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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Stat News by Andrew Joseph reports - When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch party to envision natural disasters like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a blizzard. The debut of OxyContin, said Sackler — a member of the family that started and controls the company and then a company executive — “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Five years later,…
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“Happiness” exercises can boost mood in those recovering from substance use disorder

Mass General Hospital reports - Brief, text-based, self-administered exercises can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, report researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute. The study, published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first of its kind to test whether positive psychology exercises boost happiness in persons recovering from substance use. “Addiction scientists are increasingly moving beyond the traditional focus on reducing or eliminating substance use by advocating treatment protocols…
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STATE OF THE CITY 2019

Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his State of the City address. Thank you everyone. To my mother Mary , my brother John , and to Lorrie : Thank you for never letting me forget where I come from. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you. Governor Baker and Constitutional Officers; Speaker DeLeo, President Spilka, and our delegation at the State House; Ambassador Flynn and Mrs. Flynn; President Campbell and the Boston City Council: Thank you for being…
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Historic Occurrences – The Great Molasses Flood Boston Disaster of 1919

Boston, MA: - Cylinder Stress Failure - The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event entered local folklore and for decades afterwards residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On…
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WORLD – Robert Kraft, New England (football) Patriots Owner, Announced as the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate

New York, USA and Tel Aviv, Israel – Today, , The Genesis Prize Foundation announced prominent American philanthropist and owner of the New England Patriots football team, Robert Kraft, as the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate. Awarded “Jewish Nobel” for his commitment to Israel, social justice and equality. Will use $1 million award to combat anti-Semitism, efforts at de-legitimization of Israel. The annual $1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by Time Magazine, honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and…
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Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet Struck by Car in Back Bay, Hospitalized

“Struck by a car on Commonwealth Avenue, while on a crosswalk,” she wrote in the post. “Thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body. Yesterday. I’m completely broken. More surgery to come.” Heartbreakers heart for Boston bombings survivor Adrianne Haslet who has been hospitalized following a Back Bay pedestrian motor vehicle accident. Haslet lost her leg as a result of the Boston bombings. A high tech replacement prosthesis allowed her to dance again. She is…
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Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returns to homeport following counter narcotics patrol

BOSTON, MA: The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to Kittery, Maine on Tuesday following a three-month counter narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  Crew from Coast Guard Cutter Campbell stop a suspected drug smuggling boat in the eastern Pacific Ocean during a patrol in October, 2018. During the 90-day patrol, Campbell seized approximately 5,300 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of $159 million. ( Coast Guard photo) (Photo edited for security) During the patrol, the crew…
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