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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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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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