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Governor Christie takes action on opioid crisis

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fighting the opioid crisis by committing approximately $200 million in additional funds to enhance programs and services in New Jersey.  The Governor’s most-recent plan is to deploy eight state departments to implement 25 initiatives to enhance addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. These programs could serve as a national blueprint for addressing the crisis.

As head of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Governor Christie has called on the president to elevate the opioid crisis to a national epidemic.

For the youth who are dying of drug abuse, most of them begin their drug use with marijuana. The opioid and heroin epidemics are intimately connected to use, abuse of marijuana. Continue reading

Washington Sheriff Urquhart Pushed Marijuana Cover-up

TV Ads for Other States Promote Deception

When Oregon had a ballot to legalize marijuana in 2014, King County Sheriff John Urquhart appeared on TV ads claiming that legalization hadn’t created problems  in Washington.  However, on November 4, 2013, King County experienced a massive butane hash oil (BHO) fire explosion that required 100 police and fire fighters to extinguish over a 7-hour period. What a cover-up!

BHO labs are marijuana labs and today they’re far more common than meth labs. This type of fire was extreme, having completely damaged at least 10 apartment units, killing a woman.   Other sheriffs rebuked Sheriff Urquhart when he went on TV the first time.

Last year Urquhart repeated his deception, appearing in ads for Massachusetts. Colorado doesn’t coverup its pot problem so well. Continue reading

Letter from Fairbanks: Enough is Enough

By Diane Hutchison   (Published in the Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska, September 10, 2017)

It’s just pot” — words that haunted my memory recently and prompted this letter.

A young couple with a baby, pulling their car to the curb, then getting the baby out of its car seat, holding it in the front seat as the young man proceeded to first light a joint, then get out a glass pipe, heating it with a hand-held torch, inhaling till he started coughing and I interrupt them: “You shouldn’t be doing that around the baby.”

The young lady opened her door and answered, “It’s just pot. It’s legal. At least it’s not as bad as meth!” Continue reading

Pediatric Death from Cannabis Exposure Reported

A case study published in August reports that there has been a pediatric death from cannabis exposure.  An 11-month-old male baby in Colorado died of cardiac arrest related to cannabis exposure.  Thomas Nappe, DO, and Christopher Hoyte, MD, explained the incident  in Clinical Practices and Cases in Emergency Medicine, August 2017

Before hospitalization, the patient had been lethargic for two hours when he woke up one morning.  Then he had a seizure. Continue reading