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October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Christie pledges $12 million to expand ‘Mommy & Me’ drug rehab programs to southern N.J. – nj.com

Speaking at a residential facility that allows new mothers in recovery to receive treatment for drug addiction without giving up custody of their young children, Gov. Chris Christie today announced he was designating $12 million in state funds to support such specialized care.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Editorial: The changing nature of drug abuse – Daily Iowan

Common street drugs such as meth and cocaine are no longer the main culprits. Prescription-drug abuse now rules as the No. 1 cause of overdose in the United States.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
‘It’s everybody’ — 2 families struggle with addiction – wtop.com

Trish Glowacki describes her son Charlie as having been a “typical teen.” But halfway through high school, she noticed a dramatic change in his behavior. Glowacki says her son wasn’t sleeping well; he was reclusive and alone in his room more than usual. His coloring was off, too, and his pupils were constricted. “It all started to change after sophomore year in high school,” Glowacki says.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
One Young Mother’s Battle With Opiate Addiction – Worcester Mag

When Worcester County resident Andrea Smith was 18 years old, her physician prescribed her Vicodin – an opiate pain pill – for fibromyalgia. She used Vicodin intermittently for the first two years. However, by the third year, she was using it on a regular basis.

DRUG REHAB – USA
#14Days: Moderation, a radical option in treating addiction – CBS News

Is it possible for people with alcohol use disorders to heal, resolve their drinking problems, and then safely continue to drink in moderation? It’s a controversial idea, but some experts say that for certain people in early stages of alcoholism, moderation management can be a solution.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Matt Prater: Rehab was ‘voluntary’ – ESPN

During his four-game suspension from the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, new Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater spent time at a rehabilitation facility for treatment for his alcohol addiction.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The shadow life of Jim Irsay – ESPN

KIMBERLY WUNDRUM’S friends passed by the lilacs and lilies and other flowers that she loved, but it was the blue orchids by her open casket, arranged in the shape of a horseshoe, that stopped some cold. Jim Irsay, the 55-year-old owner of the Indianapolis Colts, had sent the flowers, which was typical of the kind of thing he did.

MARIJUANA – USA
Pot should be legalized, sold like alcohol, says addiction centre – MacLeans

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.

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October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Can we talk drug treatment? ‘Obamacare’ Ky.’s best shot at beating scourge – Kentucky.com

For the first time, nonprofits and other providers will be able to afford to build treatment facilities, both residential and outpatient, knowing they will be reimbursed for the services. If the law is allowed to work as envisioned, Kentuckians who are ready to commit to treatment no longer will be consigned to a long waiting list that pretty much guarantees they’ll be using again before their names come up.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Buzz: Prescription drug abuse, deaths growing in U.S. – Press Connects

A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed more than 15 million people in the U.S. used prescription drugs outside of their original purpose.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Beware of prescription drug misuse, especially among senior citizens and teens – Times Leader

According to a recent report by the Medicine Abuse Project, one in six teens has used a prescription drug to get high or change his or her mood, and 44 percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs. That same organization reports that more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than car crashes – a tragic trend that’s increasingly driven by the abuse of prescription drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Realities of Prescription-Drug Addiction – WBKB11

It all started with a back injury in high–school when doctors prescribed pain relievers. At the time Jackie had been battling depression and coping with the loss of multiple family members, and opiates became a way to numb the emotional pain, but also a start to a dark path.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Will efforts to halt prescription drug abuse affect students? – USA Today

According to the Substance and Mental Health Services Association, nonmedical use of prescription drugs—with an 8.8% rate of past-year nonmedical use as of 2013—is the second most prevalent illicit drug use category among individuals from age 18 to 25, second only to marijuana.

MARIJUANA – USA
Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds – Telegraph

Research conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.

MARIJUANA – USA
Dr. Drew on marijuana: “It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction” – The Cannabist

“It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction,” said Drew Pinsky during a Colorado visit this week. “It affects the white matter of the brain, and for kids who start using marijuana when they are 12, or even younger, those bad consequences tend not to reverse.” Withdrawal, he said, can last at least two weeks and involve severe anxiety, sleeplessness and irritability.

ALCOHOL – USA
Could You Survive One Month Without Alcohol? Here’s How I Made It. – Huffington Post

Could I be one of the exploding numbers of Americans, unable to imagine a Friday night that didn’t include enough drinks to get a serious buzz? After finding it difficult to enjoy myself or relax without a drink, concerned that I might be leaning towards alcohol dependency, I challenged myself, 32 years after my first legal beer, to quit drinking alcohol for 30 consecutive days.

