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amid opioid epidemic, white house may cut drug control office budget


budget cuts are apparently being eyed for office of national drug control policy        






will president trump slash the office of drug policy?


drug policy and advocacy groups, alarmed by a new york times report that the office of management and budget has placed the white house’s office of national drug control and policy (ondcp) on the chopping block, have banded together in the midst of a national opioid crisis to author a letter forcefully opposing the move.  the letter obtained by cbs news, titled “retain the office of national drug control policy,” was written by over 70 medical and drug policy organizations, such as addiction policy forum, johns hopkins bloomberg school of public health, smart approaches to marijuana and the major county sheriffs of america.“at a time when drugs now kill more people than firearms or car crashes, it is more important than ever for ondcp to remain a strong voice in the white house and a visib






will president trump slash the office of drug policy?


drug policy and advocacy groups, alarmed by a new york times report that the office of management and budget has placed the white house’s office of national drug control and policy (ondcp) on the chopping block, have banded together in the midst of a national opioid crisis to author a letter forcefully opposing the move.  the letter obtained by cbs news, titled “retain the office of national drug control policy,” was written by over 70 medical and drug policy organizations, such as addiction policy forum, johns hopkins bloomberg school of public health, smart approaches to marijuana and the major county sheriffs of america.“at a time when drugs now kill more people than firearms or car crashes, it is more important than ever for ondcp to remain a strong voice in the white house and a visib






trump's response to opioid epidemic includes 24-year-old helping lead drug polic


in may 2016, taylor weyeneth was an undergraduate at st. john's university in new york, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.less than a year later, at 23, weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the office of national drug control policy, the white house office responsible for coordinating the federal government's multibillion dollar anti-drug initiatives and supporting president donald trump's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. weyeneth would soon become deputy chief of staff.weyeneth's brief biography offers few clues that he would so quickly assume a leading role in the drug policy office, a job recently occupied by a lawyer and a veteran government official. his on






pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by trump


pennsylvania congressman tom marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the trump administration. multiple sources tell cbs news that marino will head up the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), assuming the informal title of drug czar. a source familiar with personnel moves in the white house says that marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming. when asked for comment, the white house said it had no personnel announcements at this time. marino’s office had no comment.marino, who is serving his third term representing pennsylvania’s rural 10th congressional district, was appointed to serve on the house’s bipartisan committee combating the opioid epidemic in 2016 after the enactment of two bill






trump moving to slash budget for white house ‘drug czar”


washington (ap) — the trump administration is moving to gut the office of the white house “drug czar” according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff.the office of national drug control policy, or ondcp, is the lead white house office shaping policy on the nation’s opioid crisis, among other responsibilities.the proposed $364 million cut would leave a budget of just $24 million for the office and would eliminate its two major grant programs.the eliminations involve the high-intensity drug-trafficking area program, which just received — under a catchall government-wide spending bill signed by president donald trump on friday — $254 million for grants to help states and localities to fight drug trafficking, and the $100






connecticut organizations get $750k to fight youth drug use


hartford, conn. (ap) — organizations in six connecticut cities and towns will receive a total of $750,000 in federal grant money aimed at preventing addiction among young people.the grants were announced friday by the state’s congressional delegation. each organization will receive $125,000 through the office of national drug control policy. the groups are based in torrington, enfield, east haddam, naugatuck, durham and bridgeport.a joint statement from the state’s two senators and five representatives, all democrats, says the state is experiencing a “harrowing scourge” of drug use and prevention efforts are a step toward safer communities.






pennsylvania congressman bows out of drug czar consideration


harrisburg, pa. — a pennsylvania congressman says he is withdrawing his name from consideration to be the national drug czar under president donald trump.rep. tom marino said in a statement wednesday that he is bowing out from consideration as the next director of national drug control policy because he has a critical illness in his family. the fourth-term republican, however, says he'll remain in congress.the 64-year-old marino lives outside williamsport, pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as u.s. attorney in pennsylvania's middle district under president george w. bush.marino was the first pennsylvania congressman to endorse trump in the presidential primary contest.






