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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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July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

MARIJUANA – USA
Cleveland Browns need to give Josh Gordon this choice: Rehab or release – The Plain Dealer

Gordon is keeping some very questionable company for a guy with a history of drug use — and doing so when his pro career is in major trouble for failing drug test.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Is Every American High on Prescription Painkillers? – UPTOWN Magazine

Doctors are prescribing painkillers to nearly every American, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A recent study found that health care providers in 2012 wrote enough prescriptions for every American adult to have a bottle of highly-addictive pills.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Study: Opioid Outpatient Treatment After Hospitalization Greatly Reduces Relapse – Digital Journal

Patients that begin treatment for heroin and opioid addiction during hospitalization that also receive outpatient treatment are 5x less likely to relapse, according to a recent report.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin and other opioids tied to 1 in 8 deaths in young adults, Ontario study shows – Yahoo Canada Shine

She lost her son, Peter Beattie, in 2001 when he was 25 after he became addicted to OxyContin that was originally prescribed for pain. He accidentally overdosed after mixing the opioid with psychiatric medications. “I as a mother was looking for street drugs. You don’t even think about prescriptions,” Kristy said.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Extent of US dependency on prescription drugs revealed: UN report shows 6% of American adults hooked on pills – Daily Mail

America’s painkiller epidemic has been laid bare in its most stark terms to date as a UN report reveals that U.S. citizens abuse more pills than any other country in the world. The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 shows that 6.1 per cent of American adults, aged between 15 and 64, abused prescribed pain opioids, such as codeine and oxycontin, in 2012.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Robin Williams Checks Into Rehab For Continued Sobriety – Huffington Post

Robin Williams admitted he once thought he could handle addiction on his own. “It’s not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he said in a 2006 interview. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.’”

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Robert Downey Jr.’s Son Arrested For Cocaine: Are Genetics To Blame? – Forbes

“Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” Robert Downey Jr. said in a statement released by his representatives. “Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being.”

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July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab – The Daily Beast

Noah Levine is a heavily tattooed, formerly incarcerated addict. Now sober, he’s trying to reform drug rehab through Buddhism and punk music.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
My Story: Going Cold Turkey – American News Report

As a female Army officer, helicopter pilot and endurance athlete, I thought I was mentally and physically tough. I earned 12 varsity letters in high school and ran triathlons for fun. I identified with anything athletic and active. After each failed surgery or pain management procedure, I desperately tried to stay positive but eventually lost hope.

DRUG REHAB – USA
CH resident hoping to establish drug rehabilitation program – Daily Mountain Eagle

“We have a drug problem in this town, and I am here to ask for help to start a drug rehabilitation program. I am in the process now of being certified for becoming a peer counselor specialist, and I’m willing to do the work to get the recovery in the town if I can just have the backing of the town.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction After New York Arrest – People Magazine

Shia LaBeouf is being treated for alcohol addiction after getting arrested at a Broadway show last week for acting disorderly and being verbally abusive. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Portia de Rossi hit by claims she ‘secretly checked into rehab for drug and alcohol treatment after row with Ellen DeGeneres’ – Daily Mail

‘Portia entered Passages Malibu rehab facility in early May for a 30-day treatment for drugs and alcohol,’ another source alleged to In Touch.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Why Are Some States Prescribing So Many Painkillers? – Forbes

Medical conditions involving pain may not vary much from state to state, but the frequency with which painkillers are prescribed does – and widely, a new CDC study finds. Alabama tops the list of painkiller prescriptions, with 143 prescriptions for every 100 people.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Valley drug deaths outpace past 2 years – Tribune-Review

Drug overdose deaths in the Alle-Kiski Valley are on pace to eclipse totals from the past two years. The Medical Examiner’s Office says the rate of deaths — 108 so far this year — is well on its way to equal or exceed the 278 drug deaths for all of 2013 unless something happens to stop the dying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates for every drug overdose death, there are 25 to 50 near misses.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Naloxone to be issued as part of Project DAWN – Logan Daily News

When someone becomes addicted to drugs, it often leaves family members in fear for their loved one’s life. Overdosing on opioids has become not only a realistic threat to some families but a harsh reality.

