Boston Globe, 25 Sep 2015 - The state Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill that would require all public school districts in Massachusetts to screen seventh and 10th graders for potential drug use, with an eye toward stemming the scourge of opioid abuse at an early stage. The screenings would not involve drug tests. Rather, the screener - who could be a school nurse or psychologist trained in speaking to kids about drug use - would determine through a conversation if the student was engaged in risky behavior, according to a Senate briefing for reporters on the proposal.
Globe and Mail, 18 Sep 2015 - Girl's Seizures Had Improved With Cannabis Extract, Prompting Mom to Seek Help at Ontario Clinic An Alberta mother whose daughter has severe epilepsy has travelled to Ontario for a medical marijuana prescription after the girl's doctor said he was no longer allowed to provide permission to purchase the product.
The New Mexican, 31 Aug 2015 - Poppy Production Booms As American Appetite for Opioids Grows With her nimble hands, tiny feet and low center of gravity, Angelica Guerrero Ortega makes an excellent opium harvester. Deployed along the Sierra Madre del Sur, where a record poppy crop covers the mountainsides in strokes of green, pink and purple, she navigates the inclines with the deftness of a ballerina.
The Record, 28 Aug 2015 - People Make Judgments About Parents Who Have Lost Children WATERLOO REGION - Losing a child is one of the greatest pains for any parent. But when the child dies from a drug overdose or a drinking and driving accident, the public stigma attached to those deaths can leave parents reeling with guilt.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Aug 2015 - A SIGN OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN That's How Parents See Medical Marijuana, Though Doubts Remain. PITTSBURGH - In Room 716 of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 12-year-old Hannah Pallas is motionless, but for an occasional turn of her head and the blink of her eyes, following a series of life-threatening seizures.
The Columbian, 23 Aug 2015 - It's Relatively Stable, From County Juvenile Court's Standpoint Misdemeanor marijuana-related crimes have plummeted for adults following legalization, but for minors, marijuana is still very much illegal. Marijuana use among children is relatively flat, though children referred to court on suspicion of possessing marijuana went up slightly from 2013 to 2014.
Columbus Dispatch, 18 Aug 2015 - Two photos speak volumes about the fledgling campaign opposing marijuana legalization in Ohio. A picture of a child's hand reaching into a jar for a tempting gummy hints at the daunting possibility that kids might eat cookies and candy laced with marijuana, with resulting serious health effects.