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Painkiller shift aims at rising overdoses

11/07/2013
In an effort to limit a disturbing increase in prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration recommended stricter regulations on the most commonly prescribed painkillers. The policy shift announced two weeks ago will place heavier controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone–drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents. If the recommendations are approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, hydrocodone painkillers will join powerful narcotics like OxyContin and morphine as Schedule II drugs, considered to be substances with high potential for abuse and addiction. Local critics say the change will do little to stem misuse and will instead deny elderly patients relief from pain and possibly even fuel a black market for opioids. After previously rejecting a similar measure proposed by...

Funding for election campaigns

10/31/2013
The upcoming elections in West Marin have turned out to be a small affair, campaign finance disclosures released last week showed. None of the candidates running for seats on the Shoreline Unified School District or the Bolinas Community Public Utility District filed a statement for any donations or expenditures. The...

Drakes Bay friend briefs call impacts wide-reaching

10/31/2013
Eight legal briefs filed by oyster farm supporters to help Drakes Bay Oyster Company in its bid to convince a federal appeals court to reconsider an unfavorable September ruling raise questions about whether that decision could have troubling consequences not only for agriculture, but for the environment. In September, a...

Marin Sun Farms cooking to entice locals

10/31/2013
The curing room at Marin Sun Farms’s butcher shop is cool and precisely 60 percent humid. Pancetta, hanging on one side, is preserved about two and a half months, while soppressata links, hanging on the other side, require roughly a month. Dangling nearby are the less commonly known lonza, bresola...

Fukushima is here, but harmless, experts say

10/31/2013
On a recent Saturday morning, nearly 500 people sprawled out on towels and tarps on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. As a helicopter flew overhead, they first remained motionless, then took to their feet and started waving their hands wildly in the air. From ground level, the crowd didn’t look...

Valley stream regs get final okay

10/31/2013
A group of three supervisors passed a stream conservation ordinance—albeit an intermediate one—on Tuesday for unincorporated Marin outside the coastal zone, along with a yearlong program evaluating how development along temporary streams should be regulated. Homeowners in the San Geronimo Valley lauded the move, but the ordinance was protested by...

Open enrollment at Lagunitas

10/31/2013
The Lagunitas School District has opened enrollment for out-of-district parents who may now state their wish to transfer their child to any one of the district’s Montessori, Waldorf-Inspired, Open Classroom or Middle School programs in the 2014-2015 school year. The open enrollment period begins on Nov. 1 and closes on...

Electronic waste recycled at park

10/31/2013
Point Reyes National Seashore announced it is hosting an electronic waste recycling day next Friday, Nov. 15, in recognition of America Recycles Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public may bring the following items to the Bear Valley Visitor Center: all computers and related accessories and peripherals; cell...

Scoping starts on vegetation plan

10/31/2013
A new version of a draft vegetation and biodiversity management plan has the endorsement of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, and a 60-day public scoping period on the plan’s associated environmental impact report will start in the middle of November, said Linda Dahl, head of Marin County Parks and...

Seats uncontested in Tomales

10/24/2013
Two incumbents are campaigning to serve for a short, two-year post on the Tomales Village Community Service District board. Eric Knudsen is running against Sue Sims for the seat to which Ms. Sims was appointed to fill a vacancy. Mr. Knudsen, a chemist, reached the end of his four-year term,...

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