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March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

DRUG REHAB – Costa Rica
What is iboga? Psychedelic drug Scott Disick will take at rehab isn’t cure-all for addiction, say experts – NY Daily News

Scott Disick is getting high to beat his addictions. The Costa Rican rehab that the 31-year-old reality star has called home since early this week specializes in treatment using the iboga plant, a hallucinatory African rainforest shrub.

ALCOHOL – USA
Liza Minnelli Checks Into Rehab Again For Alcohol Abuse – US Magazine

Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.

ALCOHOL – USA
The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous – The Atlantic

The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol: ‘a significant issue everywhere’ – Duke Chronicle

Initiatives to assist students in recovering from alcohol addiction are becoming increasingly common in universities throughout the country.

ALCOHOL – RUSSIA
Captive Russian Bears Suffer from Alcohol Addiction, Junk Food Diet – Outdoor Hub

Bears may not be picky eaters, but is hard to imagine one of the critters consuming enough junk food and alcohol to land itself in rehab. But a Russian court in February ordered the confiscation of two captive male bears living in Sochi after it was discovered that they were addicted to alcohol and had been living on a diet of junk food for years.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Los Angeles drug alcohol recovery publisher stigmatizes addiction – Examiner

The word stigma has been used frequently these days in a multitude of references ranging from mental health to addiction. This issue once again reared its ugly head yesterday for a South Florida alcohol, drug and mental health rehab owner that came under attack from – of all places – a publication that ironically supports people in addiction recovery.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn’t stop addicts – CBS News

Nearly five years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved an abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin from Purdue Pharma L.P. The newer version of the powerful drug has binders that make the drug difficult to crush for the purpose of snorting or using intravenously for a quick high. But it turns out that change hasn’t deterred drug abusers as effectively as officials might have hoped.

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12 March 2015

March 12, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Governor Candidate Pitches Drug Rehab Plan in Newport – The River City News

Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, currently running for Governor of Kentucky, was in Northern Kentucky on Wednesday where he made a major policy announcement at press conference in front of the Campbell County Detention Center Administration Building in Newport, concerning his proposed state program that he says will better address the influx of crime in the state related to heroin.

HEROIN – USA
Drug Treatment Demand in York County Limits Agency’s Ability to Help – Reading Eagle

The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission, which helps hundreds of people a year, has denied short-term, inpatient treatment — which lasts 14 to 28 days — to 24 people since July 1. During the 2013-14 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 22 patients were affected. The number of people being referred to the agency for inpatient care has almost doubled in less than five years, with one of the main drugs of choice being heroin.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Nick Gordon in Rehab After Admitting Drug Use and Threatening Suicide – Music Times

Nick Gordon chose to remain silent for the first few weeks after Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub. Investigators are still trying to piece together what was going on in the couple’s lives in the weeks, days and even hours leading up to her crisis. Whitney Houston’s 22-year-old daughter is still in a medically induced coma and her condition is pretty much the same as it was when she was first admitted five weeks ago.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Born addicted – Port Huron Times Herald

Danielle Kurtz had been through withdrawal before. The 29-year-old Port Huron woman knew about the tremors, the vomiting, the relapses. But the symptoms took on new meaning when she entered her son’s hospital room in early November.

HEROIN – USA
NH drug czar: Addiction dragging state’s economy down – The Union Leader

Though the death rate from drug overdoses in Philadelphia has held relatively steady since the late 1990s, the Pennsylvania suburban counties and all of South Jersey have had such sharp increases in body counts their rates have as much as tripled – putting many on a par with the city’s rate, and in some cases surpassing it.

DRUG REHAB – USA
The End of Long-Term Drug Rehab – East Bay Express

State and federal officials are expected to eliminate funding for long-term residential drug treatment programs as part of an overhaul of MediCal.

