Morning Roundup: Sept. 5, 2019

Morning Roundup: Sept. 5, 2019

Michigan pharmacies will give away 50K naloxone kits this month. UK reports largest heroin bust in nation’s history. Do drug-sniffing dogs belong in psychiatric hospitals? 

Michigan Becomes First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes [Washington Post]
Citing a vaping public health emergency, Michigan became the first U.S. state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. “My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan Pharmacies to Give Away 50,000 Opioid Antidote Kits Sept. 14 [Detroit News]
Michigan pharmacies are gearing up to distribute more than 50,000 naloxone kits next week. “To save somebody’s life is priceless. With Narcan (naloxone), it gives them the opportunity to find sobriety. If they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Judge Orders Drug Giants to Stand Trial Over US Opioid Crisis [Al Jazeera]
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, the Ohio judge overseeing thousands of opioid lawsuits, has rejected the drug companies’ desire to have him dismiss a variety of claims against them, ahead of a much anticipated trial in October.

Heroin Worth $148 Million Seized in UK’s Biggest Ever Bust [CNN]
UK authorities seized a record-breaking 1.3 tons of heroin from a container ship in late August. The drugs were estimated to be worth $148 million. 

School Districts Double Down on Drug Testing, Targeting Even Middle Schoolers [NBC News]
Children as young as 11 are being tested for illegal drug use. This policy, limited to those participating in extracurricular activities, is gaining favor to counter opioid abuse and marijuana legalization.

Harvesting Hope Helps Women in Recovery Through Farming [SF Gate]
A substance abuse recovery program is teaching women to not only grow food, they are providing for the community and learning financial literacy. “What I love about the farm, it just felt really good to accomplish something.”

Mass. Weighs Bringing Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Its Psychiatric Hospitals [WBUR]
Massachusetts is weighing whether to place drug-sniffing dogs in psychiatric hospitals, a proposal triggered by a patient’s overdose death. Some worry that this “could greatly undermine the therapeutic environment,” but some of the medical staff are on board.  

Franklinton Residents React to New Neighbor: Columbus’ Only Needle Exchange [WOSU]
The Columbus community reacts to its new needle exchange facility. “We already have drug users in the neighborhood, so I guess they need something. I don’t want to see a bunch of people get AIDS and stuff like that.”

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