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    PNS Daily News - February 10, 20160 


    Voters in New Hampshire turnout in force for outsiders Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump; also on today’s nationwide rundown; the Supreme Court puts the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan on hold; a New York push for healthcare for undocumented immigrants; and it’s National Young Voter Month.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to make naloxone, a lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose, available without a prescription. (cohdra/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Three people die from prescription opioid overdose in Oregon each week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, and lawmakers in Salem are taking notice. The House Committee on Health Care is expected to hammer out during a work session today the details of a bill allowing pharma ...Read More

Backers of a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine say they have 60,000 more than the required signatures and look forward to being on the November ballot when lots of young Mainers should be headed to the polls. (RegulateMaine.org)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The nation will be watching New England on Tuesday to see how the presidential candidates fare in the New Hampshire primary, and backers of a Maine ballot proposal hope to ride a wave of young voter turnout in November. David Boyer, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Mariju ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it ...Read More

Young people who might never touch a cigarette are now experimenting with e-cigarettes, mistakenly believing they are safer, according to the American Lung Association. (FDA.gov)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - In the American Lung Association's just-released "State Of Tobacco Control" report, Wisconsin gets an "A" for smoke-free air, a "B" for tobacco taxes, and a pair of failing grades for a lack of tobacco prevention and control program funding and access to smoking cessation services ...Read More

Anti-smoking groups say evidence shows tobacco tax increases don't chase sales out of state.(WalletHub)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In spite of industry arguments, anti-smoking groups say the evidence shows a sharp boost in the state's tobacco tax won't drive sales out of the state. West Virginia's cigarette tax is more than $1 a pack under the national average. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to raise that 45 c ...Read More

Smokers in North Carolina spend an average of $88,000 over their lifetime on their habit, which is less than in many other states. (erdenebayer/morguefile)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The average smoker in North Carolina will spend $88,000 on their habit over a lifetime. That's according to new data from the personal-finance website, WalletHub. Lifetime healthcare costs are even higher than that, at $136,000, and tobacco addiction specialist Donna Borowski wit ...Read More

A new report says lighting up costs the average New Mexico smoker more than $30,000 a year. (Alvimann/morguefile)

PHOENIX - We all know smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, but have you ever thought about just how much money it costs a person over their lifetime? New research compiled by the online survey company WalletHub determined the average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is between ...Read More

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is among House members who gave unanimous support to a measure that aims to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers. (Office of Rep. Sanchez)

BOSTON - State lawmakers passed a measure in the House this week that would limit the prescriptions that most doctors write for pain medications to a seven-day supply. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Dist. 15) supports the measure. He says more than 1,0000 people died from opioid-related overdoses i ...Read More

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