pass “Genny’s” bill allowing medical marijuana prescription use in schools.  Genny is treated…
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Senate Passes Bill Letting Veterans Access Medical Marijuana

The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that allows military veterans to more easily access medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Under current Department of Veterans Affairs regulations, doctors who work for the cannot issue cannabis recommendations, even in the 23 states that have laws allowing for medical use. But under language in Social Share: 
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Ohio Medical pot plan on burner at Statehouse

Lawmakers weigh ‘measured approach’ to medical marijuana. By Laura A. Bischoff. Dayton Daily News. Columbus bureau. COLUMBUS, OH - A day after voters loudly said no to a full blown marijuana legalization plan, state lawmakers began discussing the possibility of crafting a medical marijuana law that would bring the drug to patients in need. But don’t expect a speedy outcome. “Now we can have a new and open conversation Share More: 
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