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December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Cumberland County takes on heroin-painkiller crisis, overdose deaths – PennLive

Cumberland County is the latest midstate community to launch a large-scale effort against painkiller and heroin addiction, which has emerged as a crisis locally and all over Pennsylvania.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug addicts need to be treated, not judged – Cincinnati.com

I am writing in regard to two letters to the editor written in response to Tom Synan’s column “Why care about another addict?”

HEROIN – USA
Mass. Group Helps Families Survive Heroin Epidemic – CBS Local

“I’m sure as soon as he started OxyContin, he was a goner,” Kenny said. … after trying repeatedly to handle their child’s addiction on their own.

MARIJUANA – USA
Synthetic Marijuana Is Hazardous, Toxic And Deadly – Live Trading News

Synthetic Marijuana, unlike orfanic Marijuana, can cause a variety of symptoms, which can be severe: Agitation, vomiting, hallucination, paranoia, tremor, seizure, tachycardia, hypokalemia, chest pain, cardiac problems, stroke, kidney damage, acute psychosis, brain damage, and death.

MARIJUANA – USA
Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana – LA Times

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so/

ALCOHOL – UK
Researchers find gene network that predicts alcohol abuse – Daily Texan Online

“At the beginning of our study, we sought out to characterize changes in gene expressions of alcoholics in comparison to non-alcoholics,” Farris said. “These changes in gene expression may be due to alcohol and other factors — not just inherited genetic factors. Our approach was able to identify a co-expressed gene network associated with the lifetime consumption of alcohol.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Smoking complicates treatment of alcohol abuse, study shows – Buffalo News

Cigarettes and alcohol seem to go together, so much so that alcoholism is far more common in smokers than in nonsmokers. Now, a new study by Buffalo researchers shows that a relationship may exist in another important way. Researchers have found that smoking can interfere with the treatment of alcohol abuse.

HEROIN – OPIATES – USA
Expanding Narcan use from police to public in N.J. – Overdose training for family of heroin addicts – NJ.com

Registered nurse Babette Richter explains how to use Narcan (also known as Naloxone) as The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation hosts its first heroin overdose prevention training program at Summit Behavioral Health in West Windsor on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. The training session was held to educate parents and friends of opiate drug users on how to administer Naloxone to anyone.

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December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pain relief for vets doesn’t have to lead to deadly prescription drug addiction – SacBee

The epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States has become rampant and deadly. Unfortunately, those who have served our nation are disproportionately prone to abusing powerful narcotics that have been prescribed for combat injuries.

ALCOHOL – UK / GLOBAL
Ken Buchanan ‘battling alcohol addiction’ – Scotsman

FORMER world champion boxer Ken Buchanan is reportedly battling alcohol addiction in hospital. Buchanan, 69, is said to have been admitted to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital after being found slumped on a bench in a park. And a friend of the boxing legend today said he fears Buchanan may never leave hospital.

METHADONE – USA
INVESTIGATION: Does Methadone Work to Stop Heroin Addiction? – ABC

Methadone clinics claim to help heroin users kick their addiction to the drug, but methadone treatment has been practiced for decades and the heroin epidemic continues to get worse. Reporter Kelly May investigated one Dayton methadone clinic; Project C.U.R.E. on James H. McGee Boulevard., to see how they treat clients for heroin addiction. The clinic has been in operation for 44 years.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Has Purdue Met Its Match? OxyContin Case Goes to Trial in Kentucky – Atlanta Legal Examiner

Purdue, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, has won dismissals in over 400 personal injury lawsuits related to the medication, has settled product liability cases involving the drug without disclosing the terms, and has defeated more than ten class actions suits brought against it over the painkiller, but has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. Until now.

