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April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment – Lohud.com

As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it — because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won’t pay for inpatient rehab.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – AUSTRALIA
Grant Hackett `proud` for having courage to seek treatment for drug addiction – Zee News

Former Australian swimmer Grant Hackett has said that he feels proud that he had the courage to seek treatment for a sleeping pill addiction.

DRUG REHAB – USA
GOP Gov. Rick Scott Raising Big Bucks With Founder of Abusive Drug Treatment Program – Mother Jones

This Thursday, a who’s who of Florida big shots will hold a private, $1,000-a-head fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection effort, led by a host committee that includes Mel Sembler, the founder of a notorious substance abuse rehab program that folded after allegations of extreme abuse were lodged against several of its facilities.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
How Did Zac Efron Really Break His Jaw? – Extra

A source told In Touch that after two stints in rehab, Zac is struggling more than ever, and that a drug binge was to blame for the injury.

MARIJUANA – USA
Every single demographic thinks alcohol is worse than weed for society – The Week Magazine

The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug — the harshest categorization — putting the plant right up there with heroin and LSD. It must be dangerous stuff, right? Not so, according to pretty much everyone outside the DEA. At least that’s the finding of a new Pew survey.

MARIJUANA – USA
Medical marijuana a dilemma for worker – NorthJersey.com

Charlie Davis was a lead clerk in NJ Transit’s procurement office last October when he began using medicinal marijuana to treat the pain from nerve damage associated with his end-stage renal disease. In December, because he had been bumped from his clerk’s job, he applied for a position in the agency’s railroad division and learned he would have to take a drug test.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Rock star talks to students – FH Times

Being a rock star comes with a certain set of expectations. Fans have expectations. The star has expectations. Society has expectations. Especially with a band like Megadeth. A heavy metal, hard-charging group which looks, well, like trouble to many. David Ellefson, a cofounder of the band and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, knows that kind of trouble, and he brought his story to Fountain Hills High School students.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Lindsay Lohan’s $150000 rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu ‘was complimentary’ – Daily Mail

It seems management at the centre, which boasts on its website it offers the ‘finest drug and alcohol addiction treatment anywhere in the world,’ decided the publicity from having the infamous hellraiser staying there offset the cost. An insider told Radar: ‘Health insurance wouldn’t pay for the rehab stint because this was her sixth time in treatment. Cliffside Malibu comped it.

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April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Mackenzie Phillips Is Now a Drug Rehab Counselor – People Magazine

Mackenzie Phillips breezes into the Pasadena Recovery Center through the staff entrance, settles into a chair at the front of the room and prepares to lead a counseling session for 30 or so addicts.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New drug policies applauded – Insurance News Net

Lisa Murphy missed Gov. Deval Patrick’s Thursday press conference announcing his aggressive plan to throw an arsenal of attention and $20 million toward combating opiate addiction. Murphy heard about the governor’s declaration from a member of Parents Supporting Parents, which Murphy founded in 2010 to help desperate parents like herself deal with their child’s drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Affluent and Addicted to Drugs on Wall Street – The Epoch Times

Hal* is a 29-year-old investment banker. As he tells it, his breakfast consists of coffee, a bagel along with two 30 milligram tablets of Oxycontin just to start the day. “I never thought I’d end up in this situation. Not me. I’ve always been a winner at everything I’ve put my hand to. But the wife is about to divorce me, and I know I’ll lose custody of the kids. I just can’t go on like this.”

