Seattle to Fight the War on Drugs in an Unusual Way

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Over the years there have been different methods and approaches to dealing with the war on drugs. Seattle is now looking at a progressive way to combat the war on drugs that avoids the traditional criminal penalties that many people face and instead offers them a chance to receive help. Seattle Stops Prosecuting in Favor … Read More

DEA Announces Review Of Legal Marijuana Growers

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In August 2019, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that it would provide regulations for programs that grow marijuana for the purpose of medical and scientific research. Marijuana growers can apply to be registered to grow medical marijuana. Marijuana research in the United States has been complicated by the legal aspects of growing bulk marijuana … Read More

Marijuana Theft Skyrockets in Washington

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With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state have come some issues. One such issue is the fact that legal and industry transparency requirements are allowing thieves to target marijuana businesses, leading to a problem with marijuana theft. Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington Washington marijuana legalization happened under Washington Initiative 502. This appeared on … Read More

Native American Hospitals Contribute to Opioid Misuse

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According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, U.S. government hospitals are putting Native American patients at risk of developing opioid dependence because they failed to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing opioids. The federal audit sheds light on the potential for hospitals to … Read More

Opioid Treatment Expansion Planned in Seattle & Throughout Washington

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There is currently an expansion underway in Seattle and across the state of Washington to help people who are dealing with opioid addiction and combat the opioid epidemic. The grant, totaling more than $7 million, is part of an expansion of the Meds-First Initiative. The Meds-First Initiative reduces barriers for people who are seeking addiction … Read More

The Opioid Epidemic Makes It Harder for Patients to Find Primary Care

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America’s opioid epidemic continues to cause a variety of issues, and now it’s also affecting the health care patients can receive. A recent study has found that Americans who use opioid pain relievers have a much more difficult time finding a primary care doctor. The reason is that clinics are less likely to accept these … Read More

“Weed to Know Campaign” for Expecting Mothers

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A public health campaign in the state of Washington encourages women who are pregnant to be cautious regarding the potential use of marijuana. The substance is legal in the state for people over the age of 21, introducing a slate of new health concerns. Many state experts believe that insufficient research has been conducted to … Read More

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Washington Inmates Shows Promise

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Opioid addiction treatment is being given to inmates in Washington jails as part of a larger, nationwide trend to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to incarcerated individuals. The cycle of addiction to illicit drugs often results in reincarceration. Without treatment in jails, this cycle may never be broken. Growing evidence illustrates the effectiveness of addiction treatment … Read More

Oregon Students Encouraged to Take Mental Health Days

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A bill was recently signed into law by Governor Kate Brown in the state of Oregon that will allow students to take a mental health day as an excused absence in school. Allowing mental health days for students has been hailed by many as an important step for Oregon state student health. House Bill 2191 … Read More

Oregon Voters to Determine New Bill on Tobacco Taxes

A cigarette filled with tobacco crushed on the ground in Oregon after tax bill raises prices
Oregon lawmakers took serious action to further reduce the rates of tobacco and nicotine use in the state. With the support of hospitals, health systems, labor unions and care organizations, state Democrats pushed House Bill 2270 to the November 2020 ballot. The bill will significantly increase the cost of cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes in an … Read More