ALCOHOL – USA
Priest hopes to break alcohol addiction after prison – Utica Observer Dispatch

The Rev. Valentine Krul just wants to go back to being a priest again. But first, he must head to state prison for stealing more than $87,000 from a New York Mills church and crashing his car while driving drunk. Then, he will have to break free from the devastating grip of his alcohol addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Scientists close in on non-addictive opioid painkillers – USA Today

Opioid painkillers have long been the gold standard for severe pain, but they come with a terrible dark side: They are the main culprits in a prescription drug abuse crisis that has killed thousands across the nation and spawned a resurgence of heroin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Purdue Pharma Wins Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Pain Pill – Bloomberg

The Food and Drug Administration said today it cleared the drug Hysingla ER with a label that indicates the tablet is difficult to abuse via injection or snorting. Closely held Purdue’s Hysingla will compete with the only other approved pure hydrocodone medicine, Zogenix Inc. (ZGNX)’s Zohydro. The drugs are intended to be liver-friendly alternatives to drugs including Vicodin that mix hydrocodone with less-potent medicines such as acetaminophen.

ALCOHOL – USA
Holiday stress can increase chances of alcohol abuse – Sun Herald

Holiday celebrations that include alcohol can put extra stress on those battling or recovering from alcohol addiction — and their families. “Around the holidays, alcohol abounds at parties and family gatherings,” said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Being around alcohol and others who might be ‘old drinking buddies’ could drive temptation higher.”

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December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New challenges arise in prescription drug abuse treatment – Tucson News Now

The number of people losing their lives to prescription drug abuse has more than tripled. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control show the rate of people dying from pain meds has steadily gone up from 1.4 percent in 1999 to 5.1 percent in 2012.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Controlled fix: Canada starts prescribing heroin to drug addicts – RT.com

Doctors in Vancouver, Canada, have become the first medics in North America to administer prescription heroin to drug addicts. The treatment will only be given to a group of patients who failed to respond to traditional therapies.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
The New Drugs of Abuse: Difficult Detection, Unclear Treatment – MPR

New classes of drugs of abuse are becoming a growing concern due to their increasing popularity and a lack of scientific data on proper treatment for addiction and overdose. Many of these new drugs are advertised as legal alternatives to illicit drugs while providing similar effects and are not detectable in routine blood and urine screening tests.

HEROIN – USA
Drug Treatment Court Attempts to Address Demand for Drugs, Including Heroin – WHQR

Heroin busts have been in the headlines for the past month. Most notably, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office carried out the second largest heroin bust in the county’s history at the end of October. While busts like these address the supply of drugs, what is being done to reduce demand? The New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court focuses on permanently changing the behavior of addicts.

DRUG REHAB – UK
Watch Pete Doherty on drugs rehabilitation: ‘There is something inside me that longs to be clean’ – Independent

Pete Doherty says his current stint in rehab has made him see that it is possible for him to overcome his drug addiction and that he is writing songs once again.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opiates outpace alcohol as cause for treatment – NewsOK

In the 12 months ending in June of last year, 4,043 Vermonters sought treatment for addiction to heroin and opiate-based prescription drugs like Oxycontin. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – DENMARK
Lars von Trier: I was addicted to drugs and alcohol – The Guardian

Danish director said he is now sober and receiving treatment for dependency, but expresses concern over whether he will be able to make films in the future.

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November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014

COCAINE – USA
Tom Hanks’s Son Reveals Cocaine Addiction, Says He’s ’50 Days Clean’ – People

Chester “Chet” Hanks, the eldest son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has revealed that he entered rehab for an addiction to cocaine – but is now “50 days clean and sober from everything, including alcohol.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon completes voluntary drug rehab program, pleads no contest to July marijuana possession charge – NewsOK

Former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleaded no contest Thursday to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Edmond Municipal Court. If Blackmon does not commit any crimes in the next six months, the charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, Judge Diane Slayton ruled.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation – Acupuncture Today

In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.

DRUG REHAB – GLOBAL
The world’s most peculiar drug rehab centers – dw.de

Being put into a coma might not seem an obvious choice to someone looking to overcome their addiction to drugs, but it is one option on offer. Here is a flavour of the world’s less usual rehab centers and their methods.

HEROIN – USA
The great American relapse – The Economist

The spread of heroin to a new market of relatively affluent, suburban whites has allowed the drug to make a comeback, after decades of decline.