HEROIN – USA
America’s Heroin Problem – SouthMilwaukeeNOW.com

She started buying the pills illicitly – often spending several hundred dollars a day. She stole to support her habit, but it wasn’t enough. Then her friend asked her: Why not try heroin, since it’s so much cheaper? Ana was shocked. Heroin, after all, was for “real” drug addicts.But by that time her dependence on the painkillers had become more than she could resist. She bought the heroin, snorting the powder at first. But within six days she was injecting herself with a needle – becoming the archetype of a classic heroin addict.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Being an addict doesn’t come without consequences – LimaOhio.com

Being an addict doesn’t come without consequences, including the stigma associated with addiction. One addict who wanted to share the hope that heroin isn’t all that’s important in the world, and that recovery is possible, wanted to remain anonymous. To honor his wish he will be referred to as George.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Parents given lowdown on a variety of drugs that threaten children – Harborcountry News

With the theme “What we don’t know could hurt our children,” the New Buffalo, Bridgman and River Valley school districts teamed up to sponsor a Parent Drug Awareness Night on Wednesday, March 19. “No community is safe or isolated from these issues,” said New Buffalo Middle School Principal William Welling. During the presentation, it was mentioned that all of the abuses covered in the talk were familiar to area teens.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Final Word: New painkiller controls a total joke – KTAR.com

Oxycontin abuse is estimated to kill 100,000 people per year world wide. It doesn’t even HAVE to be abused to kill, but it makes it easier.

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March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
JOHN F. KEENAN: With Zohydro, let’s not condemn another generation to addiction – The Patriot Ledger

Two years ago I wrote to the FDA, urging it not to approve Zohydro, a powerful, non-tamper-resistant prescription painkiller, but Zohydro was approved this past October. Now we need to take steps to prevent the over-prescribing of Zohydro and ensure that we are not condemned to the tragic past of prescription painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Final Word: New painkiller controls a total joke – KTAR.com

Oxycontin abuse is estimated to kill 100,000 people per year world wide. It doesn’t even HAVE to be abused to kill, but it makes it easier. America has a real problem with prescription painkillers. Looking at the health burden around the world, legal painkillers are a bigger problem than cocaine. It’s no surprise high-income nations that can afford to develop and prescribe such medicines, like Vicodin and Oxycontin, have the worst problem, with 20 times the abuse of poor nations.

HEROIN – USA
Louisiana committee OK’s doubling heroin mandatory minimums – The Times-Picayune

Since heroin is now easier to obtain, and cheaper, than drugs like oxycontin and oxycodone, addicts are turning to the illegal drug instead.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Addicted at 17, learning to start over at 21 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lauren Waldemar began a slide into addiction with one pill at a party. … At $75 to $80 for an 80-milligram pill, OxyContin was an expensive. Heroin was cheaper. It nearly killed her.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Marin parents who lost children to prescription drug abuse join new task force – Marin Independent Journal

Three members of Marin County’s new Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force know all too well how deadly the seemingly innocent bottles in the medicine chest can be. Britt Rosenmayr’s son Jason, overdosed on heroin on Sept. 18, 2010, two days before his 25th birthday, but Jason had been struggling for some time with an OxyContin addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Offspring of Parents with Drug, Alcohol Addiction Are More Likely To Have Arthritis – University Herald

The offspring of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to have arthritis, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Toronto found that adults who had at least one parent whose drug or alcohol use caused problems while under the age of 18 and still living at home are 58 percent more likely to have arthritis

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use – Huffington Post

It’s no secret that I’m outspoken about drug and alcohol use among young people. Being passionate about this issue can be tough. A friend recently posed an interesting question to me: “Why do you care?” she said. “Can’t you just let go of substance use issues and worry about something else?” It had been a long time since anyone had asked me that question, and I had to really think about it. Here is the best answer I can muster:

ALCOHOL – USA
‘I Would Die In Two Years’: David Cassidy Vows To Beat Alcohol Addiction After DUI Charge – Entertainmentwise

David Cassidy has opened up about his lengthy battle with alcohol addiction, claiming that it would have cost him his life in just a couple of years if he didn’t seek help for the problem which he says he is not “ashamed” of.