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June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Ex-addict, a poet, details drug journey – Boston Herald

I didn’t want to live anymore, said ex-addict, a poet, who details his drug journey. Matt Ganem is a self-described recovering OxyContin and heroin addict who has been clean for eight years.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Healthcare Advocates Want Schools to Screen for Drug and Alcohol Addiction – ideastream

Drug addiction is a top priority for Ohio lawmakers who continue to see a staggering amount of deadly overdoses. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a health advocacy group believes they have a way of stopping addiction at an early age.

ALCOHOL – USA
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

I didn’t know anything about alcohol addiction and thought I’d just go ‘cold-turkey’. I decided I would just lie in bed until the cravings passed. I didn’t realize just how dangerous detoxing from alcohol is.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Rob Kardashian Taking Sizzurp And Drugs As He Battles Weight Gain, Says New Report – International Business Times

A new report claims Rob Kardashian’s depression due to his weight has reached an all-time low, and the 27-year-old is taking drugs and pills. A friend says the reality TV star is taking everything from painkillers to sizzurp, a concoction of prescription-strength cough syrup and soda.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone is #1 cause of overdose in Elkhart County – WNDU

Methadone, like Oxycodone and Morphine is a legal opioid but it can be abused in a way to achieve heroin-like effects. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Methadone is involved in one third of all opioid pain reliever-related deaths (OPR), but accounts for only a small percentage of OPR prescriptions.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
28 arrests for synthetic drugs in 30 hours – KSDK

“It is a message to the fathers and mothers of our community and it is simply this: parents if you have your children suddenly displaying a new found interest in potpourri , incense or bath salts, check it out. Please do not be lulled into a false sense of security that these products are harmless because you can buy them at the gas station or convenience store. These products are terribly harmful and they can kill,” he added.

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June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Functioning addict who hid pill problem now a graduate of drug rehab – News Item

White picket fence syndrome, that’s partly what helped Stacy Huber keep secret her addiction to pain pills. A wife, a mother, a nurse – that’s who she was, but not all of who she was. She hid another part of herself away. She was also a drug addict.

HEROIN – USA
Across the US, an explosion of addiction – Cincinnati.com

When it comes to fighting a sharp and frightening influx of heroin, the Cincinnati area is not alone. In Burlington, Vermont, the police chief sees soccer moms hooked on heroin. In Knoxville, Tennessee, addicts desperate for help are waiting six months to get into treatment facilities.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin in Delaware: Cheap, pure, plentiful – The News Journal

In Delaware and around the country, heroin is in vogue again. It’s a deadly fad. In the last eight months, fatal overdoses from all drugs, including alcohol, have jumped from 12 to 15 a month. Heroin’s resurgence is to blame for the rising death count, state officials say. Some already had been through drug rehab before heroin killed them.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts left trapped; families, heartbroken – Mansfield News Journal

Desi Sandlin grew up 15 miles south of Cincinnati in Kentucky. She started experimenting with drugs at 14, progressing to pain pills. By 19, she was addicted to heroin. Her family spent a total eight years trying to find some way to get her off drugs. “The only way a heroin addict gets off heroin is when they die,” Kenny Sandlin told his daughter. His warning came true in September. Desi died from a heroin overdose at 22.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcoholism In Seniors Grossly Undetected, Undertreated – Benzinga

Elderly alcoholism, which was reported to have reached epidemic levels in the United States, is “underestimated, underidentified, underdiagnosed, and undertreated.” “The real issue – alcoholism or alcohol dependency – is overlooked and not treated properly and effectively,” National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. added that along with drug problems, alcoholism “is something few want to talk about, deal with, even treat.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Tim McGraw Opens Up About Past Drug And Alcohol Addictions – Huffington Post

“I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination. When your wife tells you it’s gone too far, that’s a big wake-up call. That, and realizing you’re gonna lose everything you have. Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Drug abuse institute warns legalized pot adds to tobacco, alcohol addiction crisis – Gant Daily

The health complication of marijuana use is addiction to the drug and making it legal will cause widespread use and more addicts.