former drug czar nominee marino defends role in opioid law


washington (ap) — president donald trump’s former nominee to be the nation’s drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.republican rep. tom marino of pennsylvania says he’s proud of his work on 2016 law. the measure passed without opposition in the house and senate and was signed by president barack obama.marino says in a statement that the law will help “facilitate a balanced solution” by ensuring access to certain medications while allowing the drug enforcement agency to prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.marino withdrew tuesday as trump’s nominee to head the white house office of national drug control policy following reports by the washington post and cbs news about the






lib dems under vince cable still want to legalise cannabis


vince cable says the liberal democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis. the party's new leader believes it makes sense to "regulate and control the market" rather than let criminals "control the mixing of substances".the government say it has "no plans to legalise cannabis".it says it remains a class b drug "as there is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug"."we can see the damage caused to young people of taking of drugs," theresa may told newsbeat.more related storiesthe science of high-potency cannabiswhat portugal's weed laws mean for usersreality check: could legalising cannabis raise £1bn?"our drug strategy is all about recovery and helping people to come through this and see a better life."watch the bbc iplayer documentary - cannabi






us drug diplomat hails un plans for control of fentanyl


vienna — the diplomat heading u.s. efforts to combat drug trafficking internationally is hailing a pending u.n. move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledges it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking.william brownfield says the move to globally track the legal movement of fentanyl and substances used to make the drugs is an important step to reduce illegal use.but he told the associated press tuesday that it is only one step in reducing dependency or addiction on the drug that may have contributed to 33,000 u.s. deaths in 2015.brownfield spoke outside a meeting of the u.n. commission of narcotic drugs. it is expected to put fenatyl and its precursors on a list of controlled substances, allowing for better monitoring of global movements.






aclu, drug policy alliance sue california city over marijuana home grow restrict


the aclu of california and the drug policy alliance are suing fontana, claiming that the city--s marijuana ordinance conflicts with rights granted to all californians under proposition 64.






deadly drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999


drug, syringe and heroin on grunge wooden background(photo: spaxiax, getty images/istockphoto) 2962 connect 3 linkedinemailmorebolstered by a huge increase in cases involving heroin, the rate at which americans die from drug overdoses has more than doubled since the end of the millennium.the centers for disease control and prevention released data friday showing the nation's overdose rate at 16.3 per 100,000 people in 2015 — more than 2.5 times the rate it was in 1999.the numbers show overdose deaths afflict middle-aged adults and white people the most. heroin leads the charge, accounting for a quarter of the overdose deaths, more than triple the rate at which it killed in 2010.states across the country have pledged to curb drug abuse through public policy. in wisconsin, policy makers laun






deadly drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999


drug, syringe and heroin on grunge wooden background(photo: spaxiax, getty images/istockphoto) 8486 connect 4 linkedinemailmorebolstered by a huge increase in cases involving heroin, the rate at which americans die from drug overdoses has more than doubled since the end of the millennium.the centers for disease control and prevention released data friday showing the nation's overdose rate at 16.3 per 100,000 people in 2015 — more than 2.5 times the rate it was in 1999.the numbers show overdose deaths afflict middle-aged adults and white people the most. heroin leads the charge, accounting for a quarter of the overdose deaths, more than triple the rate at which it killed in 2010.states across the country have pledged to curb drug abuse through public policy. in wisconsin, policy makers laun






deadly drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999


drug, syringe and heroin on grunge wooden background(photo: spaxiax, getty images/istockphoto) 6681 connect 3 linkedinemailmorebolstered by a huge increase in cases involving heroin, the rate at which americans die from drug overdoses has more than doubled since the end of the millennium.the centers for disease control and prevention released data friday showing the nation's overdose rate at 16.3 per 100,000 people in 2015 — more than 2.5 times the rate it was in 1999.the numbers show overdose deaths afflict middle-aged adults and white people the most. heroin leads the charge, accounting for a quarter of the overdose deaths, more than triple the rate at which it killed in 2010.states across the country have pledged to curb drug abuse through public policy. in wisconsin, policy makers laun






