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January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Utah’s first family of boxing loses one of its youngest members with the death of Kade Fullmer
– Deseret News

Kade Fullmer, a former all-state football player for Bingham whose college career was cut short when he lost his hand in a boating accident, died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday morning.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Heroin Addiction: The Causes And The Fallout – Inquisitr

“We seeded the population with opiates. What started as an OxyContin and prescription-drug addiction problem in Vermont has now grown into a full-blown heroin crisis.”

OPIOIDS – USA
Help Is Needed – Ledger News

We have an opiate/opioid problem in southwest Cherokee County. By opioid, I mean heroin, oxycontin, and other opioid-related drugs. I have personal friends that have lost their children to this plague. It seems like several times a year, I hear of one of my children’s friends, losing their battle to addiction problems to these drugs … and yet another funeral to attend.

METHADONE – USA
OUR OPINION: State should not scrap methadone drug treatment – Central Maine

The message should be that we are going to do what works. That means education to prevent people from getting hooked on drugs, enforcement to make the cost of dealing them too high and treatment for those who are addicted so they can reclaim their lives.

ALCOHOL / DRUG / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drugs, alcohol underlie 80% of crimes, Utah chief justice says; more funding for treatment a must – Salt Lake Tribune

Utah must spend more on drug and mental-health treatment if it wants to cut crime, “The consensus estimate is that 80 percent of all crimes involve some underlying drug or alcohol problem,” Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant told legislators Monday. “From the court’s perspective, the most important thing we can do to reduce recidivism and increase public safety is to provide necessary drug and alcohol treatment,” he said. “And to do that, we need treatment resources.”

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Teen drug treatment addresses motivation, relationships – Daily Herald

When dealing with an often unmotivated group of young drug users, who Lott says “don’t really see the problems” of their habit, counselors have to get creative.

ALCOHOL – USA
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand opens up about struggles with alcohol addiction – Michigan Live

It took a 2010 drunk driving arrest for Tom Lewand to take his alcohol addiction seriously. Speaking to the congregation at Kensington Church’s Orion campus, the Detroit Lions team president opened up about his struggles.

ALCOHOL – USA
Carolyn Hax: Avoiding alcohol, family frustration – Idaho Statesman

I recently invited my family to our home for an afternoon open house. This is not something I do often, maybe once every five years, in part because my family is hard to be around as a group. There are seven sibs, three with alcohol addiction. A couple of their kids also struggle with addiction.

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January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Woman Speaks Out On Drug Rehab, We Follow Up – My Champlain Valley

The focus was supposed to be on a new state office complex in downtown St. Albans that should bring a big boost to the local economy. That was the plan at a news conference Monday with local and state elected officials. That is until Joyce Audette spoke up about other issues she sees in her community. “We have no treatment facilities to help our “bad” guys,” Audette told the crowded room.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Dr. David Gottsegen: Choices in primary care widen gateway to addiction – Gazette Net

The best way to address health problems is through primary prevention. Preventing the flu through hand washing and vaccines is preferable to treating people already sickened by the disease. It is better to prevent injuries from motor vehicle accidents by using seat belts and car seats and by not driving drunk than it is to have to repair broken bodies after the accidents. The same is true for the scourge of painkiller addiction that is ravaging western Massachusetts: Better to prevent the addiction than to punish and try to treat the addict.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – UK
Three key signs of a possible addiction to OxyContin – Daily Mail

The three main signs of OxyContin addiction.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Former addict heads Wheeler shelter after turning life around – WTHR

“I was about 12 years old and middle school just trying to find my place in life…and started to gravitate toward drugs and alcohol. I became addicted to OxyContin and cocaine and, from there, started shooting heroin.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Counterfeit OxyContin claims its price – helpmeout.com

Another young person has been killed in Saskatoon, Canada after taking counterfeit OxyContin pills. He is the third person to die in Saskatoon in the last six months after using such pills.

ALCOHOL / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A drive with Tollefson: Confessions of an alcoholic – Philly.com

“I always drank,” he says – as much as a fifth of vodka before noon. But life didn’t become unmanageable (to quote the language of 12-step recovery) until he got hooked on the narcotics he started taking for back pain after a 2008 car accident. “OxyContin, Percocet, Tylenol 3. Once you pair that with alcohol, you’re done,” he says.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Ex-ADA denies charge he traded info for oxy pills – Boston Herald

Former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Gilpatric, center, stands beside his attorney Melinda Thompson, left, during his Arraignment for allegedly trading information for oxycodone pills.

ALCOHOL – USA
Poor Sleep in Teens May be an Early Predictor for Alcohol Abuse – bigthink.com

Lack of sleep has been linked to a myriad of mental and emotional issues—people have been known to experience disorientation and hallucinations when going days without sleep. But Smitha Mundasad from the BBC reported on a recent study that has found sleep can be a predictor of future behavior in teens. Those that have a particularly troublesome time dozing off are more likely to develop alcohol and drug problems.

