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May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

DRUG / ALCOHOL REHAB – USA
Recovery high school to open in Worcester – Worcester Telegram

A vacant manufacturing building on Rockdale Street is being transformed into the region’s first specialized high school for recovering substance abusers, local officials revealed this week. The new Worcester recovery high school, which will be the fifth recovery high school in the state, is to open at the start of the next school year.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
From Old Rochester grad to opioid addict, the story of Jess Solimini’s Journey to Sobriety – South Coast Today

Her father and mother divorced when Jess was in fourth grade and she and her sister lived with their mother in Marion. Her dad was never around. “My dad struggled with addiction (alcoholism) his entire life. He was in and out of jail and detox,” she said.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opioid addiction among parents leads to more grandparents raising grandchildren – Boston Globe

An increasing number of retirement-age parents have found themselves raising grandchildren because of their own children’s drug addictions, most recently fueled by the growing opioid epidemic, which claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people last year in Massachusetts.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Neuroscientists Find Way To Control Pain With Light – International Business Times

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have found a new way that can activate the opioid receptors with light, instead of painkillers.

ALCOHOL – USA
Shaping Up: Exercise and love saves Montrealer from alcohol addiction – Montreal Gazette

Friedland was enjoying his usual tumbler of Southern Comfort when he decided to swing his 11-year-old daughter around. “I managed to do that successfully, without spilling a drop, but also managed to sprain her finger,” he said. “Oh, daddy,” she giggled. “You drink too much.” If that wasn’t enough, when he looked over and saw the tears in his wife’s eyes, it was the moment when he fully realized things had to change.

ALCOHOL – Global
Binge drinking youth a “major concern” – CBS News

Alcohol consumption in wealthy, developed countries has declined over the past two decades (a little) but dangerous binge drinking has increased among the young, according to a new study released Tuesday.

HEROIN / METHADONE – USA
Addiction expert: Prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone – ITV News

An expert on addiction has said that prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone. Professor Martin Schechter, who has long campaigned on the issue, said the drug substitute did not always prove to be effective while heroin treatments have been shown to get people clean as well as reduce harm, lower societal cost and make savings for the healthcare system.

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May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Our View: Changing the approach to addiction treatment – South Coast Today

It’s not very difficult for people to get a four- or five-day detox program or access outpatient treatment, but the inpatient “step-down” programs that are often necessary when a few days of detox is not a sufficient treatment are harder to come by. The result can become a revolving door to detox, with the addiction still not broken. This is a major flaw in the state’s treatment systems that must be addressed given the nature of the problem.

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Cost of Addiction Treatment in New Jersey – New Jersey Today

Should there be a cap on the cost of health and happiness? It’s an unfortunate truth that drug and alcohol addiction continues across the country. Most people are at least familiar with the concept of a 12-step program, a program developed to aid drug or alcohol addicts overcome their addiction. The 12-step program has been questioned in regards to the rising cost of addiction.

DRUG REHAB – USA
‘Recovery is work; work is recovery’ – The Newark Advocate

Research shows that successful addiction recovery requires other supports, including the purpose that can be found with employment.

DRUG REHAB – USA
The Recovery Diaries: Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Favored Over Punishment – Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

For drug or alcohol abusers who get cleaned up, success builds on success. Those who successfully complete treatment programs do better the longer they manage to stay clean. Two-thirds of those who manage to stay sober for one to three years will make it another year. Of those who make it five years, 86 percent make it another year.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Addiction curtails health of many Marion businesses – Marion Star

Ann was able to balance her addictions with her work life for 15 years. Sure, she often switched jobs, but like 70 percent of drug abusers in America, the 40-year-old kept finding somewhere to work.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Comings and Goings: Dress for Success opens in Rochester Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Democrat and Chronicle

A fashionista on the town is now putting her fashion sense to good use with the opening of Dress for Success at 47 State St. downtown, a not-for-profit that helps the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

COCAINE / ALCOHOL – USA
Study: How Does Brain Block Relapse in Cocaine, Alcohol Addiction? – Times of San Diego

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla announced Tuesday that they’ve received a pair of grants worth a total of $3.8 million to fund a five-year study of brain mechanisms that suppress relapses of cocaine and alcohol addiction.

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April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER? – NPR

When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn’t been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there. But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, the medical team can take action to rescue the patient.

