Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US PA: Conrail Not Ready Yet On Cleanup Of Heroin Gulch

    Philadelphia Daily News, 25 Jul 2017 - Cleanup of the Gurney Street railroad gulch in Fairhill, a campground for heroin users and a dumping site for needles and garbage, didn't start Monday as was initially planned. The city came to an agreement with Conrail last month to fence and clean up the property. A contract calls for work to start by July 31, but Conrail planned to start work Monday.
  2. US PA: Editorial: Stop Opioids From Being Delivered By The U.s Postal

    Philadelphia Daily News, 17 Jul 2017 - Within the murky online corners of the so-called Dark Net, drug dealers emphasize the best way to send their goods across the United States is not via FedEx, UPS, or another private mail carrier, but through the U.S Postal Service. Last year, up to 59,000 opioid-related deaths occurred, making those narcotics the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Many of the deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids, which have flooded the market through mail orders from China using USPS.
  3. US PA: Audit: Pennsylvania Isn't Evaluating Addiction Programs

    Morning Call, 13 Jul 2017 - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state government is not measuring the effectiveness of many of its addiction treatment programs that can be helpful in the fight against the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug overdoses, auditors said Thursday. The audit launched last year by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recommends that three state agencies -- the departments of Human Services, Corrections and Drug and Alcohol Programs -- do more to assess whether their addiction treatment programs are successful in curing people. It also warns that more money is needed to fund the effort.
  4. US PA: How I Loved And Lost My Fiance - A Heroin Addict

    Philadelphia Daily News, 12 Jul 2017 - Chris and I were texting Dec. 11, 2016, when at 3:50 p.m. he went silent. I assumed it was because we were arguing. We were always arguing, ever since his addiction had taken over his life. The signs were there: The man who would write beautiful songs on his guitar became sluggish and angry. He wouldn't spend time with the people who lifted him up and instead sneaked out to see those who enabled his addiction. He stopped going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and group therapy.
  5. US PA: Partners Have Big Plans For Allentown's Medical Marijuana

    Morning Call, 07 Jul 2017 - Allentown's first licensed medical marijuana dispensary features a partnership between a fifth-generation Lehigh Valley native and a big-time medical cannabis company that has helped secure more than 50 licenses in states across the country. Mission Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Phoenix-based management consulting firm 4Front Ventures, hopes to open its first Mission Pennsylvania dispensary early next year in a building at 2733 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, that currently houses MP Outfitters.
  6. US PA: Why Medical Marijuana Shops In Pa. Won't Reek

    Philadelphia Daily News, 04 Jul 2017 - Walk into a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey and the first thing to hit you is the stink. Weed's scent is a sour blast that seems to reek of citrus, diesel, and skunk. At the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, charcoal air purifiers -- encased in gleaming steel and larger than jet engines -- are strategically placed through the facility. It's hard to say whether their presence tempers the odor, which is generated by thousands of cannabis plants growing under lights in the same building.
  7. US PA: Councilwoman Will Try To Block Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Jul 2017 - A Philadelphia city councilwoman says she will try to block a medical marijuana dispensary from being located in her East Mount Airy district. "This is not a debate about the merits of medical marijuana -- which the community and I both support -- but it is solely about the proposed use at this location," Parker said in a statement, citing concerns about public safety and security. "I remain vehemently opposed to this site."
  8. US PA: Where Medical Cannabis Shops Will Be In Pa.

    Philadelphia Daily News, 29 Jun 2017 - Medical marijuana permits leave losers fuming in Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the names and locations of companies that will be permitted to sell medical marijuana in the state.
  9. US PA: Marijuana Has Been Decriminalized For A Year In Philly How's

    Philadelphia Daily News, 27 Jun 2017 - GOING? In fact, since decriminalization took effect, police have cited 73 percent fewer people than they arrested for possessing weed during the same time period in the year prior to decriminalization.