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March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Rehab Favored In Vt. Drug Cases – Valley News

Heroin-related crime has so overwhelmed Vermont’s courts and jails in recent years that lawmakers are poised to adopt sweeping standards for a statewide diversion program to get some offenders into drug treatment and out of the judicial system.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
FDA chief defends new pain drug despite worries about abuse – Chicago Tribune

The FDA’s approval of Zohydro has drawn a flood of criticism, including protests from the attorneys general of 28 states as well as dozens of groups representing doctors and addiction treatment specialists who are concerned that Zohydro will set off a wave of addiction similar to problems with the original form of OxyContin, another opioid.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bill Pushed To Stop Prescription Abusers – WNEP.com

Police in Lackawanna County say here and nationally, prescription drug use in on the rise and they tell us those drug users are the most difficult to catch.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse an all-too-familiar story – Indianapolis Star

Every 25 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from an overdose, and prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances after marijuana and alcohol.

ALCOHOL – Ireland
Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children – The Journal.ie

A case in which both parents had drug issues heard how the couple moved to Ireland after their older child was taken into care in another jurisdiction. The couple then fled Ireland when they had a second baby here and learned that this baby was also likely to be taken into care.

ALCOHOL – USA
Interview with country singer Marshall Dane: ‘Alcohol Abuse’ – Digital Journal.com

Country music singer Marshall Dane chatted about his newest single “Alcohol Abuse” and he opened up about the story behind the song.

ALCOHOL – Australia
Protecting unborn babies from alcohol-related harm – World Health Organization

Alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy can harm babies. It can also cause miscarriage, preterm birth, and stillbirth. If an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol it can be affected for life. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term for impairments of the growth and development of the brain and the central nervous system caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy

ALCOHOL – Australia
Why alcohol is ruining your brain – NEWS.com.au

Why can some people handle their liquor better than others?

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March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

DRUG REHAB –USA
Working Through Rehab: An Inside Look at Adolescent Drug Treatment – Diablo Magazine

Each year nearly 2 million people are placed in drug rehab settings across the United States. They are placed in hospital-based programs: in group homes, inpatient or intensive outpatient programs. As a therapist, when I speak to kids, which I have done for 20 years, I hear that “rehab” means residential treatment. For parents and teens, it is that sending away that most concerns them.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Loss of funding for drug treatment ‘beyond belief’ – KING5.com

With the shift to the Affordable Care Act, thousands of patients getting treatment for addiction to heroin, meth, cocaine, alcohol and other drugs under a combination of federal and state payments have been switched to Medicaid. Medicaid rates are far lower than the actual cost of the services.

MARIJUANA – USA
I’m a drug addict and I enjoy being high’: Top baseball prospect, 22, opens up about his battle with addiction and checking himself into rehab – Daily Mail

Jon Singleton, 22, from California, is considered the top first base prospect in baseball. He’s currently playing in the big league spring training games for the Houston Astros. After failing two drug tests, has opened up about his struggle with marijuana.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Trace Adkins: Out of Rehab and Back on Stage at the Opry – Music.yahoo

Adkins checked himself into rehab in mid-January after he fell off the wagon during a scheduled appearance on Country Cruising. According to an eyewitness report, he angrily confronted an impersonator who was doing karaoke on the cruise. Adkins subsequently bailed from the cruise after it docked in Jamaica, before his scheduled headlining performance.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
The government is right to crack down on prescription opioid abuse – Washington Post

SOMETIMES IT takes a celebrity’s death to galvanize attitudes about a drug epidemic that has already ruined, or ended, the lives of many lesser-knowns. So it was when University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose in 1986. So it may be with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman , whose death last month coincided with government statistics showing a rise in heroin use and overdose deaths among 15- to 34-year-olds.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Doctors form prescription drug abuse task force – Daily Local News

Describing prescription drug abuse as a growing “crisis” in Pennsylvania, members of the state medical community announced the formation of a multi-specialty physician panel to address the problem.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Sullivan near top of list statewide for prescription drug abuse – Mid-Hudson News

If you think escaping to the Catskills gets you away from big city drug problems, think again. Prescription drug abuse in Sullivan County measured on a per capita basis is topped by only two other counties. Substance abuse in general, nationwide and locally, is the number one killer of kids ages 10 to 19, even higher than guns or cars. Holden said parents need to recognize the easy-to-spot signs their children may be falling into the trap.

