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‘Unique Threat Of Fentanyl’ Has Lawmakers Seeking Answers From Nation’s Drug Czar

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The powerful opioid is responsible for nearly 20 percent of fatal overdoses, and lawmakers want assurance that the federal government recognizes the lethal threat. In other news on the crisis, researchers try to understand why there are so many relapses when it comes to opioid addiction, Virginia’s governor takes steps to address the problem, lawmakers ask for an investigation into a rash of overdoses at Connecticut “sober homes” and hundreds rally to support preserving substance abuse treatment.

Vitamin IVs: A Cure To Hangovers And Jet Lag Or Just The Latest Fad?

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Like other supplements, IVs that pump vitamins and amino acids directly into the bloodstream are lacking robust scientific evidence to show that they actually work. Also in public health news: ALS, schizophrenia, ADHD, heart screenings and geriatricians.

Personal Tragedies A Driving Force For State Lawmakers Aiming To Combat Opioid Crisis

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Many lawmakers across the country are motivated by the way their loved ones have been touched by the epidemic. “We’re all here because we have this empty void in our lives,” said Minnesota state Rep. Dave Baker, whose son started out taking prescription drugs for back pain and died of a heroin overdose in 2011. Media outlets report on the crisis out of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Georgia.

In Midst Of Raging Opioid Epidemic, Some Turn To Marijuana As Alternative Pain Reliever

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A 2016 study found that states with medical marijuana laws had 25 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths than states that do not have medical marijuana laws. Some remain cautious about swapping one drug for another. Media outlets also report more on the crisis out of Maryland, Montana, Ohio, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia.

U.S. Urged China To Crack Down On Synthetic Opioids Killing Hundreds Here

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China is believed to be a major source for bootleg opioids, including the potent carfentanil, that are brought into the U.S. and contribute to the painkiller epidemic. In related news on the crisis, Georgia lawmakers consider regulations for opioid treatment centers.

Lawmakers Move To Ease Obama-Era E-Cigarette Regulations

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A proposal by Republican Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Sanford Bishop of Georgia would get rid of a “grandfather” clause that requires companies selling cigars, pipe tobacco, and vapor products such as e-cigarettes after Feb. 15, 2007 to disclose their ingredients and prove that their products meet the applicable public health standards set by the law.