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Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s ban on using marijuana for medical purposes
Several Kentuckians who say they get relief from medical marijuana filed a lawsuit Wednesday to challenge the state’s criminal ban on the drug, arguing that cannabis is naturally effective and does not have the addictive dangers of opioid painkillers. more

They had $1 million worth of meth lollipops, including ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Batman’ ones, police say
Texas police seized more than a quarter ton of methamphetamine disguised as candy on Tuesday, and authorities say the people who allegedly had them were likely trying to target children. Harris County Sheriff Office deputies conducted the raid Tuesday morning after they received calls that a person was attempting to break into a Houston-area home. more

Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict
For years, people with addiction have wondered when the media would recognize our condition as a medical problem, not a moral one — when they would stop reducing us to mere "addicts" and speak of us in the more respectful and accurate "person first" language that has become common for people with other diseases and disorders. more

TSRI Anti-Heroin Vaccine Found Effective in Non-Human Primates
A vaccine developed at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to block the “high” of heroin has proven effective in non-human primates. This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing. “This validates our previous rodent data and positions our vaccine in a favorable light for anticipated clinical evaluation,” said study leader Kim Janda, the Ely R. Callaway Jr. Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI.

FDA wants opioid painkiller pulled off market
he US Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals must remove its powerful opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market. The agency says this the first time it has asked that an opioid pain medication be pulled due to "the public health consequences of abuse."

New tips to ease recovery from addiction
Those recovering from an addiction know what a challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on friends and family supporting your endeavor. While a physician should be consulted in working out a recovery plan, there are ways to smooth the road ahead. more

WKYT Investigates: Meth is back, purer and more potent than ever
The crystal methamphetamine many counties in Kentucky are seeing is a purer form than the days of the old meth labs. "It's very addictive," Chief Bird said. "More addictive than the stuff we saw years ago." He showed Combs the latest delivery from the forensic lab. The majority of the evidence was crystal meth. more

Tiger Woods DUI: Prescription drugs are a growing threat to safety on American roads
Tiger Woods isn’t the only one driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested early Monday near his home on Jupiter Island, Fla., for driving under the influence. Police reportedly found him asleep at the steering wheel of a running vehicle and arrested him because of his slurred speech and for failing police-instructed roadside tasks. more

SFU professor tests virtual reality to help addiction recovery
An addictions expert at Simon Fraser University is hoping a virtual reality program will yield results when it comes to helping people with addictions. “I was thinking, it makes perfect sense for us to use virtual reality while they’re still in the program to sort of assess where they are in terms of their comfort zone,” said Faranak Farzan, a professor at SFU and chair of Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health. more

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