ALCOHOL – USA
Update On Binge Drinking Among College Students: From Bad To Worse – Forbes

This report importantly draws attention to the many serious consequences of binge drinking including blackouts, alcohol overdoses, motor vehicle accidents, poor academic performance, falls resulting in serious injuries, as well as the many lasting effects of sexual assaults (unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases), and even death.

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March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

ALCOHOL – USA
Our View: Trading jail for alcohol treatment could work – Jackson Sun

It’s time for Tennessee to try something new when it comes to dealing with drunken drivers, especially those who are multiple offenders. Members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference say they want to attack the problem of drunken driving by reducing jail time. No, that’s not a misprint. What the DAs want is to trade more jail time for alcohol treatment programs.

ALCOHOL – New Zealand
Massive rise in prisoner drug and alcohol treatment – Scoop.co.nz

“All prisoners are now screened for alcohol and drug problems when they enter prison, which allows staff to make appropriate decisions on the amount of support required. This means that every prisoner now undergoes screening for addictions, health, mental health and education when they enter a facility. The latest analysis shows that over half of the current prison muster has problems with drug and alcohol.

ALCOHOL – USA
Dennis Rodman: ‘Not an alcoholic’ – ESPN

Dennis Rodman checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center to re-evaluate his life, not give up drinking. “I needed to decompress from all the things I was going through,” Rodman said Friday by phone from Miami. “I was trying to get this game going and get everything going in North Korea.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – ZOHYDRO – USA
Meet Zohydro, the Drug People Are Afraid Will Be the New OxyContin – The Wire

If all goes accordingly, doctors will be able to prescribe Zohydro, an easily-crushable pain pill 10 times stronger than Vicodin, next month. What could go wrong? Pretty much everything. The potency of the drug combined with the United States’s inability to curb its prescription drug abuse epidemic has doctors and addiction specialists worried about the drug’s release into the market.

METHAMPHETAMINE – UK
How young women desperate to be slim are using crystal meth to control their weight – Daily Mail

Crystal methamphetamine, street name ice, is known for its terrible side effects – psychosis, paranoia, ‘meth mouth’ in which a user’s teeth decay and crack, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, and sores, which result from a user picking at their skin because they feel like bugs are crawling all over it. But it seems that for a large number of young women, one side effect makes all the others worth it – weight loss. An estimated 30 percent of female meth users take the ‘Breaking Bad drug’ or do not want to give it up because it helps them to lose weight.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – ZOHYDRO – USA
Concerns raised that new narcotic could be more potent, deadlier than OxyContin – Gainesville Sun

A powerful new painkiller in the hydrocodone family is raising concerns that it will be the latest abused prescription drug and that people will die from accidental overdoses. Zohydro, manufactured by Zogenix, is a sustained-release painkiller that is much more potent than existing hydrocodone drugs such as Vicodin and is intended to last much longer.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Killing Pain: Xanax Tops Charts – MedPage Today

The increasing use of Xanax and its generics has almost paralleled the use of opiates, said Michael Jann, a pharmacologist at the University of North Texas. Jann and his colleagues recently published a paper on the relationship between opioids and benzodiazepines, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that almost a third of opioid overdose deaths in 2010 also involved a benzodiazepine. Jann’s group cited evidence that Xanax was a big part of the problem.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Xanax sends 4 students to hospital – WFSB

One parent told Eyewitness News that she is concerned about the use of prescription drugs in a Connecticut high school and wants more done about the issue. Students are dealing with the death of one class member because of heroin while multiple students overdosed in the span of a couple of weeks.

