Friday, March 7 2014 9:24 PM EST2014-03-08 02:24:48 GMT
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative. HouseMore >>
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative.
Backers say the bipartisan bill helps address public health concerns linked to Ohio's growing heroin problem by slowing the spread of hepatitis C, HIV and other infections that can be passed among intravenous drug users on a dirty syringe.
Some conservative Republicans argue it would enable drug users instead of addressing the root problems.
The House passed the legislation Wednesday, sending it to the Senate. This is already up and running in 28 other states, and now more communities in Ohio are trying to decide if it's right for them.
The City of Springdale voted five to two in favor of starting a needle-exchange program, referring to it as an "Infectious Disease Prevention Program."
has become a drug of choice for many because it's affordable and readily
available," said Springdale Health Commissioner Cammie Mitrione.
they're in the process of starting a "mobile syringe exchange unit"
in a local business district. It may even offer counseling and testing
really it's an opportunity to build a relationship with people that apparently
have a drug problem," said Mitrione.
Rose Ann Breezley's
son died earlier this year from a heroin overdose. She says heroin is an
epidemic, and this isn't stopping the drug use, but it's something that can
help innocent people.
"What if a child picks up one of these needles
from someone who has hepatitis or AIDS, that child's life is ruined," Breezley told FOX19.
says if the Ohio bill passes, it will make it easier for bigger cities to start
their own programs with less hoops to jump through.
"It is not the answer to all the problems. It is one piece of the puzzle, and we all
have to start somewhere," she said.
Dr. Judith Feinberg who's been instrumental in helping Springdale with the program
says heroin addiction is as strong as they come, and this isn't only about a
needle exchange, but keeping these people disease-free for when they do decide
to get help.
communities across Ohio are learning more about the program. As for Springdale,
if everything goes as planned they hope to have their mobile unit up and
running by the end of 2013.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:00 PM EST2014-03-06 21:00:31 GMT
(CNN) - Facebook is cracking down on guns. A new policy plans to block minors from seeing gun sale postings. The social media site will also pull posts of sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Facebook plans to pull posts of gun sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 1:17 PM EST2014-03-05 18:17:50 GMT
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole. "Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he was trying to fight crime in the area andMore >>
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:40 AM EST2014-03-07 12:40:30 GMT
North Louisiana Senator Robert Adley, R-Benton, says last week's fund raiser by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark did not make the judicial side of government look good. Adley's concernedMore >>
A fundraising loophole allows Louisiana lawyers to host campaign events for judges, so one state lawmaker wants to tighten up the way judges can raise money.More >>
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