April 19 2017
The new attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions, recently declared that marijuana was “only slightly less awful” than heroin
New maps show where overdose crisis is worse
Jan. 18 2017
“Scanner — 30-year-old male overdose victim, not breathing, needles on floor nearby, 3600 block of Lathrop.”
Increased cost of life-saving drug ‘unconscionable’
Sept. 21 2016
“Follow the money.” A still common phrase initially imbedded into the national lexicon back in the wacky decade of the 1970s, the years of Machiavellian politicians, the end of the Vietnam...
Aug. 17 2016
When a man finally offers a ride, she knows it’s not out of chivalry or kindness — it’s for sex. With only seconds to profile him, she knows the ride can land her one of several places:...
As more people use drugs, injection drug use increases — and so do cases of HIV, other diseases
Sept. 16 2015
In December 2014, a small Southern Indiana county started registering an explosion of HIV cases. Scott County had usually identified only five news cases of the infection every year. But in December that...
One addict talks about his struggle
Sept. 16 2015
Soon, another friend introduced him to heroin. She stuck a needle in his arm and injected the drug. “It just took every ounce of stress that I had and released it for just 10 minutes, 20 minutes....
Feds raid DeWeese’s medical practice
July 1 2015
A drug addiction and pain treatment center owned and operated by former state Rep. Paul DeWeese was raided last month by a multi-jurisdictional task force led by the FBI June 21. Opioid Recovery Center/Lansing...
Panel discussion about PrEP HIV prevention drug comes to Lansing
Dec. 3 2014
Jesse Anguiano only wanted an extra layer of protection during sex. The 31-year-old gay man had been hearing about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for some time from HIV test counselors at the Lansing...
Greater Lansing, fitting with national trends, is not immune to the heroin epidemic. Will combating it take aggressive law enforcement or a rethinking of drug laws?
Feb. 12 2014
If after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s deadly overdose in New York and a governor’s assertion of a statewide “crisis” in Vermont you still feel far removed from heroin abuse, think again
Police crack down on
July 7 2014
Michael Hays was doing what thousands of CATA bus riders do every day: waiting for a bus to return home. The next bus would arrive in about 20 minutes, so the community actor decided to have a cigarette
Eight Lansing-area medical providers received more than $1 million each from feds in 2012
April 16 2014
Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The...
May 8 2013
In a rare change of pace, the state House of Representatives wants more facts before deciding on a controversial policy
Despite facing felony drug charges, Fredrick Wayne Dagit helped his son set up a medical marijuana delivery service
March 2 2011
Nine weeks in jail and pending felony drug charges aren’t keeping Fredrick Wayne Dagit from doing what he believes is his mission: medical marijuana
The good news: Heroin abusers no longer dominate local rehab clinics. The bad news: They are being overtaken by prescription drug abusers. Methadone is the cheap new culprit.
July 7 2010
A true opiate addict claims to "feel normal" the first time he does opiates. David Blankenship, program director for Victory Clinical Services, which operates an addiction recovery center on South Cedar...
June 23 2010
Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented...

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