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D.C. Law Provides Protection For Overdose Victims

People seeking medical assistance for drug overdoses in the District will soon have more legal protections. Many people who witness overdoses are reluctant to call 911 because they're afraid of being arrested, advocates say.

The act would give these callers immunity for drug possession and related minor offenses in an effort to reduce deaths from overdosing. It also requires an educational campaign and the collection of data to monitor changes in the causes and rates of overdoses in the District.

Critics say the act is unnecessary and could be exploited to allow illegal conduct. The bill has been approved unanimously by the D.C. Council and signed by the mayor. It will become law after a review by Congress. 

So far, ten states have adopted similar harm reduction laws aimed at preventing overdosing deaths.

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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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