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Medical Marijuana Use: A Complex Web of Rules and Regulations

As of August 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use, recreational use or both. Because marijuana use has not been approved under federal law, each state has its own rules and...

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Opioid Database Shows 76 Billion Pills Shipped Over Six-Year Period

If you want to know where all of the opioids that flooded the market came from or went, you need only look at data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Washington Post, in a blockbuster story, reported that over a six-year period...

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Opioid Funding Gives Boost to Addiction Treatment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has committed to spending $50 million to battle the nation’s opioid epidemic. The agency, which works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, announced it will award 18-month...

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Recognizing Opioid Addiction

In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, with somewhere around 68 percent of those deaths attributed to opioids. On average, 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

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DEA Wants Fentanyl Classified as Schedule 1 Drug Permanently

Concerned that synthetic drugs, particularly fentanyl, are driving the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) earlier this month asked Congress to make permanent an emergency ban classifying all fentanyl knock-offs as...

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Drug Abuse Across America: Where Does Your State Rank?

It’s been nearly a half century since President Richard Nixon called for a war on drugs and signed the Controlled Substances Act into law. Since then, harsher laws have been passed and enforcement efforts have increased. Yet, the country...

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