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Drug Update: Kratom

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Kratom could be the drug that sweeps the nation in 2015 and authorities are struggling to determine what exactly it is and what it does. Until now Kratom has not been seriously studied  because the effects have not been as harmful...

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Cleveland’s Heroin Epidemic

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]Cleveland is facing a heroin epidemic with more than 900 overdoses from the drug in the past year.  This is putting pressure on the healthcare system and the judicial system as drug courts, an alternative to incarceration for narcotics, are becoming...

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Heroin in New Hampshire

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]New Hampshire prisons are facing overcrowding as more people in the state are incarcerated for drug abuse, especially with a heroin epidemic raging there. About 2/3 of inmates are incarcerated for drug abuse, possession or sales. The striking figure is the...

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Drug tests for West Virginia students

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]A state-run program, WorkForce West Virginia, only drug tests those participants who seek tuition reimbursement. The program serves 114,520 people in 2014 but only performed drug tests on 1,205 of them.  The program director talked about the drug testing policy implemented in...

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New York Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] UPDATE Effective Monday, December 15, 2014, urine drug testing (UDT) will become a mandatory component of New York’s chronic opioid management guidelines for the purposes of establishing a baseline and a process for ongoing assessment of injured workers’ adherence to prescribed opioid treatment. SUMMARY Section F.3.d.i...

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