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September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Off the Drugs, Onto the Cupcakes – NY Times

Rodney Zimmers was 21 years old and 135 pounds when he got off heroin and cocaine for good. Three years later, he was still drug free but had ballooned to 250.

HEROIN – USA
Eminem Rehab, Heroin Addiction HOAX! ‘MMLP2′ Rapper NOT ‘Quitting Music’ – MStarz

Rapper Eminem had a troubling addiction to prescription drugs several years ago. Now, the 41-year-old MMLP2 emcee is completely drug-free and healthy – so do NOT believe rumors that Shady recently checked into rehab for issues involving heroin. NOT true!

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Deaths Keep Rising: CDC – ABC News

Deaths from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2011, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999, there were 4,263 deaths linked to opioid drugs but, by 2011, the number had climbed to nearly 17,000, the researchers found, adding that it likely climbed even higher. “The numbers we’re seeing are definite underestimates.”

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
N.J. lawmakers say it’s time to treat drug addiction like the disease it is – NJ.com

Saying that New Jersey needs to change the way it treats a spiraling heroin and prescription drug epidemic, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today unveiled a package of 21 bills intended to treat addiction just like any other serious disease.

MARIJUANA – USA
Is Marijuana More Addictive Than Alcohol? – The Atlantic

So you’re considering a move to Colorado to live a lifestyle that includes the local (herbal) refreshments. But you don’t want to end up like some sort of burnout. You intend to maintain your weapons-grade professional trajectory, balancing it alongside a rigorous weekend mountain-biking regimen. You plan to toke, that is, in moderation. But how much is too much?

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Robin Thicke reveals wife left him over addiction – Zeenews

Robin Thicke’s several attempts to get wife Paula Patton back failed and now the singer has revealed that she ended their relationship because of his addiction. “Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews,” he said.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin: Mom struggles to help addicted daughter – Lohud

Every alert — every buzz, every ring — from Jayne Read’s phone brings a surge of dread. “I think it’s going to tell me my daughter is dead,” she said.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin Addict Beginning to See a Life ‘Without Drugs’ – NBC News

After two heroin overdoses and five relapses, Dan Gordenstein says he’s starting to experience times when “I don’t feel as though there’s no life without drugs.” Gordenstein’s mother, Debbie, was desperate to help her son, but when she found a rehab center for him, he threatened to run away. “My stomach sank,” she said, but her persistence paid off.

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September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Scott Disick suicide update: Won’t go to rehab despite drug overdose – Examiner

Scott Disick won’t go to rehab despite being hospitalized recently for an alleged suicide attempt by drug overdose. Disick’s pregnant girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian, desperately wants Disick to seek treatment for his longtime alcoholism, depression and drug problems.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Facing life after rehab – first group of Seychelles drug addicts back from volunteer rehab on Coetivy as the programme expands – Seychelles News Agency

After spending three months on Coetivy, one of the outlying islands in the Seychelles archipelago, away from the temptations of modern life in a bid to get clean, a group of drug addicts returned home yesterday vowing to start a new life free of drugs.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The White House’s Plan to Reform the War on Drugs – Vox

After decades of the war on drugs and little success to show for it, the federal government is looking to change its approach. The idea, as outlined in the new plan released by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is to shift from a focus on law enforcement to more rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs.

DRUG ADDICTION – GLOBAL
State Department official has spent career waging a global war on drug addiction – Washington Post

Thomas Browne went to Afghanistan to fight a war. His fight though was at the epicenter of the country’s heroin issue. As part of his work for the State Department, he was there to create drug treatment and prevention programs in a nation known as ground zero of poppy production.