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February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014

OXYCONTIN / HEROIN – USA
How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin – Huffington Post

When she was 18, Arielle would come home every day and embark on what she calls an “Easter egg hunt.” She wasn’t looking for candy. Arielle was hunting behind stairwells and inside closets in her suburban Long Island home for the OxyContin bottles her cousin brought home from work at a pharmacy and was hiding from her mother around the house. “I found them one day, and I wanted to try them because all of my friends were already hooked.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OEDEL: Laws of addiction – Macon Telegraph

The four biggest killer drugs in Georgia, at least outside Atlanta are, in order, alprazolam (Xanax), oxycodone (OxyContin), methadone and hydrocodone (Lortab). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Having tripled since 1990, drug overdoses now kill about as many Americans annually as car crashes. Because we’re not effectively registering deaths associated with drugged driving, our prescription drug problem is likely even deadlier than advertised.

HEROIN – USA
Naloxone, drug that combats heroin overdoses, unavailable to most New Hampshire Emergency Responders – Concord Monitor

More lives could be saved in New Hampshire if a drug that combats heroin overdoses was as widely available here as it is in other New England states. But the majority of the state’s 3,000 emergency medical technicians are at the basic level and are not allowed to deliver naloxone.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New pain pill’s approval: ‘Genuinely frightening’ – CNN

A coalition of more than 40 health care, consumer and addiction treatment groups is urging the Food and Drug Administration to revoke approval of the prescription drug Zohydro.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Killing Pain: Benzo ‘Boost’ Can Be Deadly – MedPage Today

Only Michael Moore knew the combination to the safe in his bedroom closet. He had locked up his prescriptions for chronic pain and insomnia so his two young children could not get into them. As it turned out, it was Moore, 49, who needed the protection.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Nebraska known for black-market prescription drugs – KETV Omaha

Pain pills, like Oxycontin and hydrocodone, are so addicting people will do anything to get them. “It got to the point where I was taking 12 a day,” said Krista Sevening. Sevening, a former nurse and mother of two, did that for four years — going from doctor to doctor and getting prescriptions to feed her addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Family shares daughter’s story of fatal drug addiction – Marietta Daily Journal

One year after she buried her 23-year-old daughter, Teresa Turner is ready to share her family’s story.
Blonde, outgoing and an accomplished athlete and student, Elizabeth Turner died from a heroin overdose Feb. 11, 2013, after years of struggling with a drug addiction. ‘Perfect’ daughter walked down wrong path.’

HEROIN – USA
Heroin victim’s mother looks to save others through legislation – Wicked Local Franklin

Anthony died at age 27 after being struck by a commuter rail train in Norwood while walking on the tracks on Sept. 11, 2013. It was just 23 minutes after he had been released from Norwood Hospital following his overdose on another train that same day. Months after his death his mother received a summons for Anthony Gilmore to appear in court on charges of trespassing and failure to pay his fare.

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February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014

HEROIN – USA
Jazz musician arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death wants rehab for ‘10-bag a day’ heroin habit – New York Daily News

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s alleged drug dealer connected to other celebs who overdosed. Robert Vineberg, 57, was arrested two days after the Oscar-winning actor was found dead from a suspected overdose. Vineberg’s lawyer filed court papers to say his client should go to a diversion program for his massive smack habit.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts who want help face insurance denials – USA TODAY

Medical professionals who evaluated him recommended an inpatient program — 10 days of around-the-clock care in a safe setting that offered medication, hot meals, counseling and coping skills to help him stay sober upon his release. The man had insurance coverage, but the insurer declined to pay unless he had first failed to stay clean in a less expensive outpatient program, a nine-month regimen of voluntary therapy and medication.

HEROIN – USA
Police carry special drug to reverse heroin overdoses – USA Today

“We’re not going to arrest our way out of this epidemic … we have to help people,” said police.

DRUG REHAB – USA
State officials see need for more addiction rehab – The Recorder

“We treat someone who has a cardiac problem due to a lifetime of unhealthy habits better than we treat someone who has an addiction problem, and it could have started from something as simple as a back surgery,” said Sen. Jen Flanagan.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Critics’ calls for tougher pain pills are resisted – Boston Globe

Critics say the drug industry needs to be forced to comply. “They’re not going to go anywhere that would affect their bottom line unless they get pushed that way,” said Representative William Keating of Bourne, prime sponsor of the House bill — Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills Act.

