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Could cannabis help keep seniors in pain off opioids?

Jill Replogle
| The Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective has more than 800 members on the books, a sign that seniors are open to using pot for chronic pain and other issues. The community has had a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

Is the crackdown on opioids failing patients?

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Many chronic pain patients are middle-aged and older adults, who are among the highest users of prescription opioids. Some have been stranded by well-intentioned policies designed to curb abuse.

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Is Orange County leaving mental health dollars on the table?

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A recent state audit found that counties have a total of $2.5 billion in unspent funds that they could be using to address mental health and homelessness.

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The flu is back — with a vengeance

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This flu season has been worse than usual, and the influx of sickies is testing the capacity of clinics and hospitals.

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How teens are teaching each other the meaning of consent

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Los Angeles high schoolers in The Talk Project lead workshops for fellow teens about how to understand and deal with sexual harassment and assault.

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LA teams up with texting-based crisis counseling service

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The city will promote Crisis Text Line, which helps people dealing with everything from suicidal thoughts to sexual assault, in return for data on the kinds of challenges users face.

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Regulators crack down on nasty odors in parts of east LA

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District passed a rule to cut down on noxious odors from five rendering facilities that dispose of and recycle animal remains.

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Is SoCal's diversity one reason the opioid epidemic isn't as bad here?

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A public health official cites research showing Asians and Latinos are less likely to turn to pills for pain relief.

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