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“The excuse that ‘I am simply dealing this drug to support my own habit because I can’t get into treatment or have to wait to get into treatment and I simply need to sell this drug so I don’t get sick …’ is not valid,” Thomas Anderson VT Public Safety Comm

Green Cross Strong news - VT Digger .org reports - Brattleboro, VT: BRATTLEBORO — Local Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald stood by listening as Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson read the proverbial riot act to drug dealers who’ve pushed this southeastern town’s opioid overdose numbers to the highest in the state. ... Share More:
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76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

GREEN CROSS STRONG news - The Washington Post Scott Higham ,Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich reports - Washington, DC: America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according Share More: Just six companies distributed 75 percent of the pills during this period: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal…
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel Leader, Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 30 Years

US STRONG news - DOJustice United States reports – Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced today by District Judge Brian M. Cogan to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known…
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Justice Department Announces Results in Fight Against the Opioid Crisis At One Year Mark of Operation S.O.S.

GREEN CROSS STRONG news - DOJustice United States reports - One year ago, the Justice Department announced the formation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (), a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas as well as identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.   Over the past year, 10 districts with some of the highest drug…
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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Dramatically Reform New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program, Expand Patient Access

STATEHOUSE .NEWS - Office of the Gov reports FREEHOLD – Governor Phil Murphy today signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act to dramatically reform New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) and expand patient access to medical marijuana. “Today’s legislation creates a medical marijuana program that is modernized, compassionate, progressive, and meets the needs of patients,” said Governor ;“I am proud to stand with my legislative…
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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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Radiation Treatment Increases Cardiac Risk for Lung Cancer Patients

Study finds high risk of a major cardiovascular event within two years of exposure to thoracic radiotherapy and cardiac radiation dose Brigham and Women’s Hospital reports - Boston, MA — As advances in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) extend patients’ lives, more of these patients are facing a different threat: adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and heart failure. A new…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – NJ Governor Murphy to deploy Lifesaving Overdose reversal Naloxone during Free Distribution Throughout New Jersey on June 18

Will Lifesaving Non Drug Abuser Diabetes Insulin be next ? GREEN CROSS STRONG NEWS. Visit Participating Pharmacies to Anonymously Obtain Free Lifesaving Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdoses. NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS – Office of the Governor reports TRENTON, NJ – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced free distribution of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey on June 18. As part…
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