OPIATES – USA
Rehab may be best option for young adult opiate addicts – WTAQ

Young adults addicted to opiates like oxycodone and heroin may have the best chance at long-term abstinence in residential treatment – often known as rehab – programs, according to a recent study. “Given evidence that outpatient treatment for opioid dependence in young adults is not as effective as it is in older adults, we need alternatives to protect this vulnerable population.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA / Mexico
‘Mexican Oxy’ moves north – Albuqerque Journal

Last October, Victor Mendoza-Chavarin was broke, out of work and living in Tijuana when he was approached by “a man” at a party asking him if he wanted to run drugs. Mendoza, an American citizen by birth, said he told the man no, but the unnamed drug dealer was persistent. “I didn’t have work and finally agreed to do it.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
My Chemical Romance’s Mikey Way Shares Struggles With Drug + Alcohol Addiction – Loudwire

My Chemical Romance / Electric Century bassist Mikey Way has just opened up to fans about his struggles against drug and alcohol addiction. In Way’s statement, the bassist shares stories about his multiple “rock bottoms,” completely disconnecting from his loved ones and EC band members committing Way to rehab.

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November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Illegal prescription drug use can push kids towards heroin – WIFT

Heroin use has been on the rise across the midstate and the problem is getting the bulk of attention. Many experts do consider heroin one of the most addictive drugs on the street. But prescription drug use is far higher among high school students.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New grant targets East Tennessee prescription drug abuse – WCYB

“We’re seeing a rise in stimulant use, particularly in college students, not only in prescribed stimulants, but also in the numbers of college students that are using medications that are not prescribed to them,”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
DEA meets with 49ers doctors as Drug Enforcement Administration investigates potential violations of controlled substance act – New York Daily News

Federal drug agents, hoping to determine if San Francisco 49ers doctors, nurse practitioners and trainers are complying with federal law regulating the distribution of painkillers and other medications, questioned members of the team’s medical staff at MetLife Stadium after the franchise’s 16-10 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State aims to curb ‘doctor shopping’ and prescription drug abuse – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Providers and pharmacies are logged into the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database, which allows them to search for a patient to see whether that patient recently has had similar prescriptions filled elsewhere before filling a new prescription. “It can tell you where they’ve been,” Johnson said. “It’s helpful, but it has its holes — it’s not always 100 percent accurate.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Vast majority of Americans who drink excessively are not alcoholics, new CDC study shows – Washington Post

Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are actually not dependent on alcohol, revealed findings within a study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

ALCOHOL – USA
Investigation reveals more hazing, alcohol abuse by Ohio State marching band – Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State University failed for decades to rein in its marching band and eliminate widespread alcohol abuse and sexual harassment. “Traditions and behaviors which have long outlived legal, university and society approval have been permitted to thrive in an organization that has, for decades, been removed from appropriate university oversight.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Predicting Teen Alcohol Abuse Before Their First Drink: Clues Found in Brain’s Connections – Medical Daily

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine collaborated with neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center to determine if they could predict alcohol abuse in teens before they even have their first sip.

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November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Non-addictive narcotic painkillers may be close – Courier-Journal

Besides being non-addictive, drug makers say, it doesn’t cause nausea, … doctors, regulators and patients about OxyContin’s addiction risk.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Woman recovering from $100K/month addiction turns to “miracle treatments – ABC7Chicago

Now she’s using this treatment to fight addiction … But what happens when a medication becomes an addiction? … “OxyContin, oxycodone, dalotta, all of them.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery – GazetteNet

Herren, six years clean after a 14-year addiction to drugs and alcohol … after a friend sold him the time-release painkiller OxyContin at age 23.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A mother’s story of agony over her son’s death, by his own hand in the county jail – The Altamont Enterprise

A grieving mother wants her son’s death to be a wakeup call for the county jail. Maryanne Rappaport, whose son, Adam, hanged himself in the Albany County jail last month, is committed to policy reform for the institution

HEROIN – USA
The Sad Reason Anthony Bourdain Was Filming in My Hometown – Aleteia

What could possibly bring Anthony Bourdain to film in this sleepy, dusty little corner of Western Massachusetts known for its pleasant (but typical) New England scenery and history? The answer made my heart sink.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Woman details her life as an addict – Beckley Register-Herald

The life that Beth Webb lives now is the life she’d wanted as a 21-year-old mom. Her comfortable life is far different from the lifestyle she was living six years ago. In those days, she often woke up sick. She was homeless. She risked jail time and her health to get prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Lortab.