ALCOHOL – USA
Stephen Moyer Opens Up For 1st Time About Alcohol Addiction – ABC News

“True Blood” star Stephen Moyer opened up about his past bouts with addiction during a panel for Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, a treatment facility in Los Angeles. Moyer has been sober for 14 years and has worked with CLARE for more than five years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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March 5, 2015

March 5, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Adam Meyer, Sports Betting Pro to the Stars, Sent to Drug Rehab by Federal Judge – Broward Palm Beach

Meyer, 42, the president and chief executive officer of sports betting consulting firm Real Money Sports Inc., has apparently failed four drug tests, one as recently as February 13, and has also failed to show up to other drug tests. He’s also ignored federal probation officers’ instructions to enroll in an inpatient rehab program.

DRUG REHAB – CHINA
Drug addicts struggling to reintegrate after rehab – English.CNTV.CN

China’s toughest ever campaign against drug abuse has attracted global attention. Official figures estimate that one out of every hundred Chinese is a drug user. Reporter Han Peng has spoken with drug addicts at a state-run rehab center, to shed some light on the struggles they are trying to cope with.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Abuse Linked To Indiana HIV Outbreak – Huffington Post

Since mid-December, there have been 27 confirmed and 10 preliminary — meaning they need to be confirmed with further testing — HIV-positive cases in the state. In all cases, the patients had reported injecting the prescription opioid oxymorphone hydrochloride, known by the brand name Opana.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin Addiction Increasingly Becoming A Young, White, Midwest Issues – CBS Local

A new report out today from the federal government says America’s growing addiction to heroin is reaching more teenagers and young adults. Those who die from heroin-related overdoses increasingly tend to be young, white and from the Midwest.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Here’s One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse – Huffington Post

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction — “clean” vs. “dirty,” “patient” vs. “addict” — can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease.

MARIJUANA – USA
Marijuana legalization carries risks, Ohio drug treatment leaders say – News-Herald.com

Legalizing marijuana in Ohio will not necessarily rid the state of problems with the leafy drug, said the leaders of two Lorain County agencies that deal with treatment for people struggling with addictions.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The New York Times On Drugs – Wrong, Naive Or Misleading? – Science 2.0

I never know what I’m going to find on the editorial pages of the New York Times. Sometimes I agree with them, and sometimes I don’t. But, they usually, at the very least, make sense. That streak ended on March 2nd, when the Times printed an editorial titled “Painkillers Abuses and Ignorance.”

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February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015

DESIGNER DRUGS – USA
Drug rehab center sees more cases of new designer drugs; Flakka and Budder becoming more popular – WPTV

Drug rehab experts say users are putting butane hash oil, known on the streets as Budder, in their vaporizers. This drug along with another new type of bath salt called Flakka, are becoming dangerously popular.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Arrests, drugs, rehab: All hell is breaking loose this NFL offseason – NJ.COM

The NFL off season is not even a week old but the league has already endured it’s share of unflattering off-the-field headlines.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Poison Pill – PSMag.com

How the American opiate epidemic was started by one pharmaceutical company.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opioid painkillers emerging as safety threat for elderly, study – Business Insurance.com

“Psychological and Physical Side Effects of Pain Medications” states that risk of death and unintentional injury is particularly high for elderly adults taking opioid painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Amy Poehler Speaks Out Following ‘Parks and Rec’ Producer’s Death – ExtraTV

Wittels was candid about his battle with drugs, revealing in interviews that he had used Oxycontin and heroin in the past.

MARIJUANA – USA
Colorado Sold Nearly 5 Million Marijuana Edibles in 2014 – Time

Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state’s grand experiment with legal marijuana. In the first annual report on supply and demand, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division disclosed on Friday that 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014.

MARIJUANA – USA
63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization – Pew Research

Support for legalizing marijuana has rapidly outpaced opposition, with a slim majority (52%) favoring its legal use as of October 2014. That trend is driven largely by the Millennial generation, who support marijuana at much higher rates than their elders.

