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Olivia Slagle


City & State

Don't let voter fatigue catch you in the ballot box today, Orange County

Ever heard of "choice fatigue?" Well, if you're a voter this season, you might be catching it. This year's ballot is packed with decisions to make, including the six constitutional amendments and 16 races in which candidates are running.  As voters parse through the issues, the danger of waning attention span means that fewer votes make a swing vote more impactful. Some also say that placing important issues at the end of the ballot rigs the vote in favor of whichever party wants a lack of scrutiny on the final items. But how much of this could actually sway the 2018 election?

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'A softer landing': Cannabis offers potential solution for opioid crisis

The U.S. opioid crisis has activists, doctors and lawmakers grappling for a solution that is affordable, accessible and, above all, effective. That's why a group of researchers and experts from UNC and across the country are considering what may seem like an unlikely treatment: marijuana.  At a time when marijuana is reaching broader swaths of legality, health care providers may start to see cannabis as a legitimate treatment option. However, it's still a drug, and one that doesn't have full clearance by the FDA.  But if it helps saves lives, does marijuana have a place in treating opioid abuse?

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