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October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon voluntarily checks into drug rehab program – NewsOK

The winding saga of Justin Blackmon’s personal battle with addiction seems to have recently taken a turn for the better. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver has checked himself into a voluntary drug rehab program.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Report: Chapman beginning drug rehab – Courier-Journal

Former Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman has started a substance-abuse treatment program at Louisville’s The Brook Hospital, according to a report by WDRB citing an unnamed source. Chapman is seeking help to end addiction to Suboxone,

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Unholy drug addicts in LDS Church culture – Standard

Trouble in the Temple: Utah, home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has the lowest rates of tobacco use and alcohol-related deaths in the nation. Yet, every year more people in Utah are dying from prescription drug overdoses than are dying in car accidents. In this episode, Lisa travels to Salt Lake City to discover how the hard hit LDS Church is battling an epidemic that is wreaking havoc on its faithful followers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose – WebMD

Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Panel in Paramus says changing behavior is key path to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse – North Jersey.com

Changing behavior and mind-set — and making sure that process continues — is crucial not only in helping drug- and alcohol addicts sustain their recovery, but also in talking about and preventing addiction from developing.

COCAINE – USA
Stevie Nicks: ‘Late actress’ tragic story inspired my rehab stint’ – Express

The Fleetwood Mac star admits her own lyrics made her realize that she was walking the same road as the 1920s star.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Woman recounts 100 days of meth addiction – Local News 8

As the Idaho Meth Project holds its “Givin’ Meth the Boot” event, an Idaho woman is speaking out about her addiction to meth. Cyn Reneau said she was addicted to meth for 100 days.

ALCOHOL – USA
Drug recommended to help cut drink dependence – BBC

A pill designed to reduce alcohol consumption among problem drinkers looks set to be made available to NHS patients in England and Wales.

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September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Preventing teen prescription drug abuse – 13 maz.com

Dallas Gay describes his grandson, Jeffrey, as energetic and friendly. While in high school, Jeffrey used prescription painkillers for recreational use, and rapidly became addicted. “Most everyone like myself, or Jeffrey’s parents, didn’t have any idea what it was about. That it was a progressive disease,” Gay explains. After struggling for years, Jeffrey died in 2012 at age 21.

MARIJUANA – USA
Drug rehab expert urges businesses to oppose marijuana legalization – Globe Gazette

“Businesses need to be proactive. You need to advocate your concerns to your legislators. You also need to be involved in community prevention discussions,” Pedelty, of Prairie Ridge in Mason City. If those concerns are shared, Pedelty said, then the legalization process might be slowed.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Good Teens Turned Drug Addicts – Huffington Post

The afternoon of her grandmother’s funeral, Brittany, 19, sat on the bed in what used to be her grandmother’s room, relieved to have finally snuck off after spending all day with her grieving family. In her trembling hands, she held a beaded plastic purse. Brittany knew it belonged to her younger cousin, but still she nervously reached inside, pulling out a $5 bill with her clammy fingers. Brittany was desperate. Yet, as desperate as she was, she couldn’t shake the feeling that stealing from a 6-year-old was a new low. How had she gotten here, she wondered—and what had she become?

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Seventeen-Year-Old Is Exposing The Scary Secrets Of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse – Huffington Post

Seventeen-year-old Cyrus Stowe saw a dangerous trend happening at his Dallas high school. His classmates were abusing prescription drugs and nobody was talking about it. So Cyrus decided to expose the problem by making a documentary.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease – New Old Age

I swear I don’t go looking for alarming news about benzodiazepines, drugs widely prescribed for insomnia and anxiety. But it shows up with some frequency, so, mindful of your fervidly held views on the subject, I am donning a hazmat suit to bring you the latest findings from the medical journal BMJ. They’re disturbing.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Former head of New York D.E.A. to talk prescription addiction in Oakland County – Mlive

PONTIAC, MI — After a judge noticed a rise in prescription drug-addicted youths appearing in her courtroom, officials in Oakland County have booked the former head of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Agency to give a series of talks next month.

ALCOHOL – USA
1 million hits for alcohol addiction video by victim’s brother – ITV

Henry Maybury from Shrewsbury lost his brother Tom, he died at the age of just 29. To pay tribute he put together a piece to sum up how his brother was feeling and what kind of impact drink was having not only on Tom, but also the rest of the family and his close friends.

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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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