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Rebecca Kesby

19 October 2020

Portugal

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When Portugal became the first country to decriminalize personal possession and use of small amounts of drugs, choosing to shift to treating drug abuse as a health rather than a criminal matter, the feared downside of...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

Yes! Magazine

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

14 August 2020

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reacted to COVID-19 with aggressive measures that yielded fewer illnesses than in neighboring counties, and no deaths, all without outside help. But one of their preventive measure...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

4 June 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Alamosa, Colorado, gives police officers the option of sending people to substance abuse treatment rather than straight into the criminal justice system. Used i...

Columbia Missourian

Sarah Haselhorst

17 December 2019

Columbia, Missouri, United States

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In Boone County, Missouri the Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy (HEAT) program offers young men an alternative to incarceration for drug-related offenses. The program works primarily with black men, many...

The Marshall Project

Cary Aspinwall

4 November 2019

Taft, Oklahoma, United States

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More than 500 people in Oklahoma had their drug possession felony sentences commuted after voters approved an initiative that changed some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The commutation led to...

Desert Sun

Melissa Daniels

10 October 2019

Desert Hot Springs, California, United States

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California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, has taken many steps toward low-carbon sustainability in its operations. The company uses commercial-scale solar energy, reverse-mounted ceiling fans, and microburst irr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Carlyn Zwarenstein

24 August 2019

Porto, Portugal

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Since introducing both the decriminalization of a range of substances like heroin and cocaine and new harm-reduction strategies in 2001, Portugal has seen success in driving down HIV cases, overdoses, and needle shari...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew J. Yawn

21 June 2019

Florida, United States

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The United States has continuously put resources towards fighting the war on drugs, but a recent research collaborative that resulted in a comprehensive model has shown that there is a lot to be learned from the failu...

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Kathleen Hawkins

Hannah McNeish

18 June 2019

Portugal

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In 2001, facing a 20-year opioid epidemic, Portugal decriminalized all personal drug use, meaning people carrying drugs for personal use could no longer face prosecution or jail. The approach, met with public support,...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Austen Bundy

16 April 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In 2018, Baltimore passed a harm-reduction bill that allowed the distribution of fentanyl testing strips to assess if fentanyl has been laced into drugs. The decriminalization of these follow similar harm reduction tr...

New Hampshire Bar News

Melanie Plenda

29 March 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire has adopted a hub and spoke model to addressing substance abuse, funneling funds into a variety of directed, diverse approaches. In doing so, it has expanded training, increased communication and collabo...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Julian Hernandez

6 March 2019

Nogales, Arizona, United States

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On the United States’ southern border, law enforcement are changing how they address drug overdoses. In places like Nogales, AZ, police are taking a public engagement approach, seeking to work with citizens to prevent...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

11 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is rolling out a new program that aims to get people the help they need rather than place them in jail where they are likely to relapse. Similar to programs already working in other s...

North Carolina Health News

Taylor Knopf

21 January 2019

Switzerland

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By prioritizing treatment over law enforcement, Switzerland dramatically reduced its drug problem. In 1994, the country adopted a progressive policy to treat heroin addiction as a public health crisis, focusing on har...

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Jeremy Cooke

8 January 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rather than treat opioid users like criminals, Vancouver has deemed it a public health crisis. The city, especially its downtown east side, witnessed 1,500 deaths in just one year from opioid use. Its approach is uniq...

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Deborah Bonello

2 October 2018

Honduras

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Honduras had the worst homicide rate in the world in 2012 but since then it has drastically reduced those numbers. President Juan Orlando Hernández has focused on dismantling the country's gangs by replacing one main ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

19 September 2018

Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

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In Canada, where the legalization of marijuana will become official in mid-October, some towns are gearing up by creating employment opportunities related to the now burgeoning industry. The so-called "green rush" is ...

Public Radio International

Rebecca Collard

22 August 2018

Bekka Valley, Lebanon

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The Lebanese parliament has started considering whether to legalize cannabis for medical use. The move would raise much-needed funds and create state-sanctioned jobs, according to McKinsey consulting firm. The governm...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

18 July 2018

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, many actors are participating to coordinate solutions to the opioid crisis. Among the most effective solutions are training physicians to help patients manage pain without opiates, helping patients w...

The New York Times

Julie Appleby

19 June 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Doctors at Johns Hopkins and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School are striving to establish new guidelines that are specific to surgical procedure and patient circumstance for prescribing opioids. The general consensus i...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

12 June 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Librarians across the nation are being trained to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. In Denver’s Central Library, 350 staff members were trained to administer the drug. “Libraries in New ...

The Muhlenberg Weekly

Gregory Kantor

5 June 2018

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Although the opioid epidemic has spread across America, this story argues that local solutions are needed. In Allentown, when somebody overdoses on opioids, they get a visit from a Blue Guardian, a trained volunteer t...

The New York Times

J. David Goodman

21 May 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Supervised injection sites in Canada have prevented hundreds of heroin overdose deaths. Now, New York City is looking to follow Canada's lead with a city-wide initiative to establish safe injection sites. While the Tr...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

19 May 2018

Rochester, New Hampshire, United States

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Hand Up Health Services is a syringe services program that provides clean needles to addicts, also known as “needles exchange” programs. The program is only one of two in New Hampshire. While there's a lot of stigma b...

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