Screening News Update: FL Suing Drug Giants | Legal Weed Hits MA | Criminal Checks at PA Shelter
- Florida Sues Drugstore Chains
- Recreational Marijuana Now on Sale in Massachusetts
- Shelters Requiring Backgrounds Checks
Florida Sues Drugstore Chains
The State of Florida is suing Walgreens and CVS for allegedly over-selling opioid pain killers. According to state attorney general, Pam Bondi, these huge companies failed to take precautions to stop suspicious orders of opioids and dispensed unreasonable quantities of the drugs. The two drugstores are being added to a lawsuit that was filed last spring targeting companies that produce and distribute the drugs. According to the suit, Walgreens stores in the state have dispensed billions of doses over the last 12 years. CVS allegedly sold 700 million. When you see the number of pills sold in a state that has just 21 million residents, it’s easy to see why it raised a red flag. The complaint has a long list of wrongdoings from unfair trade practices to negligence and racketeering. A CVS spokesman says the lawsuit is meritless. Walgreens would not comment on the pending suit.
Recreational Marijuana Now on Sale in Massachusetts
More than two years after voters approved it, Massachusetts residents can now officially buy recreational marijuana. Sales began on November 20th, but only two stores are open in the entire state. Those stores are in Northampton, in the western part of the state, and Leicester, in middle of the state. The Northampton mayor and a disabled Iraq War veteran were chosen to be the symbolic first buyers. Shoppers will have to show a driver’s license or passport at the door to prove they are over 21. The first customers will also have to pay in cash, at least for a while.
Shelters Requiring Backgrounds Checks
City leaders in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how to help the homeless while protecting the people who live in the area. Neighbors near the cold-weather homeless shelter have been complaining about everything from panhandling to public urination. The City Council recently heard reports of trespassing, screaming all night, littering, loitering and even indecent exposure. This is the first shelter in the area to operate 7 nights a week; previously it rotated between several different churches. The consistency is a good thing for those in need, but leaders needed to find a way to ease the concerns of the people who live in the area. Their solution: anyone who wants to stay at the shelter must first present identification at the police department and undergo a criminal background check. If their check comes back clear, they will be giving a voucher that will allow them to stay in the shelter.