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Jeffersontown Police aim to help heroin addicts by cutting down on arrests
The city of Jeffersontown, Kentucky and its police department are changing the approach to fighting crime, trying to make fewer arrests to deal with a growing heroin problem. It is part of a plan to help heroin users get clean. They can actually report to the Jeffersontown Police Department without the fear of being arrested and taken to jail. more
Heroin antidote offered to Kentucky high schools; Fayette declines Kentucky education and drug control officials are working with a pharmaceutical company that is offering two free doses of Narcan nasal spray for the emergency treatment of heroin and opioid overdose to every high school in the United States. more
Heroin antidote coming to Louisville schools?
A heroin antidote could be coming to private and public high schools in Louisville this fall. “It’s unfortunate that it’s gotten to this point," said Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, pointing to the "rash of overdoses in this state due to heroin and other opioids." more
11 things people don't tell you about growing up with an alcoholic parent.
My name is Ashley, and I am the child of an addict. As a kid, I cried when our family dinner reservation shrunk from four to three after a man with glassy eyes stumbled through the door. more
Maine Set To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Legalization This Year
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Wednesday that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which had circulated the proposed measure to voters, had gathered the requisite number of signatures to appear on November’s ballot. more
McAuliffe restores voting rights for 206K ex-felons; GOP calls it move to boost Clinton
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power. more
Heavy Marijuana Use Has Same Effect On Dopamine System Like Cocaine, Heroin
A recent study has proven that heavy use of cannabis can lead to a compromised dopamine system. Decreased release was found in the striatum, which is the part of the brain that helps in paying attention and memory. more
What Marijuana Can Teach Us About Addiction
When people think of the ravages of addiction, they tend to imagine needles in arms, broken bottles, flickering crack torches and trembling hands — not someone smoking a joint in front of the TV. But marijuana can be addictive, too — and understanding why helps explain how our drug policy has become so counterproductive. more
Veterans are on the frontline of the addiction epidemic, medical marijuana movement
On April 19, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will hear testimony and receive documentation concerning whether to allow providers to use medical marijuana to treat “addiction to opiates and drugs derived from chemical synthesis.” I hope department officials give due consideration to veterans as they reach their decision. When it comes to addiction, it’s important to talk about veterans. more