HEROIN – USA
From heroin-fueled bank robber to family man — a story of recovery – CNN

Anthony Sideri hit rock bottom while wrapped in a dirty blanket on the floor of a jail infirmary bathroom in Middleton, Massachusetts. He was 25, shivering, sweating, throwing up and going through the full withdrawals of heroin. He had just robbed a bank after shooting up heroin all day.

ALCOHOL – USA
County turns to tech-based program to help battle DWI, alcohol addiction – Santa Fe New Mexican

Most people have an easier time staying sober if they face extreme legal consequences for indulging their addiction, “but we’re concerned with what happens when probation ends,” Hester said. Santa Fe County has a pretty good idea. Lupe Sanchez, the county’s DWI program coordinator, recently introduced the Right Turns program to 70 first-time offenders. The results show promise.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Inside The $35 Billion Addiction Treatment Industry – Forbes

The vast majority of addiction treatment is based either partially or entirely on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but is there scientific evidence to support AA as a clinical treatment? Should addiction treatment centers make enormous profits by simply funneling substance abusers into the free fellowship of AA?

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
State Shifts Way It Pays for Medicaid Mental-Health, Addiction Treatments – New Jersey Spotlight

New Jersey is changing the way that it pays for Medicaid mental-health and addiction treatment, with the goal of making payments more efficient and consistent. But providers want to make sure that they don’t see large funding cuts or cash-flow problems.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand – Post-Gazette

President Barack Obama’s health care law’s extension of insurance to more people — and its mandate that all plans cover treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, as well as the expansion of Medicaid in many states — is dramatically increasing the number of people able to afford medical treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction. What hasn’t increased is the number of specialists available to treat it.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
What I Learned About Leadership From Addiction Recovery – Huffington Post

After recently leaving my job after two decades, I have had time to reflect on my leadership journey. The recent loss of an important early mentor has focused that reflection on something unexpected — how much my recovery from addiction shaped my approach to leadership and social change. In fact, I’ve realized that those lessons are the cornerstone of my leadership.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Recovering addict pays forward support in southern Arizona – Tucson News Now

Laura Fetherston, a recovering addict, entered rehab at Sierra Tucson six years ago. At that time, she was abusing alcohol and narcotics. “I was really kind of just giving up on my life,” she said. “I had a lot of trauma and depression and all these things that were being perpetuated only made worse by my pattern of using.” Now she has a career in rehab and she recently passed the state board to become a licensed counselor.

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April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Dallas County DA Susan Hawk: I sought drug treatment – Dallas News

Dallas County’s new district attorney, Susan Hawk, acknowledged Friday that she sought treatment in late 2013 for using drugs prescribed for a bad back.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Breaking News: Ireland Baldwin Checks Into Malibu Rehab For Substance Abuse After ‘Partying Non-Stop’ – Radar Online

According to the source, Baldwin did not enter the facility willingly. “She came in kicking and screaming,” the source claims. Indeed, she posted a tweet earlier in the week revealing she would not be attending Coachella, with a crying face emoji.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Opiate overdoses fall after debut of abuse-resistant OxyContin – Fox News

In the two years after OxyContin was reformulated and Darvon was withdrawn in 2010, prescriptions and overdoses both decreased about 20 percent. But heroin overdoses, while rare, increased after 2010, the study found.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Study: How Does Brain Block Relapse in Cocaine, Alcohol Addiction? – Times of San Diego

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla announced Tuesday that they’ve received a pair of grants worth a total of $3.8 million to fund a five-year study of brain mechanisms that suppress relapses of cocaine and alcohol addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Campaign Looks to Combat Alcohol Addiction in Students – WBOC

“Drinking Hurts Thinking.” It’s a simple slogan. But health officials in Delaware are hopeful, it could save lives. The slogan is part of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Service’s newest campaign to combat alcohol addiction and binge drinking.

ALCOHOL – USA
When you’re an addict but serving alcohol is in your job description – Washington Post

Shaaren could no longer handle Scott’s excessive drinking and drug use. He had broken so many promises and she had grown so wary of him that she kept him in her sight as he slipped behind the bar to order their food. When she saw him pour himself a beer, she took Ara and quickly left the restaurant.

