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Federal agents have seized 277 pounds of marijuana concealed in rail cars containing new Ford and Lincoln vehicles recently imported from Mexico. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday the marijuana was found a day earlier by employees at the Ford Rail Distribution Facility in the Detroit suburb of Woodhaven. Federal, state and local officials then searched 200 vehicles. No arrests have been made. 

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The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis. That's according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

The GOP health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults previously not eligible. Many young adults dealing with addiction are in that group.

Michigan detective sickened, office evacuated after testing Part of a sheriff's department office in Grand Rapids has been evacuated after a detective became ill during testing of suspected narcotics. The Kent County sheriff's department says standard testing was being conducted Tuesday morning on a white powdery substance when the detective had a possible drug reaction. A hazardous materials team responded, and the detective was taken to a hospital. The detective was given an opioid overdose reversal drug as a precaution.

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Local doctors are discussing the opioid epidemic and how to help solve the problem. We talk to Dr. Sandy Dettman and Dr. Keith Javery. 

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A Grand Rapids Chapter of FAN, Families Against Narcotics, launches this weekend.  Their a goal is to increase public awareness of addiction as a medical disease and changing the face of addiction so those affected can get the medical care they need. We speak to Secretary Mary DeBoer.

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A growing opioid problem has local, state and federal officials teaming up to talk solutions. 

Patrick Miles is the U.S. attorney for the western district of Michigan, and his office is part of collaboration efforts. He tells WGVU about local goals and why it’s important to view these issues through the lenses of public health and prevention.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says a fetus is not protected under the state’s child abuse law. 

The court ruled there is no specific mention of protecting a fetus in the Michigan statute. And it threw out the woman’s guilty plea, although she acknowledged using methamphetamine while pregnant.

Ed Rivet is with the anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan.

“This issue has created a conundrum for our movement for a very long time,” he says.

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We discuss Families Against Narcotics with their Vice President/Executive Director Phil Pavona. Phil joins us to talk about the need to start a chapter in West Michigan.

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If you want to call 911 to report an overdose, you could soon be able to do that without fear of prosecution for drug possession.

A new set of bills would expand the current “Good Samaritan” law.

Right now, the law only protects people under 21 – and only for prescription drug overdose.

The bills on their way to the governor’s desk would include anyone, no matter their age, and all controlled substances. State Representative Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) is one of the bills’ sponsors.

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Health officials say a deadly tranquilizer known to cause accidental overdose is likely circulating in west Michigan.

The drug is carfentanil. It’s a synthetic, more potent version of fentanyl.

Carfentanil is used primarily as a tranquilizer for large animals. It's illicitly sold or mixed with heroin, sometimes unknown to the buyer.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with local and state law enforcement and health agencies issued a warning about the drug on Monday following a possible case in Kent County.

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