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January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
UFC champion Jon Jones lasts all of one night in drug rehab – Washington Post

On Jan. 6, three days after defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones announced he would be entering a treatment facility after he tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in an out-of-competition drug test administered Dec. 4.

METHADONE – USA
The ‘liquid chains’ of methadone treatment – Baltimore Sun

I know 10 people personally who went for methadone every day for 20-to-40 years. They are every bit as incarcerated as anybody in jail is today. They are simply being swept under the carpet.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Chronic pain: Do opioid painkillers really help? – CBS News

Currently there are more than 100 million American suffering from chronic pain. As much as 5 to 8 million patients use narcotics to manage their condition even though these drugs may not be the most effective treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – UK
Sharp rise in ‘hillbilly heroin’ painkiller prescriptions could lead to explosion in middle-class drug use in the UK, warns health experts – Daily Mail

Experts fear Britain could soon be in the grip of a new heroin crisis after figures showed prescriptions of a highly addictive opioid painkiller have soared in recent years. Oxycodone was prescribed more than a million times in England last year, an increase of 39 per cent since 2010.

BENZODIAZEPINES – USA
Sedatives Less Safe, More Used in Older Adults – USA

Despite the risks of sedative drugs for older people, they are more likely to take these medicines than younger adults, a new study shows. The study focused on benzodiazepines. These drugs are used to treat anxiety and insomnia.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS – UK
Teen who went on knife spree had consumed alcohol and muscle relaxants – Sunday World

A DUBLIN teenager almost killed a shop worker during terrifying knife attacks after taking a cocktail of alcohol and tranquilliser tablets, a judge has heard. The Children’s Court was told the boy, 17, who has no prior criminal convictions, has been charged over a series of attacks in south Co. Dublin in May.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Colton students hear story of speaker’s battle with alcohol, drug addiction – Watertown Daily Times

A former high school athlete — sober four years after a 27-year battle with addiction — spoke to Colton-Pierrepont Central School students Friday about the experience, which included three years in state prison, having his heart stop twice and essentially missing his son’s first 15 years.

HEROIN – USA
Why You’ve Never Heard of the Vaccine for Heroin Addiction – Time

The heroin vaccine, should it go to market, would not be the first pharmacological attempt to treat addiction. There are a handful of FDA-approved drugs like naltrexone and acamprosate for drug and alcohol addiction, and buprenorphine, which treats opioid addiction by curbing withdrawal symptoms. But they’re imperfect.

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January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

DRUG REHAB – UK
Pete Doherty said to be ‘drug-free’ after treatment in Thailand rehab centre – International Business Times

In early December, two months into his treatment, Doherty is said to have relapsed, but he is now said to be free of drugs. As well as recording, he is planning more live performances. He is also launching a fund to assist other addicts to receive treatment at the British-run Hope Rehab Centre in Si Racha, on Thailand’s east coast.

HEROIN / COCAINE – USA
Battling Drug Addiction, Veteran Credits Support Center for Turning His Life Around – Rochester TWC News

Michael Brown was a member of the Army National Guard from 2006-2012, and when he returned home, he found himself depressed and plagued with survivor’s guilt. Michael became addicted to heroin and crack cocaine.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTIONS DRUGS – USA
Heroin cheaper than painkillers in Denver – 9NEWS

Heroin and prescription drug abuse are two of the leading causes of overdose deaths in Colorado. Over the years, there’s been a shift in which drugs addicts have been trying to get their hands on.

HEROIN – USA
Ky. heroin bills raise hope, face skepticism – Cincinnati.com

We all know heroin use is an epidemic in our area. But what are our local leaders and institutions doing – or not doing – to fight it?

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
A Hundred Years Failure – Politico

How did a law to regulate heroin traffic turn into the costly, futile War on Drugs? We don’t need a drug czar to tell us—even though one of them has—the war on drugs, by its own measures, has been a century-long failure.

HEROIN – USA
Arkansas law enforcement concerned about heroin – Chron.com

Arkansas law enforcement authorities are expressing concern about the growing heroin use in the state. The re-emergence of the highly addictive drug is being blamed on easy access for many years to overprescribed pain-treatment opiates, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

ALCOHOL – USA
Fake bar part of research into anti-drinking drug – Mohave Valley News

There’s no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles. The real alcohol is locked away but still close enough for the extra temptation of smell — and to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say “when” sooner than usual.

ALCOHOL – USA
Campaign looks to discourage parents from supplying alcohol to kids – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The “Is It Worth it?” campaign reminds parents that there are real dangers and consequences for providing alcohol to minors.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Martial arts class helps kids and adults work through trauma – The Southern

Dawn Prince has learned life lessons through personal drug and alcohol struggles and her experiences being homeless for five years that she uses in her Snow Monkey Martial Arts classes. The Buddhist monk said “everyone can be a teacher” and she learned patience and love from homeless people and addicts.

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December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014

ALCOHOL – USA
Veteran gets help for 30-year addiction through area nonprofit – Gainesville Times

Robert Davis, a veteran who served six years stateside in the U.S. Army, recently got help for his 30-year-alcohol addiction through Veterans Court and Avita Community Partners.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Former Titan Donnie Nickey overcomes demons with help of Bironas, wife – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Donnie Nickey was traveling down a path of destruction. Alcohol, illegal substances, painkillers — you name it, and the former Titans safety was doing it to cope with life after football. But it all came to a screeching halt nine months ago, when Nickey got behind the wheel and nearly ended his life.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders? – Ladybud Magazine

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is there isn’t much practical difference for those caught in the criminal justice system.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Oregon addiction counselors define success in treating addicts – OregonLive.com

More than 3,000 counselors work in addiction treatment across Oregon. How do they personally judge success in treating a drug addict?

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
More seniors struggling with substance and alcohol abuse – Dallas Morning News

An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal Addiction. “This is the fastest-growing portion of AA right now, or the most in need,”

ALCOHOL – USA
Team works to reduce drug, alcohol use and abuse – Great Falls Tribune

It wasn’t until he became a district court judge two years ago that he realized the extent of drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Ky wants drugmaker to pay for OxyContin abuse – The Courier-Journal

A common refrain in Kentucky’s hardscrabble hills is that an entire generation has been lost to pain-pill abuse. Addiction has spawned crime, filled county jails and overburdened the too-few treatment centers. Overdoses have torn children from parents and parents from children.

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December 24, 2014

December 24, 2014

COCAINE / MARIJUANA – USA
Stevie J Ordered to Rehab After Failing Drug Tests – ABC News

A cast member on VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has been ordered to spend 30 days at a drug rehabilitation center after prosecutors said he repeatedly failed cocaine and marijuana tests.

DRUG REHAB – USA
America is becoming a nation of prisons- Jacksonville.com

Did the people of the United States suddenly become evil in the 1980s? The answers are explored in a study from the National Research Council of the National Academies. The first sentence says it all: “After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of incarceration in the United States more than quadrupled in the past four decades.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Unintended, but Not Unknown, Consequence of Prop. 47: Less Drug Treatment – Allgov.com

California is going to have to find another way to steer convicted criminals into drug treatment programs following the passage last month of Proposition 47, the measure reducing sentences of some lesser crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge – New York Times

Even as the Food and Drug Administration approves new, powerful opioid-based painkillers, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overuse. New studies showed that opioids may help only half of patients prescribed them, and many of those, only temporarily. The greatest proponents of narcotic pain killers have recognized their dangers. “Did I teach about pain management, specifically about opioid therapy, in a way that reflects misinformation? Well, against the standards of 2012, I guess I did.”

HEROIN – USA
Beyond Narcan: Why Heroin Addicts Need More Than an Overdose Antidote – NBC News

The opiate-blocker naloxone is one of the year’s most celebrated drugs, breaking into the mainstream as a magic-bullet antidote that yanks overdose victims from the brink of death with a shot of nasal spray or an intravenous injection. Police take it on patrols. Emergency medical technicians keep it in their ambulances. Ordinary Americans are stocking their medicine cabinets with it. Because of it, hundreds of people who might have died this year from taking too much heroin, Oxycontin or similar painkillers remain alive. But the lifesaving medication is not a cure.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Pushing an addict away comes with heartache, hope – Delaware Online

Greg had been in and out of drug rehab for the better part of his young adult life, struggling to manage a heroin addiction. About six years ago, he and a girlfriend got caught shoplifting to sustain their fix, and he immediately had to go back into rehab. This time in Harrisburg, for 90 days. Greg made it through 10 weeks. “They said to me, ‘You have to come get your son.’

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol in moderation good for you? Accepted wisdom may not be wise and other myth-busting alcohol truisms – Genetic Literacy Project

Some say moderate alcohol consumption is good for you. But a recent Scandinavian study reports that a protective effect of alcohol on the heart may be most obvious only in 15 percent of people, those with a particular genetic mutation.

DRUGS / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Affordable Care Act and addiction – Dodge Globe

Substance abuse treatment has historically reached only a fraction of the people with problems. About 90 percent of people who could be diagnosed with a substance use disorder do not receive treatment in any given year. In 2013, an estimated 20.2 million Americans who could benefit from treatment received no care. That is changing as result of the ACA. For the first time, millions of people can now seek treatment for a range of drug and alcohol abuse problems.

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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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