The Daily Buzz: Naloxone Price Hikes, Super Bowl Pot Sales, Seniors Tricked Into Trafficking

Feb 12 2016

The Daily Buzz: Naloxone Price Hikes, Super Bowl Pot Sales, Seniors Tricked Into Trafficking

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.

Super Bowl Sparks Increase in Marijuana Sales [Forbes]

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…

Seniors Fooled Into Smuggling Drugs Across International Borders [AOL]

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).