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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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August 6, 2014

August 7, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Mom charged under drug-addicted baby law going to rehab – WBIR-TV

A Monroe County woman will be the first in Tennessee to plead guilty to charges of giving birth to a baby who tested positive for meth.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
CDC to Provide Kentucky $1 Million to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse – WKU Public Radio

Kentucky has the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, and has recently seen a surge in the number of deaths related to heroin. Kentucky will receive over $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat prescription drug abuse.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Boot-camp drug rehab didn’t keep Walton man from reoffending, police say – Watershed post

A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a “boot camp” drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.

DRUG REHAB / COCAINE – USA
Dustin Johnson in Rehab? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com

Often referred to as a “gentleman’s game,” if tour players step out of line involving the likes of drugs and crime the player sticks out like a sore thumb. Professional golfer Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday, July 31st that he would be taking a break from golf for an indefinite period of time after testing positive for cocaine and receiving a 6-month ban from the PGA. Watch the video above to see an interview of Johnson with PGA Tour about his home life 6 months before the announcement.

DRUG TREATMENT – VIETNAM
Vietnam officials call community-based drug treatment a failure amid rising crime – Thanh Nien Daily

In the 15 months since Vietnam opened its first voluntary drug rehabilitation center, only six addicts have graduated from its three-month program; the other 75% dropped out.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – USA
Senate candidate unveils substance abuse policy agenda – Charleston Daily Mail

“Everywhere I go, I see the promise and possibility of West Virginia,” Tennant said. “But we can’t reach our full potential unless we invest in our greatest resource: our people. The drug abuse crisis does not discriminate — everyone in West Virginia knows someone who has been affected.”

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
How Obamacare Is Changing Addiction Treatment Coverage – The Huffington Post

Several of the most important aspects of the ACA for the world of addiction also finally roll out in 2014. The federal government, for example, released final regulations in November concerning the ACA’s requirements that mental health and substance abuse treatment receive equal footing with medical health care.

COCAINE / ALCOHOL – USA
Tallulah Willis ‘secretly enters rehab’ for ‘cocaine and alcohol abuse and mother Demi Moore “feels so much guilt” – Daily Mail

Tallulah Willis allegedly has checked herself into rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Bruce Willis allegedly threatened to cut Tallulah off financially if she didn’t change her ways, but her cocaine habit reportedly only worsened, especially after she moved from Los Angeles to New York City in June.

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July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
City Of Santa Clarita To Host Prescription Drug Symposium – KHTS Radio

Officials say prescription drug abuse claims more lives than heroin and cocaine combined, affecting families nationwide including the Santa Clarita Valley. City of Santa Clarita officials are planning to host the Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center in an effort to bring awareness to parents and teens about the dangers of prescription drug addiction.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Texas mom shares pain of losing son to synthetic drugs – KHOU

The number of people arrested for possessing synthetic drugs has skyrocketed in the last five years in Texas. One of the most recent examples happened in May when in a span of five days nearly 120 people in Austin and Dallas overdosed on a synthetic drug.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic – CNN

Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin.

COCAINE – UK
Addicted to cocaine at just 15: A seemingly ordinary teenager tells how she became hooked on Class A drugs and her parents had NO idea – Daily Mail

Karen Atkinson, 30, from Billericay, was 11 when she tried tobacco. By 13 she’d dabbled in cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. By the age of 15 was addicted to an array of drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
House OKs prescription-abuse bill – Rutland Herald

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan House bill aimed at tightening prescription drug delivery guidelines, co-sponsored by Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, easily passed out of the chamber Tuesday. “Prescription drug abuse is claiming lives all across this country,” Welch said in a statement. “Painkillers are falling into the wrong hands while delivery of these same drugs is being stalled to the patients (who) need them, including seniors and those battling cancer.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
PROJECT LAZARUS: Community unites to address prescription drug problems – Sanford Herald

The annual death rate from opioid overdose in Lee County rose from three in 2009 to seven in 2012. Those numbers may not seem high, but according to Fred Brason, founder of Project Lazarus, for every one death, there are 10 admissions into substance abuse treatment programs, 32 visits to emergency departments, 130 prescription pill abusers and 825 non-medical users of pain pills.

ALCOHOL – USA
Veterans Alcohol Problems May Be Linked to Stress on the Home Front – University Herald

Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School Public Health found that regardless of traumatic events experienced during deployment, returning National Guard soldiers were more likely to develop a drinking problem if faced with civilian life setbacks, including job loss, legal problems, divorce, and serious financial and legal problems – all commonplace in military families.

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim – The Guardian

A local authority in the north-west of England, which cannot be named for legal reasons, is seeking to demonstrate that the mother of a six-year-old girl born with foetal alcohol syndrome committed a crime under the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 by drinking during her pregnancy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Star Athelete Turned Heroin Addict Tells Oprah Her Story – The Fix

In a recent episode of “Oprah Prime,” a 20-year-old heroin addict named Claire detailed her struggle with addiction after excelling as a three-sport captain in high school and earning an athletic scholarship to college. “This was something I never saw coming,” Claire said to Winfrey. “I was a good kid. I had achieved everything my parents had hoped for me.”

