Topic: Drugs

Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Political Satire
Dozens of people died of marijuana overdoses on the day recreational use became legal in Colorado.
This is passed off as political satire by Daily Currant but is circulated as a real news story.  The truth is that a "marijuana overdose" is virtually a medical impossibility.
Organizing For Action
A Koch brothers group is "going to college campuses, giving away free booze to try to bribe young folks out of getting health insurance."
Generation Opportunity, a Koch brothers-backed group, didn’t bribe students, but they did offer alcohol to young people at Opt-Out events near college campuses, to encourage young people to consider buying health insurance other than the Affordable Care Act.
Susan Shapiro
Author says half of daily marijuana users become addicted, roughly 2.7 million people.
A 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Addiction means having 2 out of 7 symptoms like the need for markedly increased amounts of the substance, withdrawal symptoms, and  reduction or abandonment of social, work or recreational activities because of use.
Brian Kilmeade Fox News
Says Colorado food stamp recipients can use ATMs to get cash to buy marijuana.
The technology behind government electronic benefit cards blocks that. While the card could have cash value from another program such as TANF, no ATM would dispense cash based on a person’s food stamp allowance.
Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says "Six thousand people have sought addiction treatment through expanded Medicaid."
There is no question that substance abuse in the state of NH is a real and pressing problem, and the statistics show that thousands have sought help as a result of the state’s expanded Medicaid program. The real total is closer to 2,000 -- about one-third the amount Hassan cited.
Bill Cosby
‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 women tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen.
Cosby admitted in a recently released deposition, to pursuing sex with young women with the aid of Quaaludes, which can render a person functionally immobile. “I used them,” he said, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’ ”  In this article, 35 women not only tell about being lured in, drugged, and assaulted, but they include the aftermath and trauma.
John Kasich R-oh
Presidential hopeful, Kasich says that real conservatism is watching out for the poor and disadvantaged, and that is good for the economy.
Kasich defended Ohio's Medicaid expansion by saying, when skeptics arrive in heaven, "Saint Peter isn’t going to ask them how small they’ve kept government, but what they have done for the poor." He quotes Matthew 25.  Healthy people are employable, and Medicaid money helps, rehabilitate prisoners and drug users, which saves money.  Ohio's budget has a surplus and he has cut taxes.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary Clinton proposes $10 billion plan to fight addiction.
"Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment," Clinton proposes medication-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine and methadone, along with counseling, because these have proven to be effective according to the World Health Organization and other agencies.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary says, "Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment."
The actual ratio is about one of nine, not one in 10, and it’s worth noting that the treatment statistics include only the most intensive methods, leaving out such widely used approaches as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Vicky Hartzler
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler said "Twenty-five percent of our kids in foster care are there because their parents are involved in drugs."
Drug abuse by parents is the second most prevalent reason for a parent losing custody of a child to foster care services.

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