this is your brain on drug policy


in 1998 actor rachel lee cook starred in the "this is your brain on heroin" psa, smashing up a kitchen with a frying pan: nearly 20 year later, cook is back in the kitchen, frying pan in hand. but her concluding message is different: “the drug war is ruining people’s lives. it fuels mass incarceration, preying on people of color in greater numbers than their white counterparts. it cripples communities, costs billions and it doesn’t work... any questions?” cook says, "ava duvernay's 13th [a documentary that explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the united states"] was a complete revelation for me. the shocking, cold water education her documentary presented compelled me to reexamine my own involvement with a larger movement that has gone on to harm so many. w






sessions triples down on marijuana as dangerous drug, not opioid crisis solution


in a speech to lawmakers, jeff sessions said the nation needs to "hammer" drug dealers and other criminals while bringing back the drug abstinence campaigns of the 1980s. sessions told reporters he was "dubious" of medical marijuana in general, and that his office may rethink parts of an obama-era policy allowing individual states to legalize marijuana use.






epidemic at work?: businesses forced to deal with drug abuse


new york — the epidemic of drug use in the u.s. is forcing many small business owners to think about what they would do if they suspect an employee is abusing drugs or alcohol.employment law attorney shira forman says many small business owners don't think ahead and create a written policy on alcohol and substance abuse, which makes them reactive.some owners do have a zero-tolerance policy. others say they're willing to give staffers a second chance.phillip cohen has hired people at his missouri woodworking business who have struggled with addiction. but when an employee died from a drug overdose, he adopted a zero-tolerance policy.experts say if employers suspect staffers have substance abuse problems, their first step should be to consult a human resources professional or an employment l






white house dismisses concerns over cuts to "drug czar" office


the white house is pushing back against criticism over a proposed 95 percent cut to the budget of the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), arguing the federal government remains committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.in a draft version of a budget memo obtained by cbs news on friday, the office of management and budget (omb) proposed cutting nearly half the staff in the "druz czar" office in fiscal year 2018 (fy18), as well as a number of grant programs and other agency functions. one of ondcp's grant programs funds the nation's largest drug prevention program, supporting 5,000 local anti-drug community efforts across the country. the program has enjoyed widespread support from members of both parties.at the white house briefing on friday, deputy press secretary sarah sanders






this is your brain on drug policy


in 1998 actor rachael lee cook starred in the "this is your brain on heroin" psa, smashing up a kitchen with a frying pan:report this adnearly 20 year later, cook is back in the kitchen, frying pan in hand. but her concluding message is different: “the drug war is ruining people’s lives. it fuels mass incarceration, preying on people of color in greater numbers than their white counterparts. it cripples communities, costs billions and it doesn’t work... any questions?” cook says, "ava duvernay's 13th [a documentary that explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the united states"] was a complete revelation for me. the shocking, cold water education her documentary presented compelled me to reexamine my own involvement with a larger movement that has gone on to h






trump taps pennsylvania congressman to be drug czar


washington (ap) — the white house says president donald trump will nominate a pennsylvania congressman to serve as the nation’s drug czar.the trump administration announced friday that the president has tapped rep. tom marino to lead the office of national drug control policy.in congress, marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.the 64-year-old republican congressman lives outside williamsport, pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as u.s. attorney in pennsylvania’s middle district under president george w. bush.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.marino was an early supporter of the president and the first pennsylvania congressman to endorse trump in the presidential primary contest. he had previ