COCAINE – USA
Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch extends rehab for cocaine addiction – Fox Sports

The former owner of the South Florida clinic that supplied performance-enhancing substances to major league baseball players will get more drug rehabilitation. A federal judge on Wednesday agreed to delay sentencing for Anthony Bosch from Dec. 18 to Feb. 17. Bosch lawyer Guy Lewis says Bosch needs a second phase of treatment for his admitted cocaine addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Transition from moderate to problem drinking hinges on genetic material – Medical News Today

Having a few drinks with friends is a regular part of social life for many individuals, but for over 7% of adults in the US, just a “few drinks” can quickly turn into problem drinking or alcohol use disorder.

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November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
New Way To Help Meth Addicts Stay Clean: Antibodies – Sci Tech Today

Designing medications and immune therapies that blunt a drug addict’s high and help him kick his habit is a promising idea. And someday soon it is expected to yield actual medications for addiction.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Group preparing proposals to address, stem drug abuse epidemic across Maine – Bangor Daily News

People suffering from addiction who end up in the hospital or jail because of their drug use often want to receive help to prevent it from happening again. However, the waiting list to enter treatment can be lengthy, and hospitals and jails are only equipped to treat withdrawal symptoms for a short period before releasing the individual, who often ends up going back to his or her old ways without pursuing treatment further.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Heroin Addict Emerges From an Arizona Cave to Help Others – Bloomberg

Adopted at birth, he grew up in the Massachusetts communities of Danvers and Peabody where he excelled at soccer. His creeping addiction first showed itself in his early teens when he’d stash booze that he stole from high school parties in the woods to keep himself supplied. Later, he binged on club drugs and shot heroin for the first time in a Dunkin’ Donuts bathroom.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Killing pain: How safe are opioids? – Daily UW

Gary Franklin, a research professor in the UW department of environmental and occupational health sciences and the Medical Director for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, argues opioids carry too much risk for any use outside of cancer-associated pain. Therefore, Franklin argued, chronic opioid prescriptions should be eliminated for almost all of their current applications.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bouncing back: Georgetown College point guard once a top recruit before addiction derailed plans – Kentucky.com

About four years ago, Cottrill broke one of the sesamoid bones in his left foot. More pain came prior to his high school senior year when he was involved in a car wreck that required more than 90 stitches to bind his wounds. By then, Cottrill was hailed as a basketball savant. Easily a top 100 national prospect and the No. 1 player in West Virginia. “So, I felt a lot of pressure that I had to perform every game …,” he said. “I don’t think I should have felt that, but I did. Everybody was watching me, so I was so scared to mess up. I just wanted to play to the best of my potential, so I started relying on (drugs). It became a habit, I guess.”

ECSTASY – USA
Texas woman dies after first dose of Ecstasy – USA Today

A Texas State student died last month after what friends say was her first experience with the drug Ecstasy. Jessica Hunter, 21, took the drug at the Austin City Limits festival on Oct. 5 and later had a seizure on the sidewalk.

ECSTASY – USA
MDMA (Ecstasy) drug guide for parents – Bedford Wicked Local

The Drug Enforcement Administration considers MDMA to be a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted use in medical treatment. Parents really need to talk with their kids and not take the use of Ecstasy lightly.

ALCOHOL – USA
Recovery from alcohol addiction can make you an insomniac – The Health Site

The findings of a recent study revealed that incidence of insomnia during early recovery may be five times higher than the general population and may persist for months to years and hence ‘treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of sobriety and quality of life.’

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October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
A matter of life and death – LaGrange News

For many people, the issue of drug addiction recovery is a literally matter of life and death. In 2012 in Georgia, there were 686 deaths from drug over dose in 152 of the 159 counties for which the Georgia Bureau of Investigations performs autopsies.

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

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
Kentucky OxyContin Case Against Purdue Pharma Leads Fight Over Opioid Abuse – Insurance Journal

Purdue, which makes the best-selling painkiller OxyContin, has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. It has won dismissals in more than 400 personal-injury lawsuits related to the drug. And while it has settled some product liability cases related to OxyContin under secret terms, Purdue has defeated more than 10 efforts to wage class-actions against it.

