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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2018 


Kavanaugh now expected to meet his accuser at an open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Also on the Tuesday rundown: An Albany rally calls for a million solar households; and #GetCaughtReading – a weeklong campaign for readers of all ages.

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Health advocates say no one has ever died of an opioid overdose in a safer consumption space. (Todd Huffman [CC BY 2.0]/ Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Medical professionals, city lawmakers and others gathered at New York City Hall on Thursday to urge the city to create safer-consumption spaces. One New Yorker dies of a drug overdose every seven hours, and the number of deaths rises every year. Drug-treatment providers say 30 yea

More than ten times as many Americans are now imprisoned for drug offenses than in 1980. (babawawa/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — A new, 50-state study finds that putting more people in jail for drug offenses doesn't reduce drug use or overdose deaths. On Monday, President Donald Trump called for harsher sentences, including the death penalty for drug traffickers, to combat the opioid epidemic. Jake Horowitz

In 2016, there were more than 2,900 opioid related deaths in New York State. (picman2/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Drug-policy watchdog groups are calling Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that he is adding fentanyl analogs to New York State's controlled substances schedule "a step in the wrong direction." Comments by Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL New York, a statewide grassroots group.

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

Moms United believes the war on drugs, attacks on immigrants and on the poor all are interconnected. (A New PATH)

NEW YORK - As 2016 draws to a close, one organization has issued a set of New Year's resolutions calling on mothers everywhere to preserve advances in human rights. Moms United to End the War on Drugs was founded seven years ago to fight policies the group says destroy families and promote mass inc

In 2013, states with medical marijuana cut health-care spending by more than $165 million. (O'Dea/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK - A new study suggests that allowing the use of medical marijuana cuts down on prescription drug use. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, analyzed national Medicare data and found that prescriptions for all painkilling medications, including OxyContin, were 6 percent lower

Of the 20,000 New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession in 2015, 83 percent were black or Latino. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Near the close of the legislative session, a bill to seal court records on thousands of marijuana-possession arrests cleared the state Assembly. Possession of marijuana for personal use was decriminalized in New York in 1977. In the past 20 years, however, more than 700,000 New York

In New York dispensaries, medical marijuana will only be available as capsules, liquid or oil. (Aney/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in New York state next week, but patients may still be waiting to get access. The Compassionate Care Act, signed into law in July of last year, set Jan. 5, 2016 as a target date for up to 20 dispensaries to open statewide. But Julie Netherland o

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