trump proposal would gut 'drug czar' office in middle of opioid crisis


the trump administration is proposing to gut the budget of the white house "drug czar" by 95 percent, effectively eliminating the decades-old office of national drug control policy, the lead federal agency responsible for managing and coordinating drug policy, according to a memo that its acting director sent friday to agency employees.the draft budget plan comes as the nation is struggling with an escalating opioid epidemic. ending opioid addiction was a centerpiece of donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and he drew support from many of the rural areas and small working-class towns hit hardest by the drug crisis. in march, president donald trump commissioned a new addiction task force to help combat the opioid crisis, tapping his friend and former rival new jersey gov. chris christ






trump plans to gut agency fighting opioid crisis — despite vowing to help suppor


while president donald trump vowed to help out communities that have been devastated by opioid addiction, his office of management and budget is proposing a massive 95% cut to the agency that’s leading the fight against opioid addiction.politico’s dan diamond reports that the white house “plans to effectively kill office of national drug control policy” by calling for a 95% funding cut that zeroes out “high-intensity drug trafficking and drug-free communities support programs.”per cbs news, the drug-free communities program is “is the nation’s largest drug prevention program and funds 5,000 local anti-drug community coalitions across the country” and “has also enjoyed broad bipartisan support.”diamond writes that advocates for drug addiction treatment are “terrified” that the proposed cuts






senior u.s. drug official praises cooperation with mexico, a 'law enforcement wa


a top u.s. drug official made a strong case thursday for continued cooperation with mexico on fighting drug-trafficking, saying successful law enforcement already has created a virtual wall. in a subtle dig at the trump administration, william brownfield, the state department's senior diplomat involved in drug policy, said that despite a crisis drug epidemic, the united states and mexico were in a better position than ever to combat it. "in a sense, we have developed a law enforcement cooperative wall at this point without actually having the physical construction of a wall," brownfield said. brownfield, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement, spoke to reporters as his agency released the 32nd annual narcotics-control strategy report. brownfield said t






how the philippines defends duterte's drug war | philippines


in this week's upfront, we speak with philippine foreign minister alan peter cayetano, about president rodrigo duterte's drug war, and the government's approach to isil and foreign policy challenges.in the reality check, we examine the real legacy of christopher columbus, who is still celebrated annually in october by many around the world.and we speak with two mental health professionals about why they believe donald trump is a danger to the public and the international community.headliner - is duterte's drug war undermining the rule of law?thousands of people have been extrajudicially killed in anti-drug operations since president rodrigo duterte took power and launched a war against drugs.polling shows filipinos are largely supportive of the duterte government's efforts, but allied gove






us approves monthly injection for opioid addiction


washington — u.s. health officials have approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.the monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking their daily medication. but that benefit has not yet been established.the food and drug administration approved the injectable drug from indivior (in-div-ee-or) for adults with opioid use disorder who are already on stable doses of the addiction medication.the approval thursday comes amid the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history. more than 64,000 americans died from drug overdoses last year, mostly from opioids.indivior already sells the drug in medicated strips that dissolve under the t






president says he will declare national opioid emergency next week


washington – president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that marino helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino was a key lawmaker in supporting the bill that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the office of national drug control policy.speaking in the white house rose garden, trump said he will have a "major announcement, probably next week" about






u.s. attorney general jeff sessions issues sweeping new policy targeting lesser


washington — attorney general jeff sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general eric h. holder jr. and directed his federal prosecutors thursday to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes carrying the most severe penalties.the holder memo, issued in august 2013, instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences. defendants who met a set of criteria such as not belonging to a large-scale drug trafficking organization, gang or cartel, qualified for lesser charges — and in turn less prison time — under holder’s policy.but sessions’ new charging policy, outlined in a two-page memo and sent to more than 5,000 assistant u.s. attorneys across the country an






