The popular coffee chain will be installing needle disposal boxes in locations where drug paraphernalia is an issue. “These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way,” Starbucks representative Reggie Borges told Business Insider.
California is leading the way in an effort to provide addiction treatment programs in its emergency rooms. The state is awarding $8 million to 30 hospitals across the state to expand access to addiction treatment.
The Distilled Spirits Council has reported that alcohol sales have remained consistent across the US despite marijuana legalization.Alcohol industry insiders had previously predicted that marijuana legalization would negatively affect alcohol sales.