METHADONE – USA
Try alternative addiction treatments before taking away methadone – Bangor Daily News

There has been a lot of debate in recent months about replacing methadone treatment for opioid addiction with alternatives, such as Suboxone. In his proposed two-year budget, Gov. Paul LePage would end methadone treatment for MaineCare recipients to move them to Suboxone. Many treatment and health care providers warn that addiction treatment isn’t as simple as swapping one drug for another.

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April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
‘Teen Mom 2′ Star Leah Messer Calvert To Enter Rehab For Drug Abuse, Corey Simms To Seek Custody Of Twins: Report – International Business Times

“She’s confessed to Jeremy that she has a problem, and knows she has no other choice than to go to rehab immediately.” In the past, Messer, 22, was accused of nodding off during an episode of “TM2” and supposedly abused prescription pills.

DRUG REHAB – USA
ACA affects drug rehab funds: Federal health law causing San Mateo County centers to struggle with demand, resources – San Mateo Daily Journal

Although the Affordable Care Act implemented sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system that support treatment for those with drug and alcohol addiction, two San Mateo County rehabilitation centers are struggling to provide services as the new law had unintended consequences

DRUG REHAB – PUERTO RICO / USA
Puerto Rico exports its drug addicts to Chicago – WBEZ

Angel said that when he landed in Chicago he was met at the airport and taken to a place that definitely had no pool. That place didn’t have social workers or doctors. Instead, it was just a rundown building with other addicts trying to stay clean, sleeping on dirty mattresses on the floor, going cold turkey.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Sam Quinones outlines the path of addiction from painkiller to heroin – Los Angeles Times

More than half a million Americans a year now use heroin, and many of those users’ addictions began with pills like Oxycontin. “Dreamland” is the story of how the nation’s addiction epidemic was nurtured into crisis by pharmaceutical salespeople and doctors.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Soccer Mom’s Secret Heroin Addiction – The Daily Beast

After Candace broke her neck in a car accident, doctors prescribed OxyContin. When her insurance fell through, the single mother of two found something cheaper for the pain: heroin.

ALCOHOL – USA
3-star aims to prevent alcohol abuse with conversations – Marine Corps Times

For Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, the call to action came when he read a news report about 1st Lt. Matthew Davis, a California-based Marine, husband and father who was hit and killed by a drunk driver Nov. 7, 2014. The driver who hit him was allegedly another West Coast Marine who had gotten behind the wheel after an evening of drinking.

ALCOHOL – USA
John Dennis enters rehab for alcohol abuse – Larry Brown Sports

Longtime WEEI radio host John Dennis announced on Wednesday that he has checked into rehab for alcohol treatment and is taking a leave of absence from his duties with the “Dennis and Callahan” morning show.

ALCOHOL – USA
U.S. State Legislators Fear Palcohol Will Encourage Teen Alcohol Abuse – Regal Tribune

Powdered alcohol hasn’t even hit the shelves yet, but that hasn’t stopped its inventor to do everything in his power to avoid the efforts of banning the product.

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April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Drug Court, Carle to try heroin treatment pilot program – News-Gazette

Local medical, drug treatment and court officials are partnering on a pilot program to get the addiction treatment Vivitrol to selected heroin addicts sentenced to Champaign County drug court.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Ex-Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas Foye describes descent into drug addiction at Springfield opioid symposium – MassLive

Foye’s 20-minute address drew the only standing ovation of the day. In a fairly steady voice, he told a story of a most unlikely path to becoming an addict.

MARIJUANA – USA
Side Streets: Colorado Springs drug treatment center won’t have marijuana shop next door after all – Gazette

After declaring the U.S. attorney’s enforcement of drug-free school zones arbitrary and not based on law, the owner of several medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational pot shops statewide has abandoned a dispensary he was developing near Colorado College, walking away from it just weeks before it was scheduled to open.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Together4Utah discusses drug treatment programs in Utah – Good4Utah

On this Sunday’s episode of Together 4 Utah, Jim and Thomas continue the discussion about the drug addiction problem in the state of Utah. The two go in depth about what needs to change in the state when it comes treatment programs.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
More treatment, less jails: Incarcerating pregnant women for drug use is dangerous, not compassionate – Salon

North Carolina is considering jailing pregnant women for drug use. This isn’t just bad policy — it’s dangerous.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
‘In Our Own Backyard’: opioid crisis symposium in Springfield brings together law enforcement, medical professionals, government officials and addicts – MassLive

The growing heroin and opioid epidemic was enough to bring together top law enforcement officials, members of government and medical professionals from across the state to a symposium at the U.S. District Court on State Street.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Speakers tell their stories at Westmoreland County drug forum – TribLive

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that more Americans die every year from drug overdoses than from car accidents. About half are pharmaceutical overdoses.