exercise in a pill? salk institute scientists report success — in mice


the whimsical dream of getting exercise in a pill has just become more realistic.in a salk institute-led study released tuesday, researchers were able to provide some of the fat-burning effects of exercise to sedentary mice, and they did it with an orally given drug, a template for further research to develop a drug for human use.when given for eight weeks, the drug shifted the mouse muscles from burning glucose to burning fat. this preserved more glucose for the brain, enabling the inactive mice to run about 70 to 80 percent longer in a treadmill test of endurance than a control group of their untreated peers.this endurance boost mimics the effects of exercise, which also shifts muscle metabolism away from glucose toward fat.such a drug would benefit the infirm and disabled who can’t exer






trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee who helped weaken dea


president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino helped guide legislation that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.trump said "we're going to be looking into" the investigation, while many democrats and at least one republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the of






us approves monthly injection for opioid addiction


washington (ap) — u.s. health officials have approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.the monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking their daily medication. but that benefit has not yet been established.the food and drug administration approved the injectable drug from indivior (in-div-ee-or) for adults with opioid use disorder who are already on stable doses of the addiction medication.the approval thursday comes amid the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history. more than 64,000 americans died from drug overdoses last year, mostly from opioids.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.indivior alrea






west virginia developing further response to opioid epidemic


charleston, w.va. (ap) — west virginia health officials say they will to submit to gov. jim justice plans to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic by mid-january.the department of health and human resources says it will involve public engagement and a partnership with regional and national experts.west virginia established a new office of drug control policy in the department under a law enacted earlier this year.west virginia recorded a record 884 overdose deaths last year.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.health officials say preliminary analysis shows that seven out of 10 people who died had a drug prescription filled within a year of their death, and four in 10 overdose had one filled within 30 days before.






drug dosage download


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trump administration proposes massive cuts to drug czar office


the trump administration is looking to slash the white house office of national drug control policy (ondcp) budget by nearly 95 percent, according to a memo obtained by cbs news. the office of management and budget (omb) has proposed major ondcp budget cuts for fiscal year 2018 that would cut 33 employees, nearly half the office staff, along with intelligence, research and budget functions at the agency, as well as the model state drug laws and drug court grant programs. the cuts were outlined in omb's "passback" document, a part of the budget process where the office instructs federal agencies to draw up preliminary budgets that are subject to congressional approval. it was uploaded to max collect, the omb's budget database. playvideohealth - wednesdaycan marijuana help with chronic pain?






new als drug approved for lou gehrig's disease gives patients hope


for the first time in 22 years, the fda has approved a drug for als, giving hope to some of those suffering from the illness.als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as lou gehrig's disease, is a rare disease, affecting 12,000 to 15,000 americans, according to the u.s. food and drug administration. it attacks and kills the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles. over time, patients with als have difficulty chewing, walking, breathing and talking. most die from respiratory failure within three to five years.the drug, radicava, while not a cure, is a step in the right direction, say experts, and is giving hope to some patients.clay ahrens was diagnosed with the als over three years ago."i am very, very excited about this new approval," he told cbs minnesota. "this is the most exci






former drug czar nominee marino defends role in opioid law


washington — president donald trump's former nominee to be the nation's drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.rep. tom marino, r-pa., said he's proud of his work on the 2016 law, which passed without opposition in the house and senate and was signed by president barack obama.in a statement released by his office, marino said the law will help "facilitate a balanced solution" by ensuring access to certain medications while allowing the drug enforcement administration to prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.the former prosecutor withdrew on tuesday as trump's nominee to head the white house office of national drug control policy following reports by the washington post and






it’s time for nm government to negotiate lower rx drug prices


commentary: last april, gov. susana martinez vetoed legislation that could have saved new mexico millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees. senate bill 354, which passed the legislature with strong bipartisan support, would have required all new mexico state agencies that purchase pharmaceutical drugs to work together to aggressively seek a better deal on prices.courtesy photojeff steinborncitizens pay a huge cost for high drug prices. in fiscal year 2016, new mexico state government spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54 percent increase in just two years. senate bill 354 would have leveraged the purchasing power of all of our state agencies that purchase prescription drug benefits, including the departm






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol