Climate change: a tourist trap

By JACK NISSEN Capital News Service LANSING — In 2015, Crystal Mountain Lodge in Thompsonville was saved by an unlikely rescuer: summer. For the first time, strong summer business bailed out the Northern Michigan ski resort due to the previous … Continue reading →

What to expect from climate change

By JACK NISSEN & KAREN HOPPER USHER Capital News Service LANSING — The planet got hot, fast. Each of the last three years set records in terms of mean global temperature over the past 150 years. On average, the Great … Continue reading →
Ramie Taher, an American Syrian and member of the Muslim Students’ Association at Michigan State University

Trump travel ban creates uncertainty for Muslim students

When President Trump signed an executive order in January attempting to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Muslim students on college campuses — including at Michigan State University — responded with protests. Federal courts blocked the order, along with another signed in March. But Trump’s efforts have created uncertainty for some students.

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Michigan cracks down on prescription drug overdose with updated monitoring system

About eighteen thousand people die every year because of prescription drug overdose but with Michigan’s improved way to keep track of patients prescriptions it is predicted for overdose and abuse to decline. “Maps is the collection of controlled medication that patients get  the state collects them in a file  so that a doctor or pharmacist can see how much did they get when they got it,” said pharmacist from Knight Drugs Polly Cove. 

Maps helps to make sure patients aren’t taking too much of one medication, duplicating medications or seeing more than one doctor and having them not know about each other. Drugs that are painkillers like morphine and oxycodone are usually what doctors and pharmacists check for when using the MAPS system. 

“Sometimes as a pharmacist my job ends up being drug police,” said Cove. “I have to be the tattle tale that has to call and let the doctor know that the patient is not being straightforward.” The maps collection system has been around for 10 years, but the new system is much faster. What used to take up to 5 minutes now can be seen in the instant click of a button.