DRUG ADDICTION AND REHAB – USA
How Modern Society Views Drug Use, Addiction and Rehabilitation Today – Economic Voice

It’s become blatantly obvious that criminalizing drug users does the individual, and society as a whole, little good, which also extends to the ‘war on drugs’ that’s notably failed to curb drug supply and created an even more horrific situation …

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Addiction and Passing Them to His Son – ABC News

For a time, it didn’t seem like Downey, who had been getting high since he was a kid, would be able to leave it alone. The actor’s drug use spiraled after he made it big in Hollywood. In 1996, police found heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as an unloaded .357 Magnum in his car when he was stopped for speeding. Then, Downey was famously found by his neighbors passed out in their 11-year-old son’s bed.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Millions of Young Adults Use Illegal Drugs, Alcohol Daily – IB Times

Fresh data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens and 17,868 used inhalants. Drinking was also prevalent among this age group. In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
U.S. to Allow Pharmacies to Take Back Unused Prescription Drugs – Wall Street Journal

Federal authorities will soon allow pharmacies and clinics to take back customers’ unused prescription drugs such as opioid painkillers in an effort to get addictive medications off the street. The change, to be issued in new Drug Enforcement Administration regulations effective next month, will address a long-standing complaint from people fighting opioid addiction that government rules make it difficult to safely dispose of unused pills.

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September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Sherrod Brown pushes bill to expand drug-addiction treatment – Dispatch

In the war against heroin raging in Marion County, Dr. Mark Piacentini doesn’t think he’s winning. “I’m alone, and I need help,” Piacentini said. “I have five people call a day (for treatment), and I have no room for them.” His small medical practice is barely touching the estimated 4,000 to 8,000 addicted people in Marion County who need treatment.

DRUG REHAB – USA
6 Counties Selected For Drug Court Pilot Project – The Chattanoogan

Addiction is the largest driving factor for crime in Tennessee and effective treatment is key to reducing drug-related offenses.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Calif. Bill Aims To Increase Access to Drug To Treat Opiate Overdoses – California Health Line

A bill (AB 1535) that would increase the availability of naloxone — a drug that commonly is used to reverse respiratory depression caused by overdosing on painkillers, such as morphine and oxycodone — is awaiting approval by Gov. Jerry Brown.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The percentage of Americans admitting to illicit drug use – Philly.com

Nearly 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Opinion: The ‘stop watching Cincinnati die’ challenge – Cincinnati.com

Alcoholism and addiction are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Please let that sink in. That number is just fatalities.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin: Forcing someone to break addiction – Lohud, The Journal News

What if someone you care about is in the grip of heroin addiction and, to your increasing concern, can’t break free? Of course, there are lots of options, lots of ways to help someone struggling with alcohol or drug dependency. But there’s something New Yorkers in that situation can’t do that people in Florida can: legally force him into treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Stanford addiction expert: It’s often a “subtle journey” from prescription-drug use to abuse – Scopeblog

Here are some frightening facts you might not know: Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990, with the majority of drug-related deaths caused by prescription drugs. And as of 2010, about 18 women in the U.S. die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose.

ALCOHOL – USA
The Role of Nutrition in Overcoming Alcohol Addiction – The Epoch Times

Studies have found that alcohol decreases absorption of vitamins and minerals, and decreases appetite, limiting the nutrients that can be obtained from food. A whole foods diet can help to replace lost nutrients.

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August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

DRUG REHAB – Japan
Former drug addict relieved to be alive – Japan Times

“Drugs were a daily part of my life,” he says. “It was probably like eating three times a day for some people. I didn’t like it. I wanted to quit every time I used drugs but I couldn’t.”

DRUG REHAB / HEROIN – USA
Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin’s Lure – NPR

The first time Jeremy Wurzburg left a heroin treatment program, he planned to begin Narcotics Anonymous and do all the right things to stay off drugs. But one week later, the skinny, pale young man was hanging out with a guy who was also in early recovery, experiencing what Wurzburg, now 21, has come to realize is a typical turning point for recovering addicts: two guys sitting casually in a car, poised to use drugs again.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHAB – USA
Celebrating recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

Kara Nelson is one of the people on Dumont’s case load. The 40-year-old mother of three spent more than half her life abusing drugs and alcohol before sobering up in 2011. “I never really had a drug of choice,” Nelson says. “Whatever you had I’ll take, whatever’s going to get me out of my right mind right now.”

