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Dramatic growth of heroin use in U.S., large increases among whites

Source : http://www.torontosun.com/2015/07/07/dramatic-growth-of-heroin-use-in-us-large-increases-among-whites The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin. The Centers for Disease Control ...

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Oregon Readies for Marijuana Legalization to Take Effect

Source : http://www.marijuana.com/blog/news/2015/06/oregon-readies-for-legalization-to-take-effect/ The voter-approved legalization of marijuana partially takes effect in Oregon this week, and the state wants to make sure people know how the new law works. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the body responsible for implementing Measure 91, which was passed by a margin of 56 percent to 44 ...

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Taking Harm Reduction Seriously

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/southern-harm-reduction-conference- The Fix reports from the fourth annual Southern Harm Reduction Conference. On June 5, the 2015 Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference kicked off with a most unusual opening. Far from the drudgery of hotel lobbies, conference goers in bathing suits and towels met atop Hooker Falls ...

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The Drug Policies of 2016’s Presidential Candidates, Part 2

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/drug-policies-2016s-presidential-candidates-part-2 Back in May we detailed the drug policies of presidential hopefuls. A month and a half later, the amount of candidates seems to have multiplied. Keep track of their stance on drugs here. Recently, The Fix ran a piece detailing the candidates’ positions on drugs and drug policy.Now, just ...

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Ecstasy may soon be a treatment for social anxiety among autistic adults

Source : http://www.psypost.org/2015/05/ecstasy-may-soon-be-a-treatment-for-social-anxiety-among-autistic-adults-34602 Researchers are planning the first pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults. In a recent review in press in the journal, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, a team of researchers led by Alicia Danforth, laid out their proposed methods and ...

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