Heroin overdoses will now be considered homicides, coroner says

Coroner Charles E. Kiessling said Wednesday it is time to stop dancing around the issue and “call it what it is.” He now lists homicide as the manner of death on death certificates in cases where heroin addiction treatment has been determined to be the cause. “If you are selling heroin addiction to someone and they die, isn’t that homicide?” he asked. Calling it accidental down plays the severity of the situation, he said, noting there were approximately two dozen drug

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DEA Admits Marijuana Is Definitely Safer Than Heroin

It’s finally happened – the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has admitted that marijuana is “clearly” safer than heroin. Though this isn’t news to science, it represents a small but significant shift in the DEA who had previously refused to acknowledge that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin. The science has been clear on the matter for a while. Not only is marijuana safer than heroin, but drug experts broadly agree that it’s also safer than alcohol. Yet, both drugs continue to be Schedule

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Study Finds Majority Of Accidental Heroin Overdoses Could Be Prevented With Less Heroin

BALTIMORE—According to a study published Monday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the majority of the nearly 9,000 accidental heroin overdoses that occur in the U.S. each year could easily be prevented if the victim were to take less heroin. “Our data clearly showed that, in more than 95 percent of cases, had the individual used a smaller amount of heroin than they actually did, their chances of overdosing on heroin would have been significantly lowered,” said the study’s co-author

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Ireland to ‘decriminalise’ small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use

Minister also announced intention to implement ‘injection rooms’ in Dublin for addicts Rose Troup Buchanan Many drug users pick up additional infections and medical problems as a result of using unclean needles Getty Ireland will move towards decriminalising substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country’s drugs minister has said. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, told a lecture at the London School of Economics on Monday that drug users will be able to

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Heroin. Stop the Silence. Speak the Truth. Start the Conversation.

by Patricia Byrne Marc Alberts: Our little brother A boy from my old neighborhood died this week. He was no longer a ‘boy’, he was 26, but to me he was still one of the kids. They ran around in the summer as a pack. You could tell where they were by looking for their pile of bikes. Scenes from those days of innocence keep flashing through my head – when they went from one house to another, rode their bikes

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