Spike In Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses In Washington, D.C.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: By now, the flooding and other damage from extreme weather is something you’ve heard about. Now, here’s a crisis you may not have heard much about – overdoses believed to have been caused by the use of synthetic marijuana. Here in Washington, D.C., officials say medics evaluated 118 people between Wednesday and midday Friday for suspected overdoses and transported nearly 100 of them to the hospital. And, according to The Washington Post, officials are looking into five deaths that they think may be related to the overdoses. In July, more than 300 people overdosed in Washington, D.C., …

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Drew Barrymore: Cocaine is my worst nightmare

The 43-year-old actress infamously went to rehab for addiction aged just 14 after succumbing to the pressures of being a child star, and whilst she said she would never return to drugs, she does admit she still likes to "drink and enjoy life". When asked if she misses cocaine, she said: "No. Oh god, I mean, it’s been a very long time, but no. Nothing would make me have a panic attack and seem like a bigger nightmare. I never did hallucinogenics … but I drink and I enjoy my life and get out of my own head. It’s not …

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How Delray, the nation’s relapse capital, got clean

Jim Chard won’t soon forget the day he realized that recovering and relapsing drug addicts were overrunning his Delray Beach neighborhood. Pulling into his Osceola Park home one day, he nearly ran over one of them lying in front of his garage. No compatible source was found for this media. “I shook the person and he came awake,” Chard said. “Turns out, he had been found the day before in a parking lot off Atlantic Avenue and taken to Bethesda” Hospital East. The person was among a group of newcomers to Delray, staying in single-family homes now housing a different …

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Agents Find Another Pineapple Shipment Containing More Than $3 Million In Smuggled Cocaine

Authorities discovered a massive shipment of cocaine smuggled inside boxes of imported pineapples for the second time in week at a port in Delaware. Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigating suspicious shipments at the Port of Wilmington on Wednesday were alerted to the presence of narcotics inside several pallets of pineapples by a K-9 unit. Inside the corrugated boxes holding the pineapples, officers discovered 244 bags of cocaine, reports WDEL. Officials said the haul of more than 100 pounds of cocaine, which was shipped from Costa Rica, carries an estimated value of roughly $3 million. (RELATED: The ‘Number …

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DUI checkpoint results in 12 arrests, officer exposed to heroin and fentanyl: State police

Several people were arrested when they encountered a DUI checkpoint in York County. Some of those arrested tried to bypass the checkpoint entirely, and one person even sped through the checkpoint at officers manning the checkpoint. Another suspect tried to obtain a firearm from his waistband when approached by police. State police in York conducted the checkpoint on Saturday on State Route 3036 in York Township. That checkpoint was staffed troopers from York and Lancaster, as well as police from York Area Regional, West Manchester Township, York, and the York County Sheriff’s Department. At one point, two drivers attempted to …

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You don’t fight drugs by accommodating addiction | Stu Bykofsky

JESSICA GRIFFIN Casting the city’s opioid crisis as a "What Would Jesus Do" equation, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Tom Farley told KYW NewsRadio, "If it were your daughter who you’ve tried to get into drug treatment, but she was continuing to inject despite that, you would want to make sure she injected safely so that she doesn’t die." I would want to protect my daughter, but that doesn’t mean I would steer her to what’s coming: A city-overseen "safe injection site" that is neither safe nor legal. I would consider myself a failure as a parent if I did not get …

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Ohio prosecutor requests no bond after big fentanyl seizure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor is asking a judge to deny bond for four men accused of possessing a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of fentanyl. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien in central Ohio said that amount of pure fentanyl could potentially kill thousands of people. Columbus police seized the fentanyl, three guns and $10,000 in a Thursday raid. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin, has been blamed for thousands of deaths around the country. The deadly drug is often mixed with heroin or painkillers, sometimes without the users’ knowledge. Dr. Anahi Ortiz (AN’-ih-hee ohr-TEEZ’) is the …

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Remembering those lost to addiction on Overdose Awareness Day

Buy Photo They joined on a sunny afternoon in Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, to remember lives lost to heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers. To end the stigma that puts those with addiction in hiding, and makes treatment elusive. On International Overdose Awareness Day, mother’s, fathers, friends and others, public officials and police recognized the disease of addiction here at a first-time event in our city. ‘We need to remember those lives lost to substance use disorder,” said Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus. “Addiction does not define the person, it describes the disease that our loved ones are struggling with,” said Katie Renfrow, …

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DEA puts “Fake MDMA” in Schedule I

Ecstasy pills (portokalis / Getty Images/ iStockphoto) A synthetic cathinone that’s been linked to 151 overdose deaths in the United States in the last three years is now considered a Schedule I drug — the same class as heroin, LSD and ecstasy — the nation’s drug enforcement agency announced on Friday. N-Ethyl- pentylone , which belongs to the family of “bath salts” and is sometimes dubbed “fake MDMA,” is considered more potent than MDMA and has been linked to deaths and mass overdoses, particularly in music festivals , around the world. The designer drug acts as a stimulant and can …

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2 arrested after cocaine and marijuana are seized from Davie home, police say

Ross Michael Henshaw, left, and Phillip James Stein, arrested Tuesday during a drug raid at a Davie home, police say. Two convicted felons were arrested Tuesday after police seized more than a pound of cocaine and three pounds of marijuana during a search of a Davie home. A police dog alerted an officer to an odor of narcotics in a kitchen refrigerator and freezer and two bedrooms at the home in the 13000 block of Southwest Sixth Street, according to a police report. Other items taken into evidence include a Sig Sauer handgun and six bullets; a composition book that …

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