HEROIN – USA
Experts: Heroin cheaper, more pure than before – WBalTV

The heroin epidemic continues to grow, and investigators say it is now a supply-and-demand issue. In some instances, it starts with a surgery, back injury or some other trauma. A strong pain pill is prescribed, an opiate like Oxycontin, and the next thing you know, a person is hooked. The Drug Enforcement Agency said that’s a driving force in the increase of heroin use.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Number of babies born to addicted mothers skyrockets – WLWT

At first glance, this mother and baby look like any other mother and child. But take another look and you will see a baby that is withdrawing from drugs right after she entered the world.

METHAMPHETAMINE – GERMANY
High Hitler: Nazi leader was a meth addict, says new documentary – Washington Post

Based on details in a 47-page American military dossier compiled during the war, Hitler was taking a cocktail of 74 different drugs, including a form of what is now commonly known as crystal meth. He also took “barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls’ semen.

METHAMPHETAMINE – AUSTRALIA
Men pulling their own teeth out with pliers, children as young as 11 injecting, and teen ice ‘cooks’ vomiting blood: How meth addiction is destroying the next generation of Australians with over 350,000 hooked – Daily Mail

There are now almost 350,000 Australians – some as young as 11 – taking cheap, easily accessible and highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, nicknamed ice, which destroys the brain and creates psychotic behaviour such as users gauging away at their skin as they imagine feeling insects crawling beneath it.

OPIATES – USA
Parents are the first line of defense in war on opiate abuse – The Acorn

Three years after the death of Thousand Oaks High School football player Griffen Kramer put heroin use in the Conejo Valley under the microscope, area teens continue to abuse the deadly drug and other opioids at an alarming rate.

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October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
When Jordin Tootoo knew he needed drug rehab – Sports.Yahoo

I was still hung to the gills and I reeked of booze. I was thinking,’ What the [expletive] did I do now?’—and I really didn’t know. I tried to trace events back to Saturday night, but I had no clue. I had been so drunk I’d blacked out. Of course, the first thing I did was deny any wrongdoing. I said that it hadn’t been me.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Addiction-riddled Kentucky out for blood in $1B suit against OxyContin-maker Purdue – Fierce Pharma

To settle or not to settle? That’s always the question in drugmaker lawsuits, but Purdue Pharma faces a more dramatic choice than most in a Kentucky lawsuit. As Bloomberg reports, the state accuses the OxyContin maker of Medicaid fraud, false advertising, and 10 other claims–but the addiction epidemic is the crux of the matter.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain – Cleveland Clinic

From late 1980s through early 2000s, physicians tried to improve the way they treated chronic pain by prescribing opioids for more people. They believed that by taking the highly addictive drugs only as prescribed, patients wouldn’t become addicted. This thinking was quickly proved wrong. “Reality caught up with us,” says Dr. Rosenquist. “Over the years, we learned that dependence on opioids develops quickly.” The consequences have been making headlines ever since.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG – USA
Former Ludlow police lieutenant Thomas Foye pleads guilty to drug crimes; sentencing next week – Masslive.com

Foye, choking up in tears, told Hampden Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup: “I just want you to know your honor I did not choose addiction. No one chooses one disease they don’t throw fundraisers for. It chose me.” Foye became addicted to Oxycontin after a series of back, shoulder and hip surgeries.

ALCOHOL – USA
Elizabeth Pena died from complications related to alcohol abuse: report – NY Daily News

The 55-year-old TV and movie star stunned Hollywood when she passed away last week, from “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol.”

ALCOHOL – SCOTLAND
Hundreds of under-10s given treatment for alcohol abuse – Express

“People will be shocked that more than 200 children under 10 were treated for alcohol-related injury or illness. They should be out kicking a ball about, not hitting the bottle. “It should set alarm bells ringing that so many who shouldn’t be drinking at all are being treated for alcohol-related conditions.

ALCOHOL – FINLAND
Powerful Ad That Deals With Parental Alcohol Abuse – 2dayfm

We all know that children can’t choose their parents. But what if they could? Would that change the way we as parents behave?

ALCOHOL – UK
Shock at level of alcohol abuse – Accrington Observer

Shock health figures have revealed that five Accrington residents per day are hospitalised for alcohol abuse. The number of hospital admissions among Accrington men and women has increased by almost 50 per cent between 2008 and 2013.

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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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