ALCOHOL – UK
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

So where were we, oh yes….I was drinking 10 pints a day plus a bottle of vodka and my daughter had just given me the ultimatum of sober up or my time as nana to her children was over.

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June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Law would let families force addicts into drug treatment – Port Huron Times Herald

Mark and Carol Garofoli hold a portrait of their son Mark, who committed suicide while addicted to heroin. His parents had no legal authority to force him to get treatment.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Man in drug rehab returns $125K that dropped from Brink’s truck – Examiner

On May 29, Joe Cornell, a 52-year-old California man who lives at and works for the Salvation Army Fresno Adult Rehabilitation Center while going through his own drug rehab stint, found a bag loaded with $125,000 in cash that was mistakenly dropped from an armored truck transporting the money bags.

DRUG REHAB – USA
10 things rehab centers won’t tell you – Marketwatch

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates the relapse rate among drug addicts to be 40% to 60%. Some addiction experts say rehab centers are partly to blame. But addiction is a tough thing to treat.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin the new middle class, suburban addiction – The Patriot Ledger

The face of heroin addiction has radically changed. New research concludes that over the last 50 years, heroin use has changed from an inner-city problem to one that involves primarily white men and women in their late 20s living outside large urban areas.

ALCOHOL – USA
The cost of not confronting our problems: conversations about Alaska alcohol abuse, DUI issues is overdue – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The death of Healy resident Gitte Stryhn as she biked to work early Thursday morning wasn’t the first tragedy of its type, and it won’t be the last. But it should prompt residents of Alaska and the Interior to take action and begin a conversation in earnest that is long overdue: the toll that drinking, and driving while intoxicated in particular, takes on our communities.

HEROIN – USA
Recovering heroin addict: ‘People are starting to listen’ – Appleton Post Crescent

He talks about his teenage years in which regular marijuana use led to OxyContin abuse and, later, heroin addiction; the father who, after 10 years of sobriety, died with a needle in his arm; and the drug store robberies for which Darby went to prison.

OXYCONTIN – USA
Reaching for HOPE from rock bottom – Kingsport Times News

An unhappy marriage started Benfield on a path a lot of Americans take — addiction. It started innocently enough. She would party with friends and maybe do a pill here or there. By 1998, the innocent partying had turned into a full-blown OxyContin addiction.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
30 Famous Actors and Actresses Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism – Drug Abuse.com

This is just the start of a very long list. Some made it out alive, and some didn’t.

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June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Former addict Robert Downey Jr. ‘producing Showtime drama centered on a Venice Beach drug rehab’ – Daily Mail

‘When someone says, “I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?” Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.’

DRUG REHAB – USA
Hotel founder Chatwal beats drug-trafficking case after a year of rehab – New York Post

“Vikram earnestly strove, this past year, to address addiction issues.” Chatwal should consider himself lucky because he was facing a lengthy prison term. “If he had been convicted on the charges, he could have done over 20 years.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pharmacist: Rehab turning Vermonters into permanent drug addicts – Watchdog.org

Pharmacists on the front lines of Vermont’s war on opioids say the state’s embrace of buprenorphine is setting people up for a lifetime of drug dependency. “I’ve never seen anybody go off Suboxone,” Jack Ruggles, a Derby Line pharmacist, told Vermont Watchdog.

DRUG ADDICTION / REHAB – USA
A reformed user, now 16 years sober and receiving her master’s degree, shows the road to graduation can be long – New York Daily News

Antoinette Miller starting smoking at 12 and sniffing cocaine at 13. She worked the streets as a teenager and didn’t sober up until her 40s. Now, she is taking the long walk for her master’s degree.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
City of Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing – Boston.com

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive. The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court states the city has paid nearly $9.5 million for filling opioid prescriptions since 2007.

