“Desperate times call for innovative measures,” said Priya Mammen of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “We’re in a position now where we have to rethink everything.” Yesterday, the idea of “safer injection sites” was proposed at a meeting of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic,
Defense attorney charges that antidrug agent went too far when he told a suspect accused of trafficking heroin that the police would consider, in exchange for cooperation, releasing the man and installing him as the region’s leading drug dealer for six months. It was a ruse.
The union, its members wracked by overdose deaths, is challenging one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers, demanding that AmerisourceBergen Corp. investigate its own sales practices and potential supply chain diversions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed doubt that marijuana could help mitigate the opioid abuse epidemic, but said, “Maybe science will prove I’m wrong.” The Washington Post takes a look at the scientific evidence.
“We desperately need funding for treatment,” says Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, calling the overdose death figures “horrific.” A study found that only half of drugs needed to treat addicts are available.
In a new policy of District Attorney Kim Ogg, people caught with up to four ounces of marijuana can avoid arrest or jail time by taking a four-hour drug-education class. The plan is expected to save more than $25 million.
Trump’s “public safety and national security budget” promises cuts in foreign aid, which could include major anti-drug programs in Mexico and Colombia. More details of the budget may come in tonight’s presidential address to Congress.
City is the latest to start a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) plan, in which police can take low-level drug suspects to treatment rather than to jail. LEAD was started in 2011 in Seattle, where an evaluation found it effective.