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June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Film explores teen prescription drug abuse with message for parents – La Jolla Light

“If Only,” a film about prescription drug abuse in young people, chronicles what producers call “a parent’s worst nightmare.” It follows the lives of two high school students experimenting with painkillers and other pills.

ALCOHOL – UK
Pete Townshend opens up about past alcohol abuse – Fox News

The Who legend Pete Townshend described his past alcohol abuse and how the “ridiculous job” of being a rock star fuels addiction before a starry crowd including Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit.

DRUG ADDICTION / DRUG REHAB – USA
John Moffitt un-retires, but will Seattle Seahawks snag him? – isportsweb.com

In March 2014 Moffitt was arrested and charged with assault and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. “I have never been so proud of a guy I’ve trained than I am of John Moffitt. Retired two years ago (because) he knew he had drug issues, took time to go to rehab, clean up his life, beat his demons and he has taken his life back!”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
How Much?! Global Prescription Drug Sales Forecast to Reach $987B by 2020 – Wall Street Journal

After a few up and down years, global prescription drug sales appear poised to take off and grow 4.8% annually over the next five years, reaching $987 billion by 2020.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Area police chiefs endorse governor’s proposal to treat drug addiction as disease – The Sun Chronicle

The program, which emphasizes help over handcuffs for offenders seeking to break the grip of opioid drugs, is increasingly being sought out by families of addicts for help in getting loved ones into recovery programs. Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace said it is important to look at all aspects of fighting addiction. “Treatment is so important,” he said. “It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a first step.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Rural U.S. Struggles to Combat IV Drug Abuse – Wall Street Journal

Abuse of opioid painkillers and heroin in rural areas and small cities is causing hepatitis C and HIV to spread in regions where they were uncommon two decades ago. New hepatitis C infections nationwide rose 150% between 2010 and 2013, with the largest increases in rural areas.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Addiction at heart of Baltimore’s woes – Baltimore Sun

In Baltimore, addiction takes a lot of people’s dreams away from them. Not only does an addict hurt himself but he hurts the people around him. We need to raise awareness of this problem and create opportunities for people to rehabilitate. Parents are struggling and communities need to find out who they are and how they might be helped.

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June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
On Its First Day, A Slow Start For Gloucester’s Drug Treatment ‘Angel Program’-WBUR

Gloucester police have officially started a program to help deal with the opioid epidemic. Instead of arresting drug users, police will help them get into treatment. But on Monday — the first day of the program — no one came to police looking for help — and there are some who question whether anyone will.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Gloucester Police: 17 People Have So Far Sought Opioid Addiction Treatment In New Program – WBUR

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello said that 17 people abusing opioids like heroin, morphine and oxycodone have so far taken up the department’s offer to turn over their drugs and paraphernalia without fear of arrest – as long as they agree to enter treatment on the spot.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Citing Reagan, Christie touts drug treatment as 2016 issue – NJ.com

Asked by one of the counselors how, given the hodge-podge of state criminal drug laws, America might ever produce a cohesive national drug policy, Christie suggested it would be his preference to encourage states to switch from incarceration to treatment in the same way he had done in New Jersey.

ALCOHOL TREATMENT – USA
RIA receives $3 million to study tailored alcohol treatment methods – University of Buffalo News

A “one-size-fits-all” approach to alcohol treatment is not the best strategy, according to University at Buffalo addiction experts, who have received a $3 million grant to explore whether treatments tailored to a person’s behavior before seeking help will result in better treatment outcomes.

METHADONE – USA
Prisoners forced off methadone less likely to return to treatment – Reuters

“When people have opioid dependence, physiologically, they develop tolerance and have to keep taking a higher and higher dose,” to avoid withdrawal, Rich told Reuters Health by phone. Withdrawal from heroin is painful and “diabolical,” he said, and drives people to do desperate things. Withdrawal from methadone is more prolonged and less intense, but still painful.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
J. Paul Getty’s Grandson Died Of Ulcers Caused By Methamphetamine – Contact Music

Andrew Getty was found dead in the bathroom of his Los Angeles home in March (15), and officials representing the L.A. County Coroner have revealed his cause of death is a gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Autopsy results revealed that the ulcers were caused by a toxic level of methamphetamine.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – UK
‘Why did nobody stop it?’: Director Asif Kapadia on Amy Winehouse documentary – Hit Fix

When I think of Winehouse’s death I’ve felt complicit in the obsessive nature of celebrity, pecking at low-hanging fruit, or using reductionist language in discussing entertainers who are struggling with their very humanity.

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June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opioid crisis: What is an opioid? How are the drugs used? – Mass Live

While talk of an addiction crisis in the country is becoming more common, many people may not know what drugs are involved.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkillers resist abuse, but experts still worry – Worcester Telegram

Anthony DiTullio would pop a painkiller in his mouth but not just swallow it, as intended. He would chew it for 30 minutes, grinding through its protective coating and waxy unpleasantness, because the only pain he was treating was addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
While some see promise in drug, others see peril – Taos News

Last week, The Taos News reported on the case of a now 3-year-old Questa boy who suffered severe brain damage after overdosing on what police say was a Suboxone tablet illicitly obtained by his father. Though an unusually dramatic case, the toddler’s story is just one example of what many see as the perils underlying a drug also considered a great hope for those struggling with opiate addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN
Overdose increase brings call for more teachers, police – Eagle-Tribune

City leaders said they were aware Haverhill has a problem with overdoses from heroin and other drugs, but statistics showing the number of overdoses across the community is driving the point home. The numbers have some city councilors calling for Haverhill to hire more drug abuse educators and counselors for schools, and also more police officers.

ALCOHOL – USA
Charles Kennedy died of a ‘major haemorrhage’ caused by his alcohol addiction – Business Insider

Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat Party leader, died at his home in Scotland on Tuesday, after suffering from a “major haemorrhage” caused by his alcohol addiction.

ALCOHOL – UK
Athlete who overcame alcohol addiction and colon cancer shares story in new book – KCTV Kansas City

Teri Griege beat colon cancer, is a recovering alcoholic and she is “powered by hope.” She’s a warrior, has always been an athlete and, at the age of 48, she completed an Ironman competition, which involves swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and then running a marathon.

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June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

HEROIN – USA
Heroin tops list of Lebanon County’s drug-rehab cases – LD News

“Some of the things I want to make this board of commissioners aware of,” Jim Donmoyer, executive director of the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, said, “everybody talks about and hears about the heroin epidemic. It is here in Lebanon County.”

COCAINE / XANAX – USA
Kylie Jenner Drug Use: Teen Reportedly Headed To Rehab For Cocaine And Xanax Addiction – Inquisitr

Rumors are swirling once again about Kylie Jenner’s wild behavior. A new report is claiming that the 17-year-old is “out of control” and is being forced to rehab against her will. It sounds like there’s more going on with Kylie than fans know about.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Denise Hansen: Drug rehab needs to be addressed – Salem News

I am writing this letter because I want to let everyone know how I feel about heroin addiction and what they never did to help my son. As you said in the article about my son (”Shane Hansen of Peabody gets 10 years in gun, heroin cases,” April 13), having this addiction way back when he overdosed on Nov. 3, 2003, my son was 19 years old. In June, he will be 30 years old.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION RECOVERY – USA
A Choice for Recovering Addicts: Relapse or Homelessness – New York Times

After a lifetime of abusing drugs, Horace Bush decided at age 62 that getting clean had become a matter of life or death. So Mr. Bush, a homeless man who still tucked in his T-shirts and ironed his jeans, moved to a flophouse in Brooklyn that was supposed to help people like him, cramming into a bedroom the size of a parking space with three other men.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opioid crisis: Seeds of addiction started with efforts to fight pain – Massachusetts Live

The seeds to the growing opioid crisis, which killed 17,000 nationally last year according to federal figures, were sown in 1986 when the World Health Organization identified “inadequate treatment for pain a serious public health concern” and encouraged physicians to prescribe opioid analgesics for cancer patients.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
The deadly pills-to-heroin pipeline: Inside the growing scourge devastating Alabama communities – Alabama News

Over the past few years, as many doctors went from prescribing strong opioid pain medications like oxycodone – the opiate that OxyContin pills release over the course of 12 hours – almost exclusively to hospitalized terminal cancer patients to handing it out for afflictions as minor as backaches or even bad cold symptoms, an increasing number of Americans developed addictions to opiates. The situation is particularly acute in Alabama

ALCOHOL – UK
‘I would buy whisky after the school run’: Mother who turned to drink after losing her baby to cot death reveals 14-year addiction that saw her sons almost taken into care – Daily Mail

Sophie found herself buying two bottles of brandy every morning, whilst Alex was downing eight cans of lager each day. She says: ‘I was a secret drinker. I would drop AJ at school and then go straight to the off-licence to buy brandy. ‘I’d hide vodka and brandy all round the house. I couldn’t even do the supermarket shop unless I was steaming drunk. But she has now been sober for over two years.

ALCOHOL UK
Drinking wine at home is putting thousands more women in hospital – Daily Mail

Women drinking at home are fueling the nation’s chronic problem with alcohol, experts warned. Hospital admissions directly linked to alcohol grew three times quicker among women than among men last year.

