CANCER AWARENESS – Alcohol Causes Cancer and Cost Taxpayers $2.+ per drink

Alcohol is known to be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck (mouth, throat, and voice box), liver, colon, rectum, and breast.  The cost of this dangerous behavior impacts many aspects of the drinker’s life and the lives of those around them. However, most of the costs resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses for treating problems caused by excessive drinking (11% of total), law enforcement and other criminal justice expenses (10%), and losses from motor vehicle crashes related to excessive alcohol use (5%). Alcohol is also an important—though often overlooked—risk factor for cancer. In fact, studies have shown that alcohol…
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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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The City of Boston has filed a complaint against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor. via Boston Strong .com NEWS -  Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston has filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor that have contributed to the local opioid epidemic through misleading marketing and reckless dissemination of opioids that has led to the deaths of more than 723 Boston residents since 2013. As part of the litigation, the City is seeking to recover both past and future damages and injunctive…
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Justice Department, DEA propose significant opioid manufacturing reduction in 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking marks the third straight year of proposed reductions, which help reduce the amount of drugs potentially diverted for trafficking and used to facilitate addiction. On…
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Nation – USAG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Cracking Down on Synthetic Opioid Sales

Washington, DC: by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III – The United States is facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history. The latest statistics suggest that approximately 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2017 — the highest drug death toll in a single year and the fastest single-year increase in that death toll in American history. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are living with the consequences of a family member’s addiction or an addiction of their own. It is incredible but true that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death. Sadly, Florida knows the consequences of this crisis all…
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New York State Department of Health Announces Opioid Replacement Now a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

ALBANY, NY (July 12, 2018) - The New York State Department of Health today announced the filing of emergency regulations adding any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Effective immediately, registered practitioners may certify patients to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids, provided that the precise underlying condition for which an opioid would otherwise be prescribed is stated on the patient's certification. This allows patients with severe pain that doesn't meet the definition of chronic pain to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids. In addition, the regulation adds opioid…
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