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Utah Prison Debate

Utah is considering spending less than originally planned on a prison re-build and funneling some of those funds toward drug treatment, education, rehabilitation and drug courts. Drug courts provide an alternative to incarceration for those who are charged with possession, not distribution, of an illicit
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Heart Disease and Drugs

Heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. CDC statistics show that approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease each year, which accounts for
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Recent Workers’ Compensation Legislation Impacts New York

At this year’s New York Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, Steven M. Scotti, Esq., provided an update on various aspects of recent workers’ compensation legislation impacting New York. In 2014, there were over 100 workers’ compensation bills pending, 65% of which were pro-labor. READ MORE.
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Workplace and Addiction

Intoxicated employees, whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pose a threat to themselves and their colleagues in the workplace. Substance abuse in the workplace can also lead to decreased productivity, health problems, increased absenteeism, and other issues. An effective substance-abuse program in the
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Heroin-Linked Deaths Have Skyrocketed

Overdose deaths from heroin have skyrocketed, having increased 39 percent from 2012 to 2013. The number of deaths from heroin rose to 8,257 from 5,925. The rise in fatal heroin overdoses is likely due in part to users of prescription painkillers switching to the cheaper
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Drug Update: Kratom

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 as those from Spice,
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Cleveland’s Heroin Epidemic

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 overly utilized. There are
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Heroin in New Hampshire

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 growth in female inmates
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Drug tests for West Virginia students

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 2012 and has collected
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New York Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines

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 of
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Drug Update: Shatter

A new street drug, “Shatter”, has hit the market in at least two states, Texas and Nebraska. It is a concentrated form of THC. It can appear amber in color and looks crystalline or glass-like. It is reported to have a much less distinct smell
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