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Community Narcan Training Extends Our Life-Saving Capacity

GREEN CROSS STRONG NEWS - Boston Medical Center Alison Merrill reports - Boston, MA: Originally patented in 1961 by scientists searching for a treatment for constipation caused by chronic opioid use, naloxone quickly began being used for a markedly different purpose — as the premier antidote to opioid overdose. But it wasn’t until the last decade, as the opioid crisis snowballed into an epidemic of…
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GREEN CROSS STRONG News INNOVATION – 8 Finalists Announced in $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail

The White House reports - Washington, DC: Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate(S&T), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced eight finalists in the first stage of the Opioid Detection Challenge, which is a $ million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find…
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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,…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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