Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US FL: Ex-DEA Chief Blasts White-Collar Pushers

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 01 Mar 2018 - SARASOTA - When the Drug Enforcement Administration was formed in 1973, roughly 2,000 Americans were dying from overdoses each week, largely from heroin injections. In 2016 alone, thanks to a deregulated pharmaceutical industry, fatal overdoses -- 80 percent opioid related - -- claimed 63,000 lives. Or, as Peter Bensinger pointed out Thursday morning, opium-derived drugs have exacted a higher death toll in a single year than nearly two decades of fighting in the Vietnam War.
  2. US FL: Medical Marijuana Is Legal. But How Should Schools Handle It?

    Sun-Sentinel, 13 Feb 2018 - Broward County Schools are hashing out plans for dealing with medical marijuana on campus. Under a proposed policy, students wouldn't be allowed to carry pot and it could not be stored on campus. But a student's parent or caregiver could bring it to school and administer it if the child has the proper medical approval.
  3. US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City Limits

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Feb 2018 - After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately. State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.
  4. US FL: Florida Judge Dismisses Part Of Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

    Sun-Sentinel, 26 Jan 2018 - A Florida judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the state's decision to ban smokable forms of medical marijuana can proceed but without one of the key parties. Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled on Friday that three patients suing the state can proceed because their claims that the ban impacts them are sufficient. Gievers dismissed the motion by People United for Medical Marijuana, which is the committee formed by Orlando attorney John Morgan, because it lacks sufficient grounds. The organization has 10 days to file an amended lawsuit.
  5. US FL: In Florida, A 2016 Spike In Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 25 Jan 2018 - Health advocates are hopeful the 2017 numbers will show a decline. Across Florida the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers spiked in 2016. According to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, 1,903 infants at Florida hospitals suffered from neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2014. That number climbed to 2,487 in 2015 and to 4,215 in 2016.
  6. US FL: Legislature May Expand Miami Needle Exchange

    Orlando Sentinel, 24 Jan 2018 - TALLAHASSEE -- Two years after lawmakers approved a needle-and-syringe exchange program in Miami-Dade County, the House and Senate are considering taking it statewide and expanding the types of providers who can offer the services. House and Senate health care-panels on Wednesday approved bills that would allow hospitals, clinics, medical schools and substance-abuse treatment programs to begin offering needle-and-syringe exchange programs to try to reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated cost nearly $380,000 to treat over a lifetime.
  7. US FL: Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban Challenged In Court

    Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jan 2018 - A judge is deciding whether Floridians should be allowed to consume medical marijuana by smoking it. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Thursday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on smoking.
  8. US FL: This City OK'd Marijuana Dispensaries. Now It's Having Second

    Sun-Sentinel, 08 Dec 2017 - Have they opened Pandora's box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders worry that's what they might've done by allowing marijuana dispensaries in the city. They're now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes, as well as setting rules to stop them from opening next to one another.
  9. US FL: What Is Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?

    Sun-Sentinel, 01 Dec 2017 - Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family. For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief. It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule, smoked or served as tea.