ALCOHOL – Australia
FAMILY members who abuse alcohol behind half of reported child protection and domestic violence cases – News.com.au

Alcohol abuse is behind up to half of all child protection and reported domestic violence cases, a landmark new report shows.

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February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Methadone Works, so Why the Push to End Coverage? – News MPBN

Maine is in the grip of an opiate epidemic, and has been for the past 15 years. Heroin is firmly entrenched in the most rural parts of the state.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Addiction Specialists Take Aim at Maine’s Coverage Plan – News MPBN

Under his proposed two-year budget, Gov. Paul LePage wants to end MaineCare coverage for more than 3,000 methadone patients. They would still have the choice of continuing to pay for their medication out of pocket, or – under the governor’s plan – they could switch to two other treatments that involve the opiate replacement drugs Suboxone and Vivitrol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Forcing Addicts Onto Drug Treatment Few Doctors Willing to Provide – News MPBN

Suboxone and Vivitrol are also effective opiate replacement medications. But critics say the plan is medically inappropriate for many patients. And in part three of our series “State of Withdrawal,” Susan Sharon reports on another big challenge for the plan: a shortage of willing Suboxone providers.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Could medicinal marijuana be used to treat drug addiction? Some say yes – KOAA

Judith Miller, executive director of Courage to Change Ranch, an addiction recovery program, says that addicts using medical marijuana to replace other drugs is not the way to go. “For people who are going to live and establish a sustainable recovery program, marijuana adds to their addiction,” she says.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Save lives and money; fund drug treatment – Lancaster Online

Rick Kastner, executive director of Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, said the agency has always been “lowest system on the totem pole” for human services funding. Kastner’s agency has been out of money for inpatient treatment for at least two months. Substance abuse treatment funding suffers, no doubt, because many believe addictions to drugs and alcohol are moral failures.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub details past Oxycontin addiction – Bloody Elbow

Brendan Schaub was a guest Joe Rogan’s latest ‘Fight Companion’ podcast last Saturday, and the UFC heavyweight revealed some details about an addiction he had following his bout against Mirko Cro Cop in 2011. Schaub knocked out the MMA legend, but in the process of getting one of the biggest wins of his career, he also sustained a broken nose that required surgery. “It was the most pain I’ve ever been in,” Schaub said as he spoke about recovering from surgery. “Popping painkillers everyday. Got addicted to them.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Connecticut Nurse Among Highest Prescribers In U.S. – Courant

A Derby nurse practitioner was among the top 10 prescribers nationally of the most potent controlled substances in Medicare’s drug program in 2012 — an anomaly in a state where Medicare records show that nurse practitioners rarely prescribe such drugs, which have a high potential for abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller addiction crisis: Pa. prescription drug database faces lack of money – PennLive

State Sen. Pat Vance said Thursday that until two week ago she was sure the state would have a prescription drug database running by June 30. But then she learned there is presently no money in the state budget for the project, expected to cost $1 million.

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February 12, 2015

February 12, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Dying To Be Free – Huffington Post

Patrick Cagey walked out of a 30-day drug treatment center in Georgetown, Kentucky, dressed in gym clothes and carrying a Nike duffel bag. The moment reminds his father of Patrick’s graduation from college, and he takes a picture of his son with his cell phone. Patrick is 25. His face bright, he sticks his tongue out in embarrassment. Four days later, he will be dead from a heroin overdose.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – UK
Tory benefit clampdown on alcoholics, drug addicts and the obese – Express

Welfare claimants signed off work due to drug and alcohol addiction or being too fat could be stripped of sickness benefit if they refuse treatment under a new Tory crackdown.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Treatment, breaks on drug crimes urged in Utah prison reforms – Salt Lake City Tribune

Addicted to cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol, Damian Trujillo received his first prison sentence in 1998 when he was 19. He spent the next decade in and out of the Corrections system, never being able to kick his habits. It took a probation officer’s mercy to change his life and end his criminal behavior. That officer could have sent Trujillo to prison again, but instead got him into drug treatment.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Mother of drug-addicted infant going to prison – WREG