OPIATES – USA
Sports injuries can lead to opiate addiction – My FOX New York

Heroin abuse is an epidemic. Officials say the addiction often starts with prescription pain pills and escalates from there. One group especially vulnerable to getting hooked is high school athletes. Fox 5 spoke with two young men who say their sports injuries led to addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Medicaid Expansion Helps California’s Heroin Addicts Get Treatment – Breitbart News Network

The use of heroin is up in California and around the country. The resurgence in the use of heroin is being attributed to a previous surge in the use of Oxycontin and Vicodin. Those who signed up for Medi-Cal, California’s expanded Medicaid program for the poor, are able to get free methadone treatment.

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May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
California Counties Sue Drugmakers Over Painkiller Abuse – Businessweek

The FDA first approved OxyContin in 1995. The agency has made several changes to the label warnings on opioid painkillers over the years. But deaths involving prescription painkillers more than tripled in the first decade of the 21st century. The California case seeks to pin the blame for that rise on drug companies.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – Europe
Drug experts issue warning over ‘chem-sex’ parties – The Guardian

The emergence of “chem-sex” parties where gay men inject illicit synthetic drugs before engaging in “risky sexual practices” in London and other European cities has triggered a public health warning from drug experts.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Man behind ‘OxyContin plague’ sentenced to 14 years in Ohio pill mill case – Hudson Hub-Times

A judge sentenced the operator of several Ohio pill mills to 14 years in prison on Wednesday, calling him a parasite who fed the prescription drug addictions of hundreds of people for profit and contributed to an “OxyContin plague.”

ALCOHOL – WORLD
The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol – Times Higher Education

I grew up with an alcoholic parent and understand the devastating effects it can have on both sufferers and their families. But I had never considered viewing alcoholism as an evolutionary problem. I thought that all addictions were much alike. But there’s more to addiction to alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
As black-market prices for OxyContin soar, local youth turn to heroin for the same high – Monterey County Weekly

At first glance, a street user’s stash of black-tar heroin doesn’t seem remotely sinister – just a little clump of something like a moldy sandwich remnant in a crumpled plastic baggie. But these thumbprint-sized clumps are potent and devastating. And they’re increasingly common.

HEROIN – USA
On Heroin: More Users White And Suburban Than Ever Before – Forbes

Four years ago, the makers of OxyContin changed the formulation so that it would be more difficult to abuse. It became less crushable and less dissolvable, so users would have more trouble snorting or injecting it. Some people predicted that this change would simply push OxyContin abusers to go for more accessible drugs – like heroin. And they were absolutely right.

ALCOHOL – UK
ChildLine calls on parents’ drug and alcohol abuse rise – BBC News

The number of children calling ChildLine to confide about their parents’ drinking and drug abuse has doubled in the past year. Most of the children contacting the service were between the ages of 12 and 15, but a substantial minority were still at primary school.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin: Because It’s Cheaper And Easier To Get Than Prescription Painkillers – Science 2.0

It was once a gateway drug among urban populations but now it is an end-drug predominantly used by white men and women in their late 20s living outside large urban areas who were first introduced to opioids through prescription drugs like OxyContin, Percocet or Vicodin, and only switched to heroin when their prescription drug habits get too expensive.

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May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Older Americans hooked on Rx: ‘I was a zombie’ – USA TODAY

Hundreds of thousands of the nation’s seniors are misusing prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, anxiety medications and other pharmaceuticals, for everything from joint pain to depression.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Blondie in tune with Hoffman pal seeking drug addiction treatment – New York Daily News

Singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein are backing a bid by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s jazz musician pal to get treatment for drug addiction instead of prison time, court papers filed Tuesday reveal. The duo penned a letter in support of Robert Vineberg, who is facing a felony rap for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

ALCOHOL – WORLDWIDE
The Heaviest Drinking Countries in the World – Detroit Free Press

Alcohol contributed to some 3.3 million deaths as of 2012. In some countries, consumption, and the resultant health problems attached to drinking, were worse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Counties sue narcotics makers, alleging ‘campaign of deception’ – Los Angeles Times