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May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – USA
House slams brakes on medical marijuana – Standard Speaker

The speaker’s power to assign a bill to a committee usually doesn’t get much attention until it happens to a bill like this. “We’ve got to be real careful we don’t have unintended consequences that are harmful,” Baker said. “I’m open to discussion, but it’s got to have the approval of the medical professionals.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Pot used to be pretty harmless, but it’s plenty dangerous today – Pittsburg Post Gazette

Even those who didn’t smoke pot knew plenty of people who did and didn’t see much harm in it. We rightfully mocked vilifications of marijuana … It’s up to 10 times stronger than in the ’60s and ’70s and powerfully addictive

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Addiction treatment hard to find, even as overdose deaths soar – USA Today

“I tried to get help so many times growing up,” said McCrorken, of New Haven, Conn. “Getting into detox was always difficult because there were never any beds available and they would put you on a waiting list. If I had to wait, without a doubt, I was getting high,” he says.

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Drug to treat addiction is too often addicting – Lexington Herald-Leader

A recent Herald-Leader editorial supported using Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) to treat opiate addiction. The editorial claims that with more taxpayer-funded Suboxone, opiate abuse and overdoses will decrease. Unfortunately, recent history demonstrates otherwise.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Doctors and pharmacists work to flag painkiller addicts – WMC Action News

Prescription drug problems are widespread. Dozens of illegal back-door deals were shut down in raids by federal agents Wednesday. But some folks are getting their drugs legally. This addiction can start at the doctor’s office and spiral out of control. “I had a patient who basically was prostituting his mother for oxycontin,” said Dr. John North.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller addiction spawns hepatitis threat – Star Tribune

The blood-borne virus, on the decline nationally until a few years ago, is rising rapidly among adolescents and young adults, especially in white, rural communities. Those are the same areas where an epidemic of prescription opioid deaths first showed up over a decade ago, followed by a wave of heroin deaths.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Is Health Care Creating An Opioid Addiction? – Civil Beat

A nurse’s sister’s overdose death changes her perspective on painkiller addiction, which the Centers for Disease Control calls a national epidemic.

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May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Doctors say treating babies born to addicted mothers expensive, painful – WMUR

“These babies are not happy. They are very irritable, so the littlest of noises disrupts them. Their intestines are overactive. They throw up. They have diarrhea. They sweat.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – CANADA
Federal government reversing its decision to allow generic OxyContin as addictions surge – National Post

The federal health minister said she is going to introduce legislation that will reverse the decision taken by her government to allow generic drugmakers to produce their own version of the powerful painkiller, OxyContin. The government is acting to combat the “silent killer” of prescription drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Critics: Mistake to allow addicts to sue for damages in WV – State Journal

Critics fear a recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decision allowing individuals who admit to illegal acts to sue for damages is going to “open up a pandora’s box” in the Mountain State. “This case says that even if you are a pill-seeking drug felon … the pharmacy and doctor who prescribe to you, even if you have a prior addiction or criminal issues, are now civilly liable for damages,” noted one observer who chose not to be identified. “Essentially, it rewards criminal behavior.”

MARIJUANA – USA
The Side Effects Of Marijuana In The Brain: Some Regions Become More Impaired Than Others – Medical Daily

THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, attaches to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Several areas of the brain have high densities of these receptors, which helps explain the different effects of the drug.

SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA – USA
Synthetic ‘marijuana’ isn’t pot, isn’t safe = Washington Times

This past month, there was again a dramatic spike in emergency room visits in several states. Marketed under the names Spice, Smacked, K2, and Black Mamba — to name a few — synthetic marijuana is not the “safe” alternative to plant-grown marijuana that it is made out to be.

MARIJUANA – USA
Supreme Court prods Obama administration in Colorado marijuana dispute – Christian Science Monitor

Nebraska and Oklahoma say marijuana laws in neighboring Colorado are causing harm to their states and want the US Supreme Court to intervene. On Monday, court showed interest in the case by asking the Obama administration for a brief.

ALCOHOL – USA
Learn to Recognize the Signs of an Alcohol Problem – Consumer Health Day

To help people identify when drinking becomes a problem, Dr. William Jacobs, chief of addiction medicine at Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia, outlined five major signs of alcohol abuse or dependence.

METHAMPHETAMINE – Australia
Crystal meth addict ‘gouged out his eyes and ate them’ while high on drug, Australian MP claims – Independent

An Australian MP shocked hundreds gathered at an anti-drugs summit by describing an incident where a young man gouged his own eyes out and ate them while high on methamphetamines.

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May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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