OPIATES – USA
Fear of drug abuse, addiction may hurt pain patients – Indianapolis Star

A primary-care physician recently said to me, “My partner doesn’t know what to do with his chronic pain patients. He doesn’t want to prescribe opiates any longer.” “Why not?” I asked. “Too much of a hassle with the new state opioid prescribing regulations. He wants your suggestions on options.” I responded by suggesting that he might consider taking care of the patients for his partner. “I don’t want to prescribe opiates either.”

COCAINE – SPAIN
Spain nets a ton of cocaine in floating backpacks – CNN

Spanish authorities went fishing for backpacks full of cocaine and netted nearly a ton of the drug after uncovering what they say was a sophisticated undersea smuggling operation.

COCAINE – USA
Cocaine Use May Spur Short-Term Rise in Stroke Risk – WebMD

(HealthDay News) — In the 24 hours after using cocaine, a young adult’s risk of a stroke increases almost sevenfold.

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February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

ALCOHOL / MARIJUANA / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Selena Gomez left rehab 4 weeks early: Drug and alcohol treatment cut short – Examiner.com

Selena Gomez left rehab four weeks early, against the advice of medical … with alcohol, marijuana and the prescription sleep drug Ambien.While her reps denied Gomez was addicted to drugs or alcohol, sources said she had grown dependent on pot, Ambien and booze and was heart-broken after her break-up from Justin Bieber.

ECSTASY – UK
Three arrested after boy, 16, takes ecstasy at rave and dies – The Guardian

Police investigating the death of a teenager who became ill after taking ecstasy at a party have arrested three men on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs, as his family warned: “It could happen to anyone.” The three, aged 18, 19 and 20, were arrested on Tuesday by Scotland Yard as the family of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs and others who knew him paid tribute to the 16-year-old from Croydon. “This was the first time he’d taken anything, and if it could happen to him it could happen to anyone,” said his father Tim. “We very much want to get that message across.”

METHAMPHETAMINE / CRACK – CANADA
Canadian rehab center installs crack pipe vending machine – New York Post

Maybe crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should head west. A drug treatment center in Vancouver, Canada has installed a crack pipe vending machine at its facility — going retail in an effort to reach hardcore addicts and keep them off the streets. The bright, polka-dotted machine dispenses crack pipes like candy or snacks

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Prescription Drugs Could Be Gateway to Heroin – NBCNews.com

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we’ve seen roughly a 20 percent increase in overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers since 2006,” the White House Office of National Drug control policy wrote in a blog post. “In 2010, there were over 16,000 drug poisoning deaths involving prescription painkillers. There were about 3,000 drug poisoning death involving heroin that same year.”Prescription drug abuse task force makes progress

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Doc: My state in addiction stranglehold – CNN

Heroin addiction is a metastatic cultural cancer. Crime, disease, suffering and death follow in its wake. Early this week, I worked on my addiction treatment center’s detoxification unit. I treated teenagers and young adults, pregnant women and medical professionals. I saw older pain patients who, having lost control over their prescriptions, began using intravenous heroin, very much to their shock. Many have developed hepatitis C and, for the first time in my state of Maine, I’ve begun to see an increase in HIV infections.

COCAINE / ECSTASY – USA
‘Nightline’ co-anchor Dan Harris reveals drug use sparked on-air panic attack – New York Daily News

“I was overtaken by a massive, irresistible blast of fear,” Harris, 42, wrote on the ABC News blog early Tuesday, “It felt like the world was ending. My heart was thumping. I was gasping for air. I had pretty much lost the ability to speak.” The TV journalism veteran came clean Tuesday about the abrupt meltdown in front of 5 million viewers as a fill-in news anchor on “Good Morning America,” when then-hosts Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson turned the cameras over to Harris for the start of the 7 a.m. newscast.