Two California counties sued five of the world’s largest narcotics manufacturers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of causing the nation’s prescription drug epidemic by waging a “campaign of deception” aimed at boosting sales of potent painkillers such as OxyContin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Addiction expert says launch of Zohydro was irresponsible – Boston Business Journal

Gov. Deval Patrick, who last month tried unsuccessfully to ban zohydro outright, has seen to it that the state’s boards overseeing the registration of physicians and dentists require any doctor who wants to prescribe Zohydro to submit a “letter of medical necessity.”

HEROIN – USA
New York Is a Hub in a Surging Heroin Trade – New York Times

The flood of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, alarming law enforcement officials who say that bigger players are now entering the market to sell the drug here and to feed a growing appetite along the East Coast.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New Prescription Drug Sparking Fears Of Abuse – NBC

A prescription drug about to hit drugstores nationwide has lawmakers, doctors and police worried about its potential for abuse, despite the FDA’s seal of approval.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Science’s Latest Efforts To Make Addiction-Proof Painkillers – Popular Science

Popular Science asked this question one year ago. For hundreds of years, people have been trying to figure out how to get pain relief without the high from opioids such as OxyContin and its chemical cousins, including Vicodin, Percocet, morphine and heroin, which was originally created as a painkiller.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol Kills 1 Person Every 10 Seconds, Report Says – TIME

Dangerous alcohol consumption was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012, according to a new World Health Organization report Monday. Harmful alcohol use not only leads to addiction, but it can put people at a higher risk of over 200 disorders like tuberculosis and pneumonia. This actually translates into one death every 10 seconds.

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May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014

DRUG ADDICTION – IRAN
Women addicted to drugs in Iran begin seeking treatment despite taboo – Washington Post

On the western outskirts of this city, in an industrial neighborhood of factories and dusty half-constructed lots, a metal-walled building houses women with a secret. They are female drug addicts, a growing class of people with a habit so taboo in this traditional Islamic society that some Iranians believe they deserve death.

ALCOHOL – WORLDWIDE
Alcohol deaths on the rise worldwide – CBS News

Approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012 were the result of alcohol consumption, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Miley Cyrus Drug Rehab and Hospital Stay News: Singer Dispels Rumors that She Overdosed, Goes on Marijuana Rant – Latin Post

Given Cyrus’ very public marijuana use and high partying life style, critics have speculated whether it was drugs rather than an allergy that landed her in the hospital.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drugs led to heroin habit, addict says – The Denver Channel

A pill bottle sits on a medicine cabinet shelf. The prescription pain pills inside are leftover from a family member’s dental procedure. Slowly, a couple Vicodin pills disappear. No one questions what happened to the bottle or the pills inside. The painkillers were shelved away, forgotten about.

DRUG REHAB – CANADA
Saskatoon mom takes drug rehab petition to Legislature – CBC

Two years ago, Carla Fenton-Katchmar’s 16-year-old daughter, Chantaey, died of a drug overdose. Now she is pushing for parents to have more power to keep teens in rehab.

HEROIN – USA
Drug courts offer rehab alternative as heroin abuse surges – North Country Public Radio

As the use of heroin surges, many people arrested for drug-related crimes are ending up in drug court. It’s one of the so-called ‘problem solving courts’ that have emerged in recent years. And they rely on the discrimination and skill of a judge.

ALCOHOL – USA
Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds – New York Times

The medications, naltrexone and acamprosate, reduce cravings for alcohol by fine-tuning the brain’s chemical reward system. They have been approved for treating alcoholism for over a decade. But questions about their efficacy and a lack of awareness among doctors have resulted in the drugs’ being underused.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction: Rachel’s Story – PA Home Page

Rachael Hare tumbled into the dark world of addiction, fought her way out, and now shares her story of how the choice to take one pill changed her world. She said, “I never thought that I would be the person that would end up going on the drug progression and being on heroin. I never thought that.”

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