Drugs, Social Problems

E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of Federal Inaction. A decade after Congress gave the F.D.A. the power to regulate tobacco products like e-cigarettes, the federal government has repeatedly delayed or weakened efforts that could have protected teenagers. The missed opportunities to regulate e-cigarettes span two administrations.By Katie Thomas and Sheila Kaplan Oct. 14, 2019

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Drugs, Family, Social Problems

Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise?

The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment with legalized marijuana has infused the drug into almost every corner of life. Workers prepared for marijuana planting on Woody Farms in Pueblo, Colo. The state’s first-in-the-nation experiment with legalizing recreational marijuana put it on the front lines of changing America’s drug laws. By Jack Healy

June 30, 2019 DENVER — Serenity Christensen, 14, is too young to set foot in one of Colorado’s many marijuana shops, but she was able to spot a business opportunity in legal weed. She is a Girl Scout, and this year, she and her mother decided to sell their cookies outside a dispensary. “Good business,” Serenity said. But on the other side of Denver, legalization has turned another high school student, David Perez, against the warehouselike marijuana cultivations now clustered around his neighborhood. He said their skunky aroma often smacks him in the face when he walks out his front door.

These are the ripples of five years of legal marijuana.

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Drugs, Social Problems

In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.

William Glen Miller Sr. has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. He lost one leg to a heroin-related infection and now lives in a nursing home in Baltimore.

By Abby Goodnough

May 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s, fueling desperation and crime that remain endemic in many neighborhoods. But lately, despite heroin’s long, deep history here, users say it has become nearly impossible to find.

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African-Americans, Drugs, Race, Social Problems

Opinion: The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White. Contrary to media portrayals, overdose deaths are ravaging communities of color. By Abdullah Shihipar. Mr. Shihipar is a graduate student in public health. Feb. 26, 2019 Image: A heroin user displaying a needle in a South Bronx neighborhood in 2017. The South Bronx had one of New York’s highest rates of opioid-related deaths that year.

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Drugs, Social Problems

Safe Injection Site for Opioid Users Faces Trump Administration Crackdown A Philadelphia group was set to open the facility to help prevent overdose deaths. But the Justice Department says it would “normalize” the use of deadly drugs. Image: Used needles along train tracks in an open air drug market in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. By Abby Goodnough Feb. 6, 2019

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Drugs, Healthcare, Social Problems

Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths. Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. Family and friends of people who died of opioid overdoses left pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, in August. Family and friends of people who died of opioid overdoses left pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, in August. By Abby Goodnough Jan. 18, 2019

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