Jamillah Falls, the first woman to be arrested under a Tennessee state law for giving birth to a drug-addicted baby, is going to prison. She opted for the court-mandated treatment program and was in rehab for several months, but she opted for jail instead Thursday.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug Treatment Court Participation Down – Huffington Post

As reported in the December LA Times with the passage of Prop 47, Californians may see the demise of drug treatment courts for nonviolent drug offenders. While the judges and prosecutors may believe this is an unintended consequence, it is a benefit for those that use drugs recreationally as well as those that have drug issues. Charges that may have been treated as a felony may now be considered a misdemeanor. No longer facing a felony charge these individuals are free to opt out of the forced medical treatment imposed by the courts.

HEROIN – USA
The Wonder Drug – Slate

While the media was consumed last week with the debate over childhood vaccinations, the Obama administration, spurred on by a stunning investigation by the Huffington Post, quietly took an important step in another realm where medical science has been doing battle with ingrained superstition: heroin addiction.

DRUG TREATMENT – UKRAINE
Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban, says UN – The Guardian

Of 800 Crimean users who were on programmes using methadone or Buprenorphine, experts believe at least 10% have died. Reliable data from Russian authorities is hard to come by, but local rights activists believe the 10% figure is a conservative estimate. The deaths are “mostly overdoses or suicide” said Michel Kazatchkine, UN’s special envoy for HIV/Aids in the region.

ALCOHOL – USA
Episcopal Church in ‘denial’ over addiction, leader says – Baltimore Sun

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, a leader in the national church’s governing body, said the election last year of Heather Elizabeth Cook as the second-ranking bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in spite of her 2010 conviction for drunken driving is the latest example of why many believe the process is flawed.

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February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Sister begins fund for drug rehab facility after brother’s death – Medina Gazette

Kierstin Jenkins is determined not to let her brother’s death become another statistic. Alex Jenkins, 26, of Akron, died of a drug overdose on Monday. “I would like people to know that addiction affects everyone,” she said. “He had all these people in his life that were affected by his addiction.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / ALCOHOL – USA
Oklahoma reports rise in number of drug and alcohol addicted newborns – kxii.com

“Anything that gets put into a woman’s body, the baby gets, too,” said OB-GYN Kinion Whittington. Whittington says the rise reflects the high use of drugs in the Bryan County area, especially a spike in illegal use of prescription medications. “There’s been an increase in the use of Hydrocodone and Oxycontin in this area.”

HEROIN – USA
Bad heroin suspected in January deaths – The Citizen

There have been two possible overdose deaths and a third non-fatal suspected overdose in Peachtree City during January which could have been due to heroin. The potential exists that, unknown to the users, the heroin might have been laced with a powerful synthetic narcotic.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers Unlikely to Deter Addicts – Healthline

Recently released data show that fewer Americans are addicted to painkillers. It sounds like good news. But don’t be fooled into thinking America has a handle on its opiate addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Jury trial possible next year over widespread OxyContin addiction in Ky. – TribLive

Prescription drug abuse has killed more than 20,000 Americans a year, filled jails and treatment centers, and spawned a resurgence in heroin use. And nowhere is the pill problem more prevalent than in Kentucky’s Appalachians, where officials trace its roots to the aggressive marketing of one potent drug: OxyContin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin – WWLP

The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice. Now, more than 50 years later, a study from JAMA paints a very different picture.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION– USA
Ocean State addresses high drug, alcohol addiction rates – Brown Daily Herald

Rhode Island has recently found itself at the top of some undesirable lists — the state came in third in alcohol poisoning deaths and first in illicit drug use, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control. Topping national rankings, R.I. considers less punitive drug policies, more treatment spending.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA / MEXICO
Narco-drone laden with methamphetamine crashes near US-Mexico border – Fox News

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

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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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