Tag Archives: Local Government

Safe-Injection Program Survives Another Shutdown Attempt by Canadian Government

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has rejected a lawsuit from Canada’s Conservative government that sought to shutter Vancouver’s Insight safe-injection program for IV-drug users, the Canwest News Service reported Jan. 16. Insite was established as a three-year program in …

D.C. Moves Quickly to Allow Medical Marijuana

The District of Columbia will soon implement the medical-marijuana program approved by voters a decade ago but long blocked by Congress, the Washington Post reported Dec. 15. “We’ve waited 10 years,” said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.  “There is no …

Death Warnings May Actually Encourage Smokers

Warning smokers that cigarettes can kill them could backfire as a prevention strategy, according to researchers who said that other types of warning messages could be more effective for somesmokers. Reuters reported Dec. 9 that researchers said that individuals who …

Obama Dodges Drug Legalization Question

President Barack Obama laughed off a question on drug legalization from a student during a recent forum at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania, CBS News reported Dec. 4. One of four questions taken by Obama at an economic town-hall meeting …

Supreme Court Decision Plays Role in Drug Convictions Being Overturned

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that criminal defendants have the right to directly challenge forensic experts who prepare drug tests and other lab reports has caused several gun and drug convictions to be overturned in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe …

Fatal Overdoses Often Involve Methadone, Washington Study Finds

Methadone was involved in 64 percent of fatal overdoses on prescription opiate drugs in the state of Washington, more than double the rate of overdoses on oxycodone or hydrocodone, according to a new report from state and federal health officials. …

Mexico’s Cocaine Use Doubles

Over the last six years cocaine use in Mexico has doubled, according to a recent report issued by the Mexican government, the Associated Press reported Oct. 17. In 2008, 2.4 percent of Mexicans 12 to 65 years of age used …

Drug Czar Urges Police to Advocate Against Legalization

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske’s thinking about drug addiction has moved from disdain to enlightenment over the past decade, but the former police chief views drug legalization as a “non-starter” and is urging law-enforcement officials to speak out against …

Denver Newspaper Seeks Marijuana Critic

Many newspapers have food critics or even wine critics, but an alternative weekly in Denver is tapping into the interests of its own audience demographics by seeking a critic to review the city’s medical marijuana scene. CBS News reported Oct. …

Sleeping Problems Linger for Recovering Alcoholics

People in recovery from alcohol addictions can suffer sleep disruptions for months or years after they stop drinking, Reuters reported Oct. 2. Researchers at SRI International monitored the brain activity during sleep of a group of 42 people in recovery …