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US FL: Volusia Deputy Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man While Serving
Official: Unarmed Suspect Shot In Face While Resisting Drug Search DELTONA - A Deltona man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Volusia County deputy who was entering the home Wednesday morning on a narcotics search warrant, an official said.
US FL: Heroin Deaths Reveal Growing Foe For Law Enforcement
SARASOTA COUNTY - The 27-year-old man was found dead on Feb. 24 inside a Walmart bathroom in East Bradenton. He had a history of heroin use. A small bag containing a white substance was recovered from the scene.
US OH: Locked Into Treatment
Novel Program Helps Offenders Battle Addiction, Avoid Prison Time Theodore Twigg of Holland was headed for prison. A 37-year-old heroin addict, he was locked up in the Lucas County jail on Jan. 20, facing a five-year sentence for breaking-and-entering and fleeing from a police officer.
US DC: Review: 'A Call to Action for the 46 States That Know
William Bennett, who served as secretary of education under Ronald Reagan and director of national drug control policy (or drug czar) under George H.W. Bush, has long been known for his strong and clear articulation of conservative principles in a number of best-selling books, among them "The Book of Virtues."

Opinions

US CA: OPED: Ask The Tough Questions On Legalizing Pot
A blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves a pat on the back for taking a thoughtful approach to a likely 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana in California.
US NH: Supply and Demand Is Driving N.H.'s Illegal Drug
Supply and demand is one of the most fundamental concepts of economics and it is the backbone of a market economy. Demand refers to how much (quantity) of a product or service is desired by buyers. Supply represents how much the market can offer. This basic economic concept is in full play in NH's current illegal drug epidemic. As long as the demand for illegal drugs such as heroin is high, the supply will continue to flow into our state.
CN AB: OPED: Alberta's Drug Treatment Falls Short Of Demand
Opioid dependency needs better access and funding In early 2012, one of the most abused drugs in modern medicine - OxyContin - was taken off the market, and replaced by a somewhat tamper-resistant formulation, OxyNeo.
CN BC: Column: Detecting Drug Impaired Drivers A Challenge
Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer May Allow Police to Conduct Roadside Tests for THC in the Near Future

Letters

US CA: Yuba County
If the Yuba County Board of Supervisors is so worried about the impending drought and water shortage enough to deny medical marijuana patients their right to grow pot, why is the county selling water to Alameda County? You can't have your cake and eat it, too.
US CA: Pot Farms
Recently, I read that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing to legalize marijuana in California. I am against it because marijuana requires large amounts of water to grow and California is in the midst of a severe drought. This is the man who wants to be California's next governor?
CN ON: Legalize Pot
Legalize marijuana to benefit society: It's been at least 30 years since the respected British magazine, The Economist, and many others, presented rational arguments for legalizing marijuana.
US HI: Pot's Drug Status Should Be Changed
Froma Harrop should give more credit to the Rand Paul, RKy., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., bill ("Half a heart on marijuana better than no heart at all," Star-Advertiser, March 21).
US FL: Another Approach For Legalizing Pot
As a substance-abuse professional, I voted "no" on the medical marijuana issue in November. I believe it would be a hypocritical law, turning doctors into criminals.
US MD: Addiction Is An Illness
Drug and alcohol addiction is a sad but increasingly commonplace story ("Baltimore County family struggles with impact of heroin's grip," March 21).
US NY: End the Loss of Driver's Licenses for Drug
To the Editor: "Job Hunting With a Criminal Record" (editorial, March 19) rightly highlights the unjust challenges ex-offenders face in the job market. I applaud ban-the-box laws, which, as you say, "require employers to consider applicants more fully before asking about their criminal history," and we have done that for Delaware state jobs. To reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, I'm hopeful that my state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.