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July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
ELLEN’S PORTIA IN BOOZE, DRUG & REHAB HELL – National Enquirer

ELLEN DeGENERES and wife PORTIA de ROSSI have been plunged into a booze and drug nightmare – as the talk show queen raced to save her companion’s life.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Prince William cops, after raids, arrange treatment for drug users, get some takers – Washington Post

In November, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department spoke with an alleged drug dealer after his arrest. In similar raids last week, the police urged dealers to enter drug treatment and offered to transport them directly to a treatment center.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ABUSE – USA
How to recognize alcohol, drug abuse – Fort du Lac Reporter

Treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse is effective, but few who need it have access to and receive care. Families can be devastated and children are at increased risk for their own addiction and mental health problems. How can you tell someone needs help?

ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Downtown rappelling event spotlights drug, alcohol addiction treatment – Tribune Review

Ciel Disilvio, 13, of Shadyside prepares to rappel down 26 floors at the Westin, Downtown, on Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014. More than 80 people took part in the event sponsored by Shatterproof, a new national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Some say prescription drug database would curb abuse; others ask at what cost? – fox4kc.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tracking drugs — who’s buying them and how often? It’s some information that would be readily available to pharmacies, for example, in order to curb prescription drug abuse if Missouri had a prescription drug monitoring database. However, some say it comes at too high of a price, the price of your privacy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Colts partnership to fight prescription drug abuse – WTHR.com

Indiana is one of the top 10 states for prescribing narcotics. It’s 17th in the U.S. for its drug overdose death rate. State leaders said the statistics are alarming. “We also have the highest rate of pharmacy robberies — number one in the country.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
EXCLUSIVE: Feds quietly investigating prescription drug abuse in NFL locker rooms – New York Daily News

The Drug Enforcement Administration has quietly launched an investigation into the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms. The DEA’s probe began after attorneys representing about 1,300 NFL retirees filed a lawsuit accusing the league of illegally handing out painkillers, sleeping pills and other drugs without informing players of the risks of health problems and addiction.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Poison in a Packet: “I knew at that point… I’m going to die.” – Part 1 – WNDU.com

One Elkhart woman tells Newscenter 16 she smoked a joint of synthetic marijuana for the first time and immediately felt the effects. She couldn’t go more than six hours without getting another fix. The drug made her so aggressive that she said she couldn’t drive down the road without feeling the urge to run people over.

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July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
U.S. Doctors Prescribe Opiate Painkillers at Twice the Rate of any other Country…and 500,000 Veterans are Dependent – AllGov

Doctors in the United States lead the world in prescribing opioid analgesics, or opiate pain relievers (OPR). U.S. physicians write 82.5 prescriptions for OPRs for every 100 persons in the country. Many of these OPRs in the United States are apparently being consumed by veterans.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
San Bernardino County Ordinance Aims to Stop Sale of Synthetic Drugs – NBC Southern California

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would give the sheriff’s department more authority to curb synthetic drug sales in the county. The new ordinance goes beyond the current California penal code, which limits its definition of synthetic drugs to five chemicals. Harper said that in reality, more than 60 chemicals in combination can go into the substances.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
CNY Head Shop Owner Sentenced for Selling Synthetic Drugs – TWC News

It was two years ago this month that a national crackdown on synthetic drugs took aim at local head shops. Tuesday, the man who owned one popular Central New York chain learned how long he’ll spend in federal prison for distributing the drugs.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Synthetic drugs sellers appear to continue dealing after federal indictments – fox2now.com

Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Tips for using painkillers safely – Lillie News

With so much talk about drug use in America, you may not realize that some of the most potentially dangerous drugs are sitting right in many home medicine cabinets. More people die daily from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Amber Valletta Reveals Her Drug and Alcohol Addiction – People Magazine

Valletta, 40, says she started looking for ways to get high since she was 8 years old because she was “uncomfortable being a human being.” “I sniffed markers, I sniffed glue, fingernail polish, anything that could give me a buzz,” she says.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Here’s Where Employers Can Draw The Line When It Comes To Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Mondaq News Alerts

Drug and alcohol addictions have laid waste to many a promising career and have even resulted in dire ramifications in the form of violent and sexually inappropriate conduct. But as a protected disability, the pitfalls of dealing with workplace addictions are many and employers must exercise caution. Generally, employers cannot wash their hands of the addicted employee but must accommodate his or her disability. But there are limits to their obligations.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone clinic lawsuits expose addiction struggle – The Tennessean

Trex Treatment Center holds that at least hundreds of drug addicts in East Tennessee — including women whose pregnancies contribute to a statewide epidemic of babies born drug-dependent — would benefit from a new methadone clinic. But state officials and judges have not been convinced such a clinic is the answer.

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July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOL – USA
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOL – UK
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

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

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June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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