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April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
RICK HOLMES: The walking dead – Halifax Wicked Local

If anything would scare people away from drugs, I said, it would be the death of a friend. “Are you kidding?” Philip said. “Back when I was selling, if someone I’d sold to died, I’d get 10 new customers. They figured I must have the good stuff.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Community Voices: Talk to your kids about dangers before it’s too late – Taunton Daily Gazette

My name is Dee. I am a mother, a volunteer and a caretaker. My family has always been a priority in my life; I have always believed that family is first. On Aug. 15, 2007, my world shattered and would never be the same again.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Families Against Narcotics organizing in Calhoun – Battle Creek Enquirer

Kristi Angelo, a Michigan State Police trooper who lost her son to an overdose is trying to save others. “People addicted to painkillers are everywhere. “It can be a person who lives in a castle or on the street or everyone in between.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
What makes a good drug rehab facility? Depends who you ask. – WITF News

How many people who check in and follow the treatment plan eventually get clean? You won’t find that on a state inspection report.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Watertown woman describes her battle against daughters addiction – Wicked Local Watertown

Just this year alone, Middlesex County has already reported 45 deaths from drug overdoses. The rising numbers, year over year, reflect an alarming trend, especially for Watertown resident Rhonda Lotti who lost one of her daughters to an overdose in 2011. Lotti is now helping her 25-year-old daughter through the same addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak – Maine Public Broadcasting

Hoping to reverse a steep increase in HIV infections in southern Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence has temporarily suspended state law and his own anti-drug policies to implement a short-term needle exchange program for addicts. Almost all of the HIV cases are connected to injection of the powerful painkiller Opana.

ALCOHOL – USA / AUSTRALIA
Pirates 5 on hold as Johnny Depp battles alcohol addiction – Courier Mail

Depp, 51, returned to Los Angeles on March 11 to undergo surgery on his right hand after injuring himself during what sources described as a “wild weekend bender” at motorcycle ace Mick Doohan’s luxurious Coomera property on March 7-8. Pirates 5 sources said worried family and Disney “big wigs” had gone to Depp’s home to push him into seeking help for his problems so he could return to the Coast and resume work on the film.

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March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug database bills add security protections – Sun Herald

Missouri lawmakers have tried and failed for more than a decade to join the rest of the country in creating a prescription drug monitoring program. All the while, state Rep. Holly Rehder watched her daughter’s addiction to painkillers deepen.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION- USA
We Thought He Would Die!’ The Dangerous Booze & Drug Binges Behind Scott Disick’s Rehab Stay Revealed – Radar Online

Scott Disick’s latest rehab stay came right on the heels of a very public party weekend in Atlantic City. But RadarOnline.com has learned that his boozy casino trip was just the latest in a series of dangerous drug and booze benders that left eyewitnesses worried he could die from his addiction.

HEROIN – USA
Recovering addicts urged to share their victories – Sun Herald

Heroin overdoses have claimed thousands of lives — 25 in Haverhill alone last year. Yet millions of people have succeeded in freeing themselves from addiction to heroin, other drugs and alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
WASTED YOUTH: Our ongoing coverage of the region’s drug epidemic – Patriot Ledger

An OxyContin and heroin epidemic that began several years ago continues to kill at an alarming rate. So far, several thousand have died across the state, including 3,200 from 2003-2007. But people are starting to fight back. Find out what you need to know to protect your family in our nationally recognized “Wasted Youth” coverage, which began in 2007.

ALCOHOL – USA
Jon Hamm treated for alcohol addiction – BBC News

Mad Men star Jon Hamm has recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his publicist has confirmed. The actor, who plays hard-drinking advertising executive Don Draper in the hit TV show, asked for “privacy and sensitivity” following the revelation.

ALCOHOL – USA
Dealing with alcohol addiction – Iowa Farmer Today

Dan denied to his wife, “Darla,” that he was drunk, even though she found him asleep as frequently as three evenings per week most anywhere in the house when she came home from her job shortly after 8:00 p.m. Their two young children were usually trying to make supper when Darla arrived home.

