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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






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






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.






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






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






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






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 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?






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.






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.






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






former northern california narcotics deputy convicted of smuggling marijuana


a former butte county sheriff’s narcotics investigator was convicted this week of smuggling 220 pounds of california-grade marijuana as part of a cross-country drug ring, according to the u.s. attorney’s office.jurors in harrisburg, penn., delivered the guilty verdict wednesday in the two-day drug trafficking and money laundering trial of christopher mark heath, who was working with the sheriff’s office when he was arrested in 2015, according to the attorney’s office. he has since resigned.federal authorities accused heath and his co-conspirators of participating in a scheme that allowed hundreds of pounds of marijuana to be shipped from california to florida and pennsylvania.heath and his co-conspirators started growing marijuana on a property in oroville in september 2014, according to u






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






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






drug dosage download


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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






un drug office can't find a cannabis drug overdose, despite its prevalence


published: jun 28, 2017, 4:13 pm • updated: jun 28, 2017, 5:18 pmby polly washburn, the cannabist staffthe united nations office on drugs and crime (unodc) has released its 2017 world drug report, covering 2015 statistics from around the world. the report finds that cannabis is the most consumed, most widely cultivated and most confiscated drug the office tracks. despite leading in all of these categories, unodc reported zero fatal marijuana overdoses in 2015, unchanged from 2014. here’s a look at some of the intriguing stats in the report:usethe report states that cannabis is the planet’s most widely consumed drug, with an estimate of 3.8 percent of the adult population using it in 2015. this translates to an estimated 183 million people (with a lower range on the estimate of 128 million






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will el chapo be deported from us?


under president donald trump’s immigration policy, drug lord joaquin “el chapo” guzman must be deported back to mexico from the united states, a lawyer claimed wednesday. according to jose luis gonzalez meza, who worked earlier on behalf of el chapo, mexican prosecutors violated due process when they extradited the drug kingpin to the u.s. in january.…






5 more deaths identified in hennepin county from powerful carfentanil opioid


minneapolis — the hennepin county medical examiner has attributed five additional overdose deaths to the powerful opioid carfentanil.the opioid is relatively new to minnesota and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 stronger than fentanyl. the drug is used as a tranquilizer for elephants or other large animals.the five new deaths brings the total to 10 deaths in the medical examiner's jurisdiction.because routine drug and alcohol screenings don't detect the drug, samples have to be sent to a specialized lab. hennepin county medical examiner dr. andrew baker says his office continues to order the special tests on a case-by-case basis after considering the autopsy findings, investigative and lab results.the drug comes in several forms, including powder, and can be absorbed throu






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






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






judge blocks arkansas from using lethal injection drug


the judge's rule comes after a drug company argued it was misled by the state about the use of the drug.        






in opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose


bel air, md. (ap) — a deputy’s nearly fatal overdose while investigating a drug scene recently underscores the dangers faced by those fighting the u.s. drug epidemic.cpl. kevin phillips of the harford county sheriff’s office in maryland says he investigated the scene as he’s done with countless others, putting on gloves and putting evidence in bags. but this time he was exposed to an extremely potent synthetic opiate that sickened him, requiring a dose of the life-saving antidote narcan.officials say the drug that sickened him, carfentanil, is being used by dealers to help stretch their heroin supplies.now, the sheriff’s office has purchased 100 kits with protective suits. deputies have been instructed not to field test drugs, but send evidence to a lab. and deputies are carrying higher do






carrie fisher died of sleep apnea and 'drug use' was also a factor, l.a. coroner


the los angeles county coroner’s office on friday listed the cause of death for “star wars” star carrie fisher as sleep apnea and other factors, including drug use.the coroner’s office released a short summary of its findings, but officials declined to make any additional comments. the statement said “the manner of death has been ruled undetermined.”in addition to the listed cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited “other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”it also said: “how injury occurred: multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.”the report is vague about the role drugs played in fisher’s death. but her daughter, billie lourd, issued a statement to people magazine friday night linking her mother’s death to drug use.“my mom battled drug addiction and ment






10 pounds of meth, firearms seized on western slope; two arrested – the denver p


more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine and multiple weapons were seized last week on the western slope by drug task force investigators.the drugs and weapons were seized during a jan. 26 during a traffic stop on i-70 by the mesa county sheriff’s office. a search warrant had been issued for the vehicle, a 2001 buick century with california plates, according to a montrose county sheriff’s office media release.the drug task force, made up of montrose county sheriff’s office and montrose police department personnel, the u.s. drug enforcement administration and the western slope drug task force seized the drugs, weapons — including a semi-automatic ar-15 style rifle — and ammunition in the vehicle.robert lafond and alicia kissell were arrested on suspicion of transport, importation and distribu






sessions issues sweeping new criminal policy to charge defendants with the most


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 a






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.






carrie fisher died of sleep apnea and 'drug use' was also a factor, l.a. coroner


the los angeles county coroner’s office on friday listed the cause of death for “star wars” star carrie fisher as sleep apnea and other factors, including drug use.the coroner’s office released a short summary of its findings, but officials declined to make any additional comments. the statement said “the manner of death has been ruled undetermined.”in addition to the listed cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited “other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”it also said: “how injury occurred: multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.”the report is vague about the role drugs played in fisher’s death. but her daughter, billie lourd, issued a statement to people magazine friday night linking her mother’s death to drug use.“my mom battled drug addiction and ment






eden prairie museum showcases aviation history year-round


the smell of oil filled the air in the brightly lit airplane hangar crammed with history.from a 1940s jeep to a p-51 d mustang — one of only six in the world to return home from world war ii combat in europe — the restored relics are unquestionably the main attractions at a new aviation museum in eden prairie.although air museums are closing elsewhere, the nonprofit wings of the north bucked the trend and opened a museum just over a year ago after nearly two decades of organizing the annual airexpo aviation show in eden prairie. it now showcases history year-round.“that’s what we’re all about, telling the history,” director bob jasperson said. “we don’t want this history to be lost.”the wings of the north museum, which will mark its second year this summer, is housed in an office building