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  • An Alternative To Methadone

    Legislation may give hope, help to addicts
      A bill signed into law by President Bush last week has rescinded the cap on how many opiate-addicted patients a clinic can treat with medication containing the chemical buprenorphine. While the immediate effects of the law in the Boise area are slight, local doctors and advocates say the potential for change has them feeling hopeful.
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  • Popping the Balloon

    With the pushers in jail and the community aware that children are doing heroin, what comes next for local addicts?
      By the time most Boiseans were sitting down to carve their Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings, Jack Barsness' body was getting cold in a house at the intersection of 18th and Bannock. When police arrived around 3 o'clock that afternoon, he was DOA from overdosing on an injection of a speedball--a combination of heroin and cocaine. Arriving in Boise around 4 a.m. after an all night road trip, he had returned from Seattle to help his mother Charlotte move and to visit old friends.
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