METHADONE – Ireland
3,300 heroin addicts on methadone for more than 10 years at a cost to Ireland’s public health system of €20M-a-year – Herald

More than 3,300 heroin addicts have been on a HSE sponsored methadone programme for 10 years or more.

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March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

DRUG REHAB – Costa Rica
What is iboga? Psychedelic drug Scott Disick will take at rehab isn’t cure-all for addiction, say experts – NY Daily News

Scott Disick is getting high to beat his addictions. The Costa Rican rehab that the 31-year-old reality star has called home since early this week specializes in treatment using the iboga plant, a hallucinatory African rainforest shrub.

ALCOHOL – USA
Liza Minnelli Checks Into Rehab Again For Alcohol Abuse – US Magazine

Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.

ALCOHOL – USA
The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous – The Atlantic

The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol: ‘a significant issue everywhere’ – Duke Chronicle

Initiatives to assist students in recovering from alcohol addiction are becoming increasingly common in universities throughout the country.

ALCOHOL – RUSSIA
Captive Russian Bears Suffer from Alcohol Addiction, Junk Food Diet – Outdoor Hub

Bears may not be picky eaters, but is hard to imagine one of the critters consuming enough junk food and alcohol to land itself in rehab. But a Russian court in February ordered the confiscation of two captive male bears living in Sochi after it was discovered that they were addicted to alcohol and had been living on a diet of junk food for years.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Los Angeles drug alcohol recovery publisher stigmatizes addiction – Examiner

The word stigma has been used frequently these days in a multitude of references ranging from mental health to addiction. This issue once again reared its ugly head yesterday for a South Florida alcohol, drug and mental health rehab owner that came under attack from – of all places – a publication that ironically supports people in addiction recovery.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn’t stop addicts – CBS News

Nearly five years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved an abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin from Purdue Pharma L.P. The newer version of the powerful drug has binders that make the drug difficult to crush for the purpose of snorting or using intravenously for a quick high. But it turns out that change hasn’t deterred drug abusers as effectively as officials might have hoped.

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12 March 2015

March 12, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Governor Candidate Pitches Drug Rehab Plan in Newport – The River City News

Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, currently running for Governor of Kentucky, was in Northern Kentucky on Wednesday where he made a major policy announcement at press conference in front of the Campbell County Detention Center Administration Building in Newport, concerning his proposed state program that he says will better address the influx of crime in the state related to heroin.

HEROIN – USA
Drug Treatment Demand in York County Limits Agency’s Ability to Help – Reading Eagle

The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission, which helps hundreds of people a year, has denied short-term, inpatient treatment — which lasts 14 to 28 days — to 24 people since July 1. During the 2013-14 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 22 patients were affected. The number of people being referred to the agency for inpatient care has almost doubled in less than five years, with one of the main drugs of choice being heroin.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Nick Gordon in Rehab After Admitting Drug Use and Threatening Suicide – Music Times

Nick Gordon chose to remain silent for the first few weeks after Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub. Investigators are still trying to piece together what was going on in the couple’s lives in the weeks, days and even hours leading up to her crisis. Whitney Houston’s 22-year-old daughter is still in a medically induced coma and her condition is pretty much the same as it was when she was first admitted five weeks ago.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Born addicted – Port Huron Times Herald

Danielle Kurtz had been through withdrawal before. The 29-year-old Port Huron woman knew about the tremors, the vomiting, the relapses. But the symptoms took on new meaning when she entered her son’s hospital room in early November.

HEROIN – USA
NH drug czar: Addiction dragging state’s economy down – The Union Leader

Though the death rate from drug overdoses in Philadelphia has held relatively steady since the late 1990s, the Pennsylvania suburban counties and all of South Jersey have had such sharp increases in body counts their rates have as much as tripled – putting many on a par with the city’s rate, and in some cases surpassing it.

DRUG REHAB – USA
The End of Long-Term Drug Rehab – East Bay Express

State and federal officials are expected to eliminate funding for long-term residential drug treatment programs as part of an overhaul of MediCal.

ALCOHOL – USA
Stephen Moyer Opens Up For 1st Time About Alcohol Addiction – ABC News

“True Blood” star Stephen Moyer opened up about his past bouts with addiction during a panel for Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, a treatment facility in Los Angeles. Moyer has been sober for 14 years and has worked with CLARE for more than five years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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