How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic

Published: Aug 9, 2017, 1:08 pm • Updated: Aug 9, 2017, 1:08 pm By Robin Feldman, The Conversation “A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session…

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New Mexico Health Sec rejects medical marijuana for opiate addiction, citing lack of scientific evidence

Published: Jun 16, 2017, 7:26 am • Updated: Jun 16, 2017, 7:32 am By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer’s disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to…

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Massachusetts sheriffs: Increase proposed marijuana tax, use money for addiction treatment

Published: Apr 25, 2017, 1:49 pm • Updated: Apr 25, 2017, 1:49 pm By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Sheriffs urged state lawmakers Monday to boost the tax consumers will pay on recreational marijuana and earmark the additional revenue for substance abuse prevention and treatment. The proposal was…

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Sean Spicer correlated marijuana use to opioid addiction. Medical research is not on his side

Published: Feb 24, 2017, 7:49 am • Updated: Feb 24, 2017, 8:39 am By Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post The epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States has been well documented. A staggering 33,000 people died in 2015 from overdosing on prescription painkillers, heroin or similar drugs, on par…

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Georgia legislature eyes medical marijuana expansion, craft beer sales and opioid addiction response

Published: Feb 7, 2017, 8:23 am • Updated: Feb 7, 2017, 8:27 am By Kathleen Foody and Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers began talks about the ongoing opioid crisis this week at the Georgia Capitol as lawmakers passed the quarter mark of the 40-day working session. Here’s…

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