Philadelphia may move forward with overdose prevention site after judge’s ruling. Mayo Clinic studies vaping related lung injury. Mother accused of helping sons operate illegal vape operation.
Judge Rules Planned Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Laws [NPR]
Philadelphia can move forward with opening the country’s first supervised injection site, after a judge ruled that it would not violate federal law. “The ultimate goal of Safehouse’s proposed operation is to reduce drug use, not facilitate it.”
LA County Supervisors Vote to Ban Flavored Tobacco, Call for Statewide Vaping Ban [LA Times]
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban flavored tobacco products, and to support a statewide ban on vaping. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.
Mother of Wisconsin THC Vape Counterfeiters Also Arrested [Rolling Stone]
Courtney Huffhines has been charged for allegedly helping her sons, Tyler and Jacob, run a massive illegal vape operation that was busted in September. She is being held in the Kenosha County Jail in Wisconsin.
Mac Miller: Three Men Officially Charged in Connection with Rapper’s Death [Rolling Stone]
The three men said to be involved in the fatal overdose of rapper Mac Miller have been indicted by the Central District of California. “The indictment contains two counts that accuse the men of being responsible for Mac Miller’s death.”
Mayo Clinic: Vaping-Associated Lung Injury May Be Caused by Toxic Chemical Fumes [YouTube/Mayo Clinic]
A Mayo Clinic study found that lung injuries from vaping are “most likely” caused by direct toxicity or tissue damage resulting from exposure to “noxious chemical fumes.”
Massachusetts Governor: Purdue Pharma ‘Responsible for Much of the Opioid Crisis’ [Boston Globe]
Governor Charlie Baker said in a letter to a bankruptcy judge that he has met “countless families whose lives have been ruined by the drug that the Sackler family made their fortune on.” Their company filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
Colleges Received At Least $60 Million from OxyContin Family [LA Times]
The Sackler family donated at least $60 million to prestigious universities in recent years, which some view as an “attempt to salvage the family’s reputation.” Several major arts institutions have rejected the family’s donations in light of their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis.
How UK, State Partners Are Working to Help Incarcerated Women with Opioid Use Disorder [University of Kentucky]
Part of a new federal grant will go toward the Kentucky Women’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network, to enhance access to opioid use disorder treatment for women transitioning from jail back to the community.