Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US CT: UConn Study: Teenage Pot And Alcohol Use Can Reduce Success

    Hartford Courant, 06 Nov 2017 - Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers. The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have a "more severe effect on young men" than on young women.
  2. US CT: Police: Shootings That Left 2 Dead Were Drug-Related

    Hartford Courant, 25 Sep 2017 - Two men were killed in Hartford in a few-hour span Friday into Saturday. Six people were shot, two fatally, in separate narcotics-related shootings in Hartford Friday night and Saturday morning, police said.
  3. US CT: Oped: Should Parents Lie About Smoking Pot?

    Hartford Courant, 07 Jul 2017 - "Hey, Mom. Have you ever smoked weed?" The only question perhaps trickier than this would include either algebra or an unwanted marriage proposal. I kind of thought I didn't have to worry anymore about getting asked this question. The teen questioner and I had just sat down to lunch at Plan B with his grandmother. It totally threw me off.
  4. US CT: As Marijuana Debate Continues, A Little Girl's Life Is Changed

    Hartford Courant, 04 Jul 2017 - There are good days for West Tarricone. Days when she can laugh and live like any other 9-year-old. Days when she can play with her brother, Blake, and watch "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on her iPad. But there are also bad days. Days when her body weathers 100 seizures. Days when it has closer to 1,000 - some lasting more than 90 minutes.
  5. US CT: Oped: Forum: Clergy Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

    New Haven Register, 29 Jun 2017 - As clergy, we write in support of proposals to tax and regulate marijuana in Connecticut. It may seem counterintuitive for a rabbi and a minister to adopt this view. We believe, however, that people of faith have a special responsibility to speak about what policies serve our communities best. Of course, we recognize that marijuana should not be used by youth and can become addictive for some individuals at any age. Given these realities, our focus must be not to prohibit all use, but to respond in the most effective way to the possibility of abuse. Regulation and education - not prohibition - are the best path. We learned this a long time ago concerning alcohol.
  6. US CT: Malloy Announces Legislative Proposals To Help Curb Opioid

    Hartford Courant, 26 Jan 2017 - [photo] This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot / AP) Flanked by commissioners from a half-dozen state agencies, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced legislative pointed at prescription drugs, a dangerous pathway to opioid addiction.
  7. US CT: CDC: Connecticut Second In Percent Increase Of Synthetic

    Hartford Courant, 22 Jan 2017 - [photo] In this Aug. 9, 2016, photo, a vial containing 2mg of fentanyl, which will kill a human if ingested into the body, is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va. A 2mg dose of fentanyl is fatal to 99 percent of humans. A novel class of deadly drugs is exploding across the country, with many manufactured in China for export around the world. The drugs, synthetic opioids, are fueling the deadliest addiction crisis the U.S. has ever seen. (Cliff Owen / AP) The rate of deaths from synthetic opioids in Connecticut, including those from fentanyl, more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, the second-highest percentage increase out of 28 states included in a recent federal analysis.
  8. US CT: City Devastated By Oxycontin Use Sues Purdue Pharma, Claims

    Hartford Courant, 17 Jan 2017 - [graphic] This motion graphic shows how OxyContin flowed out of Los Angeles. A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkiller's manufacturer Thursday, alleging that the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community.
  9. US CT: Strung Out At 4 A.M.: Emergency Room Doctors Treating Heroin

    Hartford Courant, 15 Jan 2017 - At four in the morning, the hospital's emergency department lights fluoresce directly into your brain. Everyone, everything looks green, especially the midnight heroin users. They are always shivering. Partly the withdrawal, partly the cold, damp Connecticut weather. They tend not to have proper jackets. On a stretcher in the hallway, a 25-year-old "opioid withdrawal" is curled up with three hospital blankets pulled over his head. I gently shake his leg, but nothing is really gentle here. I introduce myself and whisper a question about what brought him in. No response.