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Florida Proposes a Ban of Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Shelves in Summer 2015

As if we needed more help getting into trouble down here in the Sunshine State- a new form of alcohol will be hitting the store shelves this summer as a powder! Yes, finally we can carry our alcohol around like we carry protein shakes. But, isn’t that potentially a bad...

The War on Drugs and How It’s Failing the People It’s Trying to Protect

As I’m sure we’re all aware, the war on drugs is costing an exorbitant amount of money for the nation to maintain. Non violent drug offenders who are dragged off to jail for a count of years cost upwards of tens and thousands of dollars. The nation has recently began...

President Obama Comments on the Criminalization of Marijuana Users & Shifting Perspectives on Drug Use

In the ongoing fight of arresting drug addicts and substance abusers for drug related offences, America continues to swell its legion of inmates. Although the US only accounts for a measly 5% of the entire global population, we house a whopping 25% of prisoners globally. That’s absolutely insane! According to...

Broward County & Miami Dade County Plagued by Heroin Addiction

As announced by the CDC, the rate of heroin related deaths have recently experienced an unprecedented uptick nationwide. According to New Times heroin related deaths increased by 39% between 2012 and 2013. Although Florida once reigned supreme as a tragic pill mill state, legislation has shut down most physician offices...

Florida Governor Rick Scott Ceases to Appeal Court After Ruling Against Drug Testing for Welfare Patients

According to a recent article published by the Daily Commercial, Florida’s governor Rick Scott has ceased his tirade to reinstate drug testing for recipients of welfare. After concluding only 2.6% of recipients failed the drug tests, and $400,000 in tax funded court fees (brought on by Scott’s first appeal to...

Florida’s Sheriff Association Opposes Medical Marijuana, with Few Exceptions

On Feb. 3rd Florida’s sheriffs congregated at the FAS Winter Conference to examine several statewide issues, including medical marijuana. During the 2014 election the office spoke out against amendment two, which sought to legalize medical marijuana. The officials say that they are interested in developing a law, with less loopholes,...

Florida Encourages a Multidimensional Approach for Drug Addicts

Deemed a “success story” by Pain Medicine News in their January 2015 issue, Florida has seen a drastic reduction in drug overdose fatalities in relation to prescription pills. In 2009 Florida was charged with harboring over 700 “pill mills” or pain clinics wantonly prescribing, and over prescribing, addictive opiate medications....

Attorney General Maura Healey Talks to Parents Who Have Survived Their Children’s Battles Against Addiction

It’s no secret that drug abuse affects more than substance abusers themselves. Entire families are ripped apart by abuse, and for more reasons than you may think. Often, treatment for addiction isn’t as straight cut as it should be, parents (and victims alike) are forced to jump through hurdles just...

Opiate Addiction Treatment May Get a Boost in Mass. with $500k to Fight Abuse

Addicts suffering from opiate addiction in Mass. are about to glean a welcomed resurgence of rejuvenated prevention, education, and opiate addiction treatment programs, made possible by a $500 thousand allocation dedicated to addressing the rampant opiate abuse ravaging the state. The objective of the prevention programs is to ensure that...

Drug Abuse Prevention May Trump Incarceration Policies in the Days to Come

The U.S. is beginning to shift its policies in favoring drug abuse as a disease; programs that support drug abuse prevention, and alternatives like drug courts, as opposed to incarceration, will better address the nation’s need to rectify drug abuse. According to the Medical Express the Obama administration requested $25.6...

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