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol tax urged to fund abstinence-based rehab – BBC

300,000 people in England are addicted to opiates and/or crack, 1.6 million are dependent on alcohol and one in seven children under the age of one lives with a substance-abusing parent. Drink and drug addicts should be treated in abstinence-based treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol, a think tank has urged.

MARIJUANA – USA
Bell: Suspension better teach Josh Gordon accountability – USA Today

Josh Gordon is one of the NFL’s best receivers, the only player in league history to post back-to-back 200-yard games. If you had him on your fantasy team, you’ll miss him. This is not about football. This is the reality: Without his life, there will be no football.

OPIATES – USA
Once-a-month shot that blocks high from opiates making inroads in Maine – Bangor Daily News

Men and women climbing out of the dark hole of opiate addiction visit a recovery center in Augusta once a month for an injection that prevents them from getting high.

ALCOHOL – USA
Study: Social media plays role in alcohol abuse – Channel 3000

An author of a UW study that looks at the connection between college drinking and social media sites, like Facebook, talks about the study’s findings on Live at Five.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Addiction Is an ‘Epidemic’ in the Church, Says Ex-Addict, Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank – Christian Post

Dove Award-nominated artist Joseph Habedank is on a mission to take on the “epidemic” of prescription drug addiction in the church with his personal testimony and his new album, “Welcome Home”. Habedank is an award-winning singer and songwriter who performed alongside American Idol Season 9′s “singing cop” Bryan Walker in the gospel group The Perrys. He is also a recovering prescription drug addict.

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August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Gospel Music Singer Reveals How He Overcame Dangerous Battle With Prescription Drug Addiction – The Blaze

“Welcome Home,” Habedank’s first solo album, comes a little more than a year after the singer checked himself into a treatment facility outside of Nashville, Tennessee, to combat his prescription drug dependence.

MARIJUANA – USA
Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Profits Before Safety? – Forbes

“It’s truly a shame that yet another state has allowed and is now peddling recreational marijuana,” said Janina Kean, substance abuse and addiction expert and President and CEO of High Watch Recovery Center. “Allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in Washington will only perpetuate drug use in the state and provide a gateway for our youth for doing more hardcore, illicit drugs such as heroin, which is currently plaguing the nation.”

ALCOHOL – USA
ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas checks into rehab for alcohol addiction while on vacation – NY Daily News

The ’20/20′ anchor checked into a rehab center on Saturday while on vacation. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry. I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Film Documents Teens Struggling with Prescription Drug Addiction – Cape and Islands

The Hungry Heart is a new documentary about treating prescription drug abuse in teens. The film looks intimately at the many challenges people face in recovering, and one doctor’s quest to help young Vermonter’s struggling with addiction.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS – USA
Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story – Kob

Botticelli, who began recovery after he was arrested for drunken driving in 1988, considers himself fortunate. “I wonder, as a lot of people do, if there were prescriptions drugs like that, and I had been prescribed prescription drugs during the height of my own addiction, what would have happened.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Access, Fun With Friends Lead Young Adults To Misuse, Not Peer Pressure – Medical Daily

As kids, the majority of us are told not to give in to peer pressure, as if our everyday lives at school are filled with kids shoving drugs in our faces. But a new study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), finds teens who tell others that using drugs is cool aren’t the ones driving prescription drug abuse among high school seniors and their older counterparts.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close – Washington Post

Surveys of people incarcerated for violent crimes indicate that about 40% had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses. Among those who had been drinking, average blood-alcohol levels were estimated to exceed three times the legal limit.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Protecting our infants act – News Democratic Leader

Researchers estimate that one baby every hour is now born nationwide dependent on drugs and suffering from withdrawal.

