Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston’s public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. Teachers must stop recess to get dirty needles off the playground. Things…

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San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

For San Francisco, the statistics about opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The Public Works Department picks up more than 12,500 discarded needles every month at homeless hang-outs. San Francisco’s mayor,…

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  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston’s public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. Teachers must stop recess to get dirty needles off the playground. Things…

  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids. State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” Ohio Sues Big Pharma Ohio…

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don’t have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be to get help? Now, let’s add a new variable… That specialist…

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that’s about it change. The new instructions for drug testing might simply be: touch this. Just a simple…

  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA’s annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 and then slowly declined for several years. However, since 2010,…