Friday, February 12th, 2015
Democrats Push $600 Million Emergency Heroin Bill [Huffington Post]
Shortly after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to increase funding for addiction treatment and prevention, Democrats who said it didn’t go far enough introduced another $600 million to go toward state-level treatment and increased Rx drug monitoring.
What’s an Antidote to Death Worth? [Philadelphia Daily News]
The “price tag on heroin-users’ lives”—for naloxone—can reach $187 in Philadelphia. Costs of the drug that reverses opioid overdoses have spiked dramatically, with a couple manufacturers raising the prices by 50 and 60% in 2014.
Pregnant Women and Drug Use: Media Reinforces Stigma and Stereotypes [Women’s Media Center]
The Women’s Media Center criticizes Reuters’ “Helpless and Hooked” series on infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (after being exposed to opioids in-utero) as “fallacious,” “sensationalist” journalism.
California dispensaries say Super Bowl weekend caused their sales to soar up to 29% above average, with one dispensary reporting a 310% increase in deliveries. Interestingly, sales on Super Bowl Sunday actually dropped…
The Dept. of Homeland Security says international drug traffickers are tricking senior citizens into smuggling their product across borders. They snag the unfortunate seniors on social media, offering them a “business opportunity” to travel abroad.
How I Quit my Smartphone Addiction and Really Started Living [The Guardian]
A woman who “hates being bossed around” ditched her phone to stop 24/7 contact from employers and friends. She’s been “clean” a year and a half, and now lives on her own terms, calling you back on her own time (from a landline).