ECSTASY – AUSTRALIA
Record $18m haul of ecstasy-like chemical found hidden at Sans Souci in Sydney’s south – ABC Local

Police in Sydney say they have seized a record quantity of a chemical used to make a drug similar to ecstasy. Investigators say the 120 litres of PMMA oil seized could have made 480,000 pills, with an estimated street value of $18 million. PMMA is a closely related chemical to MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, and is often sold to unsuspecting users as ecstasy.

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February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
North Korea’s meth addiction could spell disaster for US – Central Florida Future

North Korea is experiencing a methamphetamine, or crystal meth, epidemic so large that the Los Angeles Times reports meth “is offered as casually as a cup of tea.” The fact that meth can be made conveniently in bathtubs, trailers and kitchens, according to the article, has led to its dangerously booming production.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Selena Gomez: Justin Bieber, drug and alcohol addiction drove me to rehab – Examiner.com

Selena Gomez spent two weeks in rehab in January to treat an addiction to alcohol, pot and the prescription sleep medication Ambien, TMZ reported. Gomez’s camp blamed Selena’s drug and alcohol addiction on her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, who was recently arrested for DUI. Sources said Bieber was a bad influence on Gomez and exposed her to his chaotic, drug-addled lifestyle.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
LI lacks drug treatment spots, expert tells Suffolk lawmakers – Newsday

Long Island is not equipped to offer treatment and detoxification to a growing number of heroin addicts, a drug and alcohol addiction expert told Suffolk County lawmakers Thursday. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, executive director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, testified that the region lacks drug treatment facilities and hospital beds for detoxing patients. “Getting someone into detox at this point in time is an exercise in futility,” executive director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, told the county Legislature’s Health Committee.

DRUG REHAB – USA
For vets, rehab rather than prison – MSNBC

Ronald Taucher, an Air Force veteran, was back in federal court last week. Unlike his past court appearances, however, when Taucher battled alcohol abuse and risked going to jail, now he was celebrating his graduation. Taucher completed a new program that offers veterans struggling with substance abuse a chance at rehabilitation rather than prison.

DRUG REHAB – USA
After Drug Rehab, Zac Efron Talks ‘Star Wars 7′ Casting with 2014 ‘RoboCop’s’ Gary Oldman? – Classicalite

Last year, Zac Efron shocked the galaxy when it was reported that he was in rehab for cocaine addiction. However, the actor might have his chance to make it up to the galaxy in the next Star Wars movie.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: Actor found in his New York City apartment with needle in arm after using heroin, sources say – New York Daily News

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment with a hypodermic needle stuck in his left arm and bags of heroin strewn about his home, law enforcement sources said. He was 46. The sources called the shocking death of Hoffman, who had struggled with addiction and reportedly did a 10-day rehab stint in May, an apparent overdose.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Stevie Nicks – Stevie Nicks regrets drug treatment – Contactmusic.com

Stevie Nicks doesn’t think she needed to take anti-anxiety medication Klonopin for eight years in a bid to prevent her relapse into cocaine addiction. Stevie Nicks ”lost eight years” of her life to prescription medication. She said: ”I was on Klonopin. It’s a tranquiliser. You’re tranquil. I stayed home in a really beautiful house, watched a lot of TV, and ordered from Jerry’s deli. I went from 125 up to 173 pounds. ”One day I woke up and said, ‘This doctor is insane. He’s a groupie who wanted to have me come in a couple times a month to talk about rock ‘n’ roll’. I learned a valuable lesson. Never trust doctors, ever. I called up my best friend and said come get me and take me to a hospital. I spent 45 days there and got over it.

DRUG REHAB – RUSSIA
Putin Orders Agency to Finalize Drug Addict Rehab Program – The Moscow Times

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Federal Drug Control Service to complete work as soon as possible on an interagency program for rehabilitating of drug addicts, the Kremlin said Monday. Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service, told Putin that his agency has held meetings in 30 regions with health care specialists, legal experts, community leaders and international specialists. The program has been approved by all of the relevant agencies and the only issue yet to be resolved is funding, Ivanov said.

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