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Recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont

Recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont

With the federal bodies and state governments adopting a flexible approach toward marijuana, Vermont becomes the ninth state to permit the use of the drug for recreational purposes. It is the first state to get the drug legalized for recreational purposes through a legislative vote. The new law is effective July 1, 2018 and permits adults above 21 years of age to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of weed, its two mature plants and four immature plants. A system is yet to be set up to tax or regulate the production of the drug. The lack of proper provisions to open up pot shops makes it necessary for the drug users to grow it themselves or buy from drug dealers. Continue reading

Drug-contaminated waterways making eels high on cocaine, says study

Drug-contaminated waterways making eels high on cocaine, says study

Cocaine, notorious as one of the most powerful addictive stimulant drugs with a potential for wreaking havoc on the users’ life, has been damaging another sub-class of the food chain — silver eels. A recent study has found that critically endangered silver eels have trouble mating and reproducing when high on cocaine found in drug-contaminated river water. This process is further threatening the very existence of the species. Continue reading

Methadone more efficient than morphine in treating infants addicted to opioid, says study

Methadone more efficient than morphine in treating infants addicted to opioid, says study

With the steady rise in opioid crisis in the United States, it is likely that one baby is born every 19 minutes to a mother addicted to a drug who was on painkillers (opioid prescriptions). Given the need to provide an efficient and safe treatment, a recent study compared two most prevalent treatments i.e. methadone and morphine, for infants addicted to drugs and found that the former is more effective than the latter for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Continue reading

New York Health Commissioner endorses legalization of recreational marijuana

New York Health Commissioner endorses legalization of recreational marijuana

It was only last year that New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, a democrat, dubbed marijuana a “gateway drug.” However, things are different today. The state is almost on the verge of legalizing the drug for recreational purposes as a study commissioned by Gov. Cuomo initiated in January 2018 is all set to recommend that the adults in the state be allowed to legally consume the drug. Continue reading

Changing values: Survey says most Americans find it okay to drink, use marijuana

Changing values: Survey says most Americans find it okay to drink, use marijuana

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

  • Roy Disney

The words of wisdom from the noted American businessman signify the value for human lives. A set of principles, standards or qualities held in high regard, values guide the way humans live their lives and have a profound influence in the way they formulate their decisions. Formed by a particular set of beliefs that are considered to be worthwhile, values can influence one’s judgment and the support one offers to others. Our values prevent us from doing something wrong, even drinking or doing drugs. So we thought! Continue reading

Monterey County investigators pull off largest opium bust in the history of California

Monterey County investigators pull off largest opium bust in the history of California

In one of the largest drug busts in California, authorities seized tonnes of opium poppies from Monterey County recently. According to reports, the Monterey County sheriff’s investigators seized more than 34,000 pounds of opium poppies over the period of five weeks. The seized opium poppies, considered the biggest in the history of California, were being cultivated in eight separate fields around the northern part of the county using 5.6 acres of land for the plantation. Continue reading

Treating addiction behind bars – a step towards improving lives and reducing recidivism

Treating addiction behind bars – a step towards improving lives and reducing recidivism

At the end of year 2016, state and federal correctional facilities in the United States held more than 1 million inmates, with nearly half of them serving sentence for drug-related offenses. To reduce overcrowding and recidivism in prisons, correctional authorities began expanding prison-based drug treatment programs. While these programs were not enough to facilitate long-term recovery, the inmates stood a better chance both inside and outside the prisons when they participated in these drug abuse programs during their incarceration. Continue reading

Rep. Tom Garrett quits race for re-election to seek treatment for alcoholism

Rep. Tom Garrett quits race for re-election to seek treatment for alcoholism

Virginia Republican Tom Garrett recently announced his decision not to seek re-election from Central Virginia in the November 2019 elections, owing to his alcohol addiction. The congressman said that he needed to spend more time to recover. In an emotional video statement recently in Richmond’s Capital Square, the 46-year-old told the public that those who know him well, recognized him as a good man and an “alcoholic.” It was the hardest statement he had ever made publicly, he said. According to several of his former staffers, the Virginia republican was seen drinking in his office. Continue reading