President-Elect Joe Biden Views Drug Addiction as Public Health Concern

The digital media publication Politico recently published more information on Joe Biden’s plans to acknowledge drug addiction primarily as a health concern versus a criminal legal problem. This past week, the article “Biden’s other health crisis: A resurgent drug epidemic” reveals Biden’s strategies for the drug addiction crisis that has become even worse during the covid-19  pandemic. President Trump, who relied on the legal processes to take prescience over illegal drug use, Biden plans to go forward with a more healing agenda focused on how to help drug addicts.

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Purdue Pharma Pleades Guilty for Instigating the Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma, Inventors of Oxycontin, Take Legal Responsibility for Instigating the National Opioid Crisis and Plead Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges
The Department of Justice announced that Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges that identify their company as criminally responsible for promoting a drug that has caused the nation and worldwide opioid epidemic. The drug, Oxycontin, is responsible for causing a surge of addiction that sparked the still current nationwide heroin addiction problem. The drug Oxycontin is also what has contributed to countless accidental overdoses as a result of the habit.
Because Purdue Pharma invented and then promoted Oxycontin as safe, they are now identified as a critical constituent of the nationwide opioid addiction crisis. They have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws.

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Heroin Prices Rise Because of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has not only halted the regular routines of all people on the globe, but it is also affecting the illegal and legal drug-taking cultures in exceptionally dangerous ways. First, is the current limited drug availability because of travel restrictions from known drug-producing countries such as China, Mexico, South America, etc.

Second, are the shelter in place orders, which mean that addicts can no longer hit the streets or enter drug-dealing neighborhoods to get their drugs- which will likely cause even riskier drug experimenting and using behaviors to occur. The third reason is that the services that support addiction recoveries, such as methadone clinics and other medical practitioners, may or may not be open. And finally, the cost of heroin and other drugs that are still available have skyrocketed.

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Service dog without owner could mean an emergency

When most people think of the term “service dog” they think of an animal that has been trained for a person who is blind and needs a guide. Others will think a dog who helps a person in a wheelchair. However, service dogs come in all different breeds and fill all types of roles. So, what is a service dog and what types of life-saving skills do these canines offer?

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New York Drug Dealer Charged in Two Overdose Deaths

In recent years, drug dealers are being charged throughout the country with the overdose deaths of the customers and addicts they serve on the streets. Recently, a Long Island drug dealer was indicted in the deaths of two customers in Queens. This is the first time a dealer in the borough has been directly held responsible for the death of a drug addict. Law enforcement officials alledge that the narcotics he sold are the direct cause and reason for the death of two individuals.

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Tainted Cocaine Causes 5 Overdose Deaths in New York

The tainted cocaine drug overdoses that took the lives of 5 people this past week in New York began on Friday, September 20th, killing a 38-year-old man after he ingested the laced cocaine. The next day (Saturday) the death toll continued and took the life of a 40-year-old man also suspected to have used the same tainted cocaine. This past Tuesday the Yonkers police announced that there were three other overdose deaths which are likely to be connected to this same batch of tainted cocaine.

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Starbucks begins offering employees mental health benefits

Mental health awareness continues to increase in recent years and more employers are addressing the importance of mental health benefits for their workers. One of those employers is Starbucks, and the CEO Kevin Johnson recently went over the changes that are being implemented for the coffee giant.

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Calvin Klein Club Drug

Calvin Klein club drug is a dangerous mix of ketamine and cocaine
There is a new club drug cocktail that is killing our youth and authorities are helpess to stop it. The ‘Calvin Klein’ drug tragically took the life of a young violinist who was a musical prodigy. The drug is come to be known as the ‘Calvin Klein’ drug because it goes by the initials ‘CK,’ that reference the brand name known throughout the world. CK is a cocktail drug that is a mixture of cocaine and ketamine. The young violinist died from an accidental overdose of the drug in London on Thursday, July 11th, 2019.

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Massive Fentanyl Bust in Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, New York, has proven to be another stop on the newest Fentanyl pipeline that supports the ever increasing opioid epidemic in the United States.  A massive drug bust of Fentanyl, Heroin, and Meth occurred on November 30th, 2018 in Binghamton, NY. The amount seized has been said to have the potential to kill 500,000 people. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to cut heroin in order to increase the strength, thus sales, and also lower the cost of producing higher quality heroin.

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