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200 Staten Island cops authorized to give shots for prescription drug overdose (12.30.13)

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Nearly 200 cops in one Staten Island precinct have been authorized to administer a drug to prescription drug overdose victims, police said.

The pilot program was sparked by the high rate of opioid abuse on Staten Island - per 100,000 residents, the top three areas for such deaths in 2011 and 2012 were on the island.

 

READ MORE: New York Daily News

 

 

Chiara de Blasio Opens Up About Drug and Alcohol Addiction (12.26.13)

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Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, has disclosed that she's fought depression and substance abuse throughout her adolescence and wants to help others overcome similar problems.

FULL STORY: Wall Street Journal

 

 

Commentary: Rapper Macklemore Takes on Prevention (12.26.13)

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared some new songs with me. He explained the songs were written and performed by a rapper named Macklemore. After listening to just one song, I was encouraged.

FULL STORY: The Partnership at Drugfree.org

 

 

Electronic Cigarettes Face Public Ban in New York City (12.26.13)

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Years after being exiled to New York City's sidewalks by a ban on smoking in indoor public places, some smokers relished electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold. Now they're down to their last few puffs after the City Council voted 43-8 Thursday to expand the ban to include the devices.
 

FULL STORY: Highlight Press

 

 

'Selfies 4 Safety' Campaign Aims to Stop Gun Violence in Crown Heights (12.23.13)

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In the latest campaign to prevent youth gun violence in Crown Heights, the medium is cheeky — but the message is dead serious.

Strong Alcohol Policies Due to Lower Binge Drinking in Other States (12.18.13)

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Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that strong alcohol policy can be a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S. The study is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Booze Banned on LIRR During SantaCon (12.18.13)

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For a glorious minute last week, it seemed that there might be an end to drinking alcohol on Long Island Railroad during SantaCon, the terrible annual tradition of grown adults dressing in Santa suits and drinking until they regurgitate all over the streets of New York.

Many PG-13 Movies Have Violent Characters Who Drink, Smoke and Have Sex (12.13.13)

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An analysis of almost 400 top-grossing movies from 1985 to 2010 shows about 90 percent included at least one moment of violence involving a main character. In 77 percent of those movies, the main character also smoked tobacco or drank alcohol or engaged in sexual behavior, HealthDay reports.

Cigarette Smuggling: It Adds Up (12.13.13)

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Research by Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive and Adjunct Scholar Todd Nesbit on cigarette smuggling was recently cited in Pacific Standard. The magazine cites in particular their finding that the state of New York has the highest cigarette smuggling rate in the nation, and has increased some 70 percent since 2006 due to high tobacco excise taxes.

DETAIL STORY: Pacific Standard

 

 

NYS Lawmakers Roll Out Measure To Tax, Legalize Marijuana (12.12.13)

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New York State Senator Liz Krueger on Wednesday will join fellow elected officials and leading advocates on drug policy and criminal justice reform to announce her introduction of the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) at a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall.

DETAIL STORY: New York Times

 

 

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