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August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

ALCOHOL / COCAINE – USA
Robin Williams’ life was punctuated by struggles with alcohol, cocaine – Los Angeles Times

Robin Williams’ public life had a quiet personal current running through it for decades: his struggles with cocaine and alcohol abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Many commonly prescribed drugs taken by older adults can raise risk of falls – Fox News

Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20 medications studied.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse is a complicated problem that ruins lives and careers – Baltimore Sun

While there are attempts being made to stem the growing problem of prescription drug addiction, many are shortsighted. For example, late last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the pain reliever OxyContin. The new drug combines a form of the opioid oxycodone with naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids that are injected.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS – USA
Weeks Before Passing, Robin Williams Talks About Addiction – CBS Local

Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday, has struggled with alcohol and other addictions for decades. A man who knew Williams from a support group describes the actor’s demeanor and how he reached out to him last month.

COCAINE – USA
Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio Downey charged with felony cocaine possession – New York Daily News

Robert Downey Jr.’s son has been charged with felony drug possession after a California cop allegedly saw him take a brazen hit from a cocaine pipe in broad daylight.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Indiana loses funds to treat thousands for drug addiction – Indianapolis Star

Indiana is about to lose funding for a program that since 2010 has helped 11,400 Hoosiers battle drug addiction. Access to Recovery, a federal grant that expires at the end of the year, has supported addiction treatment in 11 Indiana counties. The program focuses on those in poverty and in the criminal justice system, as well as military veterans.

COCAINE – USA
Family Heartbreak — Tatum O’Neal ‘Feels Responsible’ For Son’s Cocaine Addiction, Claims Source – RadarOnline

When Kevin McEnroe, the son of tennis legend John McEnroe and troubled actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested for alleged drug possession Tuesday night, the world was stunned — but not those close to him.

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August 6, 2014

August 7, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Mom charged under drug-addicted baby law going to rehab – WBIR-TV

A Monroe County woman will be the first in Tennessee to plead guilty to charges of giving birth to a baby who tested positive for meth.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
CDC to Provide Kentucky $1 Million to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse – WKU Public Radio

Kentucky has the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, and has recently seen a surge in the number of deaths related to heroin. Kentucky will receive over $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat prescription drug abuse.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Boot-camp drug rehab didn’t keep Walton man from reoffending, police say – Watershed post

A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a “boot camp” drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.

DRUG REHAB / COCAINE – USA
Dustin Johnson in Rehab? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com

Often referred to as a “gentleman’s game,” if tour players step out of line involving the likes of drugs and crime the player sticks out like a sore thumb. Professional golfer Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday, July 31st that he would be taking a break from golf for an indefinite period of time after testing positive for cocaine and receiving a 6-month ban from the PGA. Watch the video above to see an interview of Johnson with PGA Tour about his home life 6 months before the announcement.

DRUG TREATMENT – VIETNAM
Vietnam officials call community-based drug treatment a failure amid rising crime – Thanh Nien Daily

In the 15 months since Vietnam opened its first voluntary drug rehabilitation center, only six addicts have graduated from its three-month program; the other 75% dropped out.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – USA
Senate candidate unveils substance abuse policy agenda – Charleston Daily Mail

“Everywhere I go, I see the promise and possibility of West Virginia,” Tennant said. “But we can’t reach our full potential unless we invest in our greatest resource: our people. The drug abuse crisis does not discriminate — everyone in West Virginia knows someone who has been affected.”

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
How Obamacare Is Changing Addiction Treatment Coverage – The Huffington Post

Several of the most important aspects of the ACA for the world of addiction also finally roll out in 2014. The federal government, for example, released final regulations in November concerning the ACA’s requirements that mental health and substance abuse treatment receive equal footing with medical health care.

