McConnell to introduce bill for a minimum age to buy tobacco of 21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18, he announced Thursday.

McConnell will introduce the legislation, called the McConnell bill, in May, he said. The bill will cover all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. McConnell’s backing marks the strongest support yet in Congress for what’s been dubbed “T21.”

“For some time, I’ve been hearing from the parents who are seeing an unprecedented spike in vaping among their teenage children,” McConnell said in a statement. “In addition, we all know people who started smoking at a young age and who struggled to quit as adults. Unfortunately it’s reaching epidemic levels around the country.”

Source: McConnell to introduce bill for a minimum age to buy tobacco of 21

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Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose — ScienceDaily

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug.

The first formulation of the heroin vaccine was developed in 2013 by a team led by Kim D. Janda, PhD, the Ely R. Callaway Jr. Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI. It has been shown to be effective — and safe — in both mouse and non-human primate models.

Source: Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose — ScienceDaily

Donald Trump’s trade war with China could make opioid epidemic worse

 

The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade.

Trade tensions with allies were heightened by the White House announcement in March of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. On Friday, another round of tariffs specifically targeting China took effect.

And that China focus could interrupt other trade-related issues — specifically, those targeting the flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl into the United States.

Source: Donald Trump’s trade war with China could make opioid epidemic worse

Two British Citizens Poisoned With Nerve Agent That Struck Down Ex-Russian Spy | HuffPost

AMESBURY, England, July 4 (Reuters) – Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday.

The pair, a local 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were hospitalized after being found unwell on Saturday in Amesbury, just miles away from Salisbury where ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked in March.

Source: Two British Citizens Poisoned With Nerve Agent That Struck Down Ex-Russian Spy | HuffPost

Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug

Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived treatment for epilepsy, is an FDA-approved prescription drug that would be sold in pharmacies, not dispensaries.

The Food and Drug Administration on June 25 approved Epidiolex, a treatment for epilepsy created by British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH). The Drug Enforcement Administration has 90 days to schedule the medication, and it is widely expected to allow doctors to prescribe it.

That will open the cannabis industry to mainstream pharmacies and medical practitioners.

Source: Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug

BBC – Future – Why non-smokers are getting lung cancer

Lung cancer is commonly associated with smoking. But rates of the disease among non-smokers – and women – are rising.

The World Health Organisation points out, “Women and children often lack power to negotiate smoke-free spaces, including in their homes.” Secondhand smoke increases the chance of a non-smoker getting lung cancer by 20-30% and causes 430,000 deaths worldwide each year – 64% of which are women.

Source: BBC – Future – Why non-smokers are getting lung cancer

Marijuana addiction is real, and rising – The Denver Post

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say the normalization of America’s marijuana culture got its start.

For Quintin Pohl and other teenagers before him, smoking pot was a rite of passage. It was a diversion from the loneliness he felt at home when his parents were splitting up and a salve for middle-school angst. It was his entire social life in seventh and eighth grades, he said, when social life is everything.

Even though nearly all his friends were using marijuana and seeming to enjoy it, Pohl said, at some point his marijuana use took a turn he never saw coming: He became addicted.

Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence. Many say it is on the rise, perhaps because of the increasing potency of genetically engineered plants and the use of concentrated products, or because more users are partaking multiple times a day.

Source: Marijuana addiction is real, and rising – The Denver Post

Hantavirus Kills Belmont Park Worker – YouTube

New York state health officials believe a backstretch worker at Belmont Park died from a rare virus found in rodent droppings.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah9Fx950j3U

NEW YORK — New York state health officials believe a backstretch worker at Belmont Park died from a rare virus found in rodent droppings.The state health department said Friday that the racetrack

Source: Belmont Park worker dies of suspected rare virus carried by rodents

 

DA clears 4 Greensburg cops of wrongdoing in fatal arrest | TribLIVE

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An accidental drug overdose caused a Greensburg man’s February death that occurred as police were arresting him in connection with a break-in at Greensburg Salem Middle School, according to county officials.

District Attorney John Peck cleared four Greensburg police officers of any wrongdoing in the death of Ian Frederick Sagucio , 35.

Source: DA clears 4 Greensburg cops of wrongdoing in fatal arrest | TribLIVE