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Canada Legalizes Heroin and Extends Operation of Safe Injection Sites

Scott MacDonald is the lead physician at Crosstown Clinic, a Vancouver, British Columbia medical facility that opened in 2005 to conduct trials of prescription heroin. MacDonald has worked with 52 patients, though that number is expected to double now that the Canadian government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has passed guidelines making it possible for […]




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Deadly New Drug: U-47700 aka U4, Pink or Pinky

Another technically “legal” substance has been added to the wave of synthetic, or so called “research drugs,” that skirt state and federal law by slightly altering the molecular makeup. Known on the streets as U4, Pink or Pinky, U-47700 is a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than morphine. It’s been implicated in as many […]




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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is Breaking New Ground

A landmark study began recruitment in September 2016 of 10,000 healthy children between the ages of nine and 10-years-old. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, aptly abbreviated the ABCD Study, will follow participants into young adulthood, making it the longest and most thorough data available on the developing brain. The initial focus of the research […]




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Drug Offenders and Welfare Benefits – Lifting the Ban and Lending a Hand

One of the harshest and most ineffective polices of the U.S. government’s “war on drugs” is the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act which was passed in 1996. Sponsored by Republican John Kasich, Ohio’s state representative at the time, the act banned anyone with felony drug convictions from receiving welfare benefits, such as food […]




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National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 16 to 22, 2016

Nearly 10 years ago, Congress established the third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. The initiative began after a series of tragic car accidents that claimed the lives of several Pennsylvania high school students. The goal is to spark a discussion and raise awareness around issues of teenage driver and passenger safety […]




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World Mental Health Day – Mental Health First Aid for All

Overall health is not just about the body. Mental health plays an integral part in every person’s psychological and physical wellbeing. It’s impossible for the human experience to avoid moments of sadness, loss or depression. More than 43 million Americans – one in five – cope with some form of mental illness in a given […]




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