COCAINE / ALCOHOL – USA
Tallulah Willis ‘secretly enters rehab’ for ‘cocaine and alcohol abuse and mother Demi Moore “feels so much guilt” – Daily Mail

Tallulah Willis allegedly has checked herself into rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Bruce Willis allegedly threatened to cut Tallulah off financially if she didn’t change her ways, but her cocaine habit reportedly only worsened, especially after she moved from Los Angeles to New York City in June.

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July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
City Of Santa Clarita To Host Prescription Drug Symposium – KHTS Radio

Officials say prescription drug abuse claims more lives than heroin and cocaine combined, affecting families nationwide including the Santa Clarita Valley. City of Santa Clarita officials are planning to host the Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center in an effort to bring awareness to parents and teens about the dangers of prescription drug addiction.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Texas mom shares pain of losing son to synthetic drugs – KHOU

The number of people arrested for possessing synthetic drugs has skyrocketed in the last five years in Texas. One of the most recent examples happened in May when in a span of five days nearly 120 people in Austin and Dallas overdosed on a synthetic drug.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic – CNN

Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin.

COCAINE – UK
Addicted to cocaine at just 15: A seemingly ordinary teenager tells how she became hooked on Class A drugs and her parents had NO idea – Daily Mail

Karen Atkinson, 30, from Billericay, was 11 when she tried tobacco. By 13 she’d dabbled in cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. By the age of 15 was addicted to an array of drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
House OKs prescription-abuse bill – Rutland Herald

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan House bill aimed at tightening prescription drug delivery guidelines, co-sponsored by Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, easily passed out of the chamber Tuesday. “Prescription drug abuse is claiming lives all across this country,” Welch said in a statement. “Painkillers are falling into the wrong hands while delivery of these same drugs is being stalled to the patients (who) need them, including seniors and those battling cancer.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
PROJECT LAZARUS: Community unites to address prescription drug problems – Sanford Herald

The annual death rate from opioid overdose in Lee County rose from three in 2009 to seven in 2012. Those numbers may not seem high, but according to Fred Brason, founder of Project Lazarus, for every one death, there are 10 admissions into substance abuse treatment programs, 32 visits to emergency departments, 130 prescription pill abusers and 825 non-medical users of pain pills.

ALCOHOL – USA
Veterans Alcohol Problems May Be Linked to Stress on the Home Front – University Herald

Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School Public Health found that regardless of traumatic events experienced during deployment, returning National Guard soldiers were more likely to develop a drinking problem if faced with civilian life setbacks, including job loss, legal problems, divorce, and serious financial and legal problems – all commonplace in military families.

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim – The Guardian

A local authority in the north-west of England, which cannot be named for legal reasons, is seeking to demonstrate that the mother of a six-year-old girl born with foetal alcohol syndrome committed a crime under the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 by drinking during her pregnancy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Star Athelete Turned Heroin Addict Tells Oprah Her Story – The Fix

In a recent episode of “Oprah Prime,” a 20-year-old heroin addict named Claire detailed her struggle with addiction after excelling as a three-sport captain in high school and earning an athletic scholarship to college. “This was something I never saw coming,” Claire said to Winfrey. “I was a good kid. I had achieved everything my parents had hoped for me.”

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July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
ELLEN’S PORTIA IN BOOZE, DRUG & REHAB HELL – National Enquirer

ELLEN DeGENERES and wife PORTIA de ROSSI have been plunged into a booze and drug nightmare – as the talk show queen raced to save her companion’s life.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Prince William cops, after raids, arrange treatment for drug users, get some takers – Washington Post

In November, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department spoke with an alleged drug dealer after his arrest. In similar raids last week, the police urged dealers to enter drug treatment and offered to transport them directly to a treatment center.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ABUSE – USA
How to recognize alcohol, drug abuse – Fort du Lac Reporter

Treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse is effective, but few who need it have access to and receive care. Families can be devastated and children are at increased risk for their own addiction and mental health problems. How can you tell someone needs help?

ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Downtown rappelling event spotlights drug, alcohol addiction treatment – Tribune Review

Ciel Disilvio, 13, of Shadyside prepares to rappel down 26 floors at the Westin, Downtown, on Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014. More than 80 people took part in the event sponsored by Shatterproof, a new national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Some say prescription drug database would curb abuse; others ask at what cost? – fox4kc.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tracking drugs — who’s buying them and how often? It’s some information that would be readily available to pharmacies, for example, in order to curb prescription drug abuse if Missouri had a prescription drug monitoring database. However, some say it comes at too high of a price, the price of your privacy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Colts partnership to fight prescription drug abuse – WTHR.com

Indiana is one of the top 10 states for prescribing narcotics. It’s 17th in the U.S. for its drug overdose death rate. State leaders said the statistics are alarming. “We also have the highest rate of pharmacy robberies — number one in the country.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
EXCLUSIVE: Feds quietly investigating prescription drug abuse in NFL locker rooms – New York Daily News

The Drug Enforcement Administration has quietly launched an investigation into the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms. The DEA’s probe began after attorneys representing about 1,300 NFL retirees filed a lawsuit accusing the league of illegally handing out painkillers, sleeping pills and other drugs without informing players of the risks of health problems and addiction.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Poison in a Packet: “I knew at that point… I’m going to die.” – Part 1 – WNDU.com

One Elkhart woman tells Newscenter 16 she smoked a joint of synthetic marijuana for the first time and immediately felt the effects. She couldn’t go more than six hours without getting another fix. The drug made her so aggressive that she said she couldn’t drive down the road without feeling the urge to run people over.

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July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
U.S. Doctors Prescribe Opiate Painkillers at Twice the Rate of any other Country…and 500,000 Veterans are Dependent – AllGov

Doctors in the United States lead the world in prescribing opioid analgesics, or opiate pain relievers (OPR). U.S. physicians write 82.5 prescriptions for OPRs for every 100 persons in the country. Many of these OPRs in the United States are apparently being consumed by veterans.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
San Bernardino County Ordinance Aims to Stop Sale of Synthetic Drugs – NBC Southern California

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would give the sheriff’s department more authority to curb synthetic drug sales in the county. The new ordinance goes beyond the current California penal code, which limits its definition of synthetic drugs to five chemicals. Harper said that in reality, more than 60 chemicals in combination can go into the substances.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
CNY Head Shop Owner Sentenced for Selling Synthetic Drugs – TWC News

It was two years ago this month that a national crackdown on synthetic drugs took aim at local head shops. Tuesday, the man who owned one popular Central New York chain learned how long he’ll spend in federal prison for distributing the drugs.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Synthetic drugs sellers appear to continue dealing after federal indictments – fox2now.com

Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Tips for using painkillers safely – Lillie News

With so much talk about drug use in America, you may not realize that some of the most potentially dangerous drugs are sitting right in many home medicine cabinets. More people die daily from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Amber Valletta Reveals Her Drug and Alcohol Addiction – People Magazine

Valletta, 40, says she started looking for ways to get high since she was 8 years old because she was “uncomfortable being a human being.” “I sniffed markers, I sniffed glue, fingernail polish, anything that could give me a buzz,” she says.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Here’s Where Employers Can Draw The Line When It Comes To Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Mondaq News Alerts

Drug and alcohol addictions have laid waste to many a promising career and have even resulted in dire ramifications in the form of violent and sexually inappropriate conduct. But as a protected disability, the pitfalls of dealing with workplace addictions are many and employers must exercise caution. Generally, employers cannot wash their hands of the addicted employee but must accommodate his or her disability. But there are limits to their obligations.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone clinic lawsuits expose addiction struggle – The Tennessean

Trex Treatment Center holds that at least hundreds of drug addicts in East Tennessee — including women whose pregnancies contribute to a statewide epidemic of babies born drug-dependent — would benefit from a new methadone clinic. But state officials and judges have not been convinced such a clinic is the answer.

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