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June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

HEROIN – USA
Heroin overdose deaths surpass cocaine fatalities in Milwaukee – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lisa first noticed her sister was becoming distant last summer. The track marks on her arm were an ominous warning. In August, Olivia overdosed on heroin. That time, and after a second overdose in October, Olivia recovered. Last month, she didn’t. It’s been almost a month since Lisa Marmolejo buried her little sister.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The dangers of Adderall – NBC

The alarm bell was sounded Thursday for what apparently is a new drug of choice among college students who pull “all nighters”. The new study drug is Adderall, a stimulant that is potentially dangerous. Senator Chuck Schumer says its use is spreading. He says as many as 35% of college students use Adderall. It can be addictive just like Vicodin and Oxycontin and we don’t want that to happen.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – Spain
‘Letting teens get drunk at home is child abuse’ – The Local

Spain is mulling the possibility of fining the parents of children who repeatedly end up with alcohol poisoning as a way of tackling the growing problem of alcohol poisoning among the country’s youth.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Troubled youth kicking it ‘old skool’ at San Fran bistro – CNN

As a juvenile corrections officer in Southern California, Teresa Goines found it rewarding to work with troubled youth and help them turn their lives around. The hardest part usually came after their release. “They’d be super excited, ready to start a new life,” she said. “They’d be put in the exact same environment, though, so they’d reoffend, and they’d come back.” Goines felt that by sending these young men home without enough support to keep them on the right track, the system was essentially setting them up to fail.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Do MLB Players Deserve Suspension or Drug Rehab? – Huffington Post

Within the last 24 hours the sports world has gone into an uproar over the recent announcement that over 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) players could potentially being suspended due to a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) scandal.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin maker settles lawsuit with Kentucky county – Courier-Journal

Pike County, Ky., has settled its claims against Purdue Pharma over the company’s narcotic painkiller OxyContin — reportedly for $4 million — but the state is forging ahead with the lawsuit.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
More People Going To Rehab For Synthetic Drug Abuse – NewsWest9.com

Its use has been linked to several crimes mainly because its effects are unpredictable and the problem is synthetic drugs are all too easy to get.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Patient safety may have been put at risk by U of T pain lectures: doctor

Almost 1,400 former University of Toronto medical students have been contacted by the school and told to disregard the teaching materials they were given regarding the prescription pain killer oxycodone. “It struck me as odd that oxycodone was being represented as a weak opioid with codeine, when in fact, it’s about one and a half times more potent than morphine, which was identified only as a strong opioid, quite appropriately,” he said.

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May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

DRUG DETOX – USA
Philip Seymour Hoffman Detox: Actor Entered Treatment For Drug Abuse – Huffington Post

Hoffman checked into a detox facility on the East Coast for 10 days after a prescription drug problem that started over a year ago escalated to him snorting heroin. He reportedly only used heroin for about a week before he realized he needed to seek help.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A Granite Bay dad’s wild attempt to save his OxyContin-addicted son – Sacramento News & Review

Brad DeHaven calls it “our family’s dirty little secret.” By age 17, his oldest son, Brandon, was selling and developing an addiction to the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin. Here was what seemed to be a normal, upstanding Granite Bay family, but DeHaven and his wife Lisa were ill-equipped to deal with Brandon’s problem.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Jolly completes drug treatment program, cleared to return – NBC Sports

Some players are held up from joining their NFL team until their college class graduates. But for Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, the degree he received yesterday is far more important.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Tried To Score Drugs In Rehab By Inviting Her Old Drug Dealer To Visit?! – Perez Hilton

We’ve heard the starlet is going crazy without her Adderall, but it seems she could be craving something a little more potent as new reports claim the former child star invited her old friend/drug dealer to visit her at Betty Ford.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Adderall Abuse as Final Exam Study Aid ‘Trending’ Among U.S. Students – Science Daily

A growing number of U.S. college students are abusing the ADHD medication Adderall to give them an academic edge, and they’re tweeting about it.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lil Scrappy Fails Drug Test, Heading To Rehab For Kush – HipHopWired

Lil Scrappy believes he’s addicted to weed … and after failing a court-ordered drug test, the rapper will enter a rehab facility for treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
How OxyContin’s Pain Relief Built ‘A World Of Hurt’ – NPR

Prescription painkillers are among the most widely used drugs in America. In the decade since New York Times reporter Barry Meier began investigating their use and abuse, he says he has seen the number of people dying from overdoses quadruple — an increase Meier calls “staggering.”

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May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Abuse-resistant OxyContin will be only version available: FDA – Los Angeles

Three years after it approved a version of the opioid analgesic OxyContin designed to discourage the painkiller’s abuse, the Food and Drug Administration has