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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Some first-time DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will be required to install ignition interlocks in their cars. (Rsheram/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when t ...Read More

Magazines that promote marijuana will have to be kept behind the counter under the latest proposal to legalize marijuana in Maine. (United States Fish and Wildlife Service).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It has been a long road paved with court battles and compromise, but Maine voters will get a chance to decide whether the state should legalize pot on the November ballot. David Boyer, who manages the Maine chapter of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the ...Read More

A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu ...Read More

A statewide listening tour heads to Greeley Tuesday, May 24 in an effort to learn more about barriers to accessing mental health care. (Counselling/Pixabay)

DENVER - Mental Health Colorado is bringing its statewide listening tour to Greeley on May 24 in an effort to engage more residents in breaking through the barriers of mental health care. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of the group, says more than 1 million Coloradans experience a mental-heal ...Read More

State health experts have launched a new campaign aimed at curbing the growing number of heroin and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths in North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Health experts host a community meeting today in Grand Forks to talk about the growing problems of prescription drug and heroin abuse in North Dakota. The meeting is part of the state Department of Human Services' newly-launched "Stop Overdose" campaign. According to the Cent ...Read More

Maine lawmakers will be busy today dealing with veto messages by Gov. Paul LePage. A bill concerning drug overdose medication is deemed to be a priority. (sustainablepulse.com)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers meet today for a single purpose -- to address vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage -- and there is no shortage of them to consider. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon said a priority will be trying to overturn the LePage veto of LD 1547, a bill that provides access ...Read More

More people die from opiate overdoses than motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of Columbia Pacific CCO. (pixabay)

SEASIDE, Ore. - More people die from opiate overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. Koreishi and other health officials held the North Coast Opioid Summit on Thursday in Seaside to address t ...Read More

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is designed to keep people's extra medications out of the hands of addicts. (dodgerton skillhause/Morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. - On April 30, Montanans are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused medication to 20 sites across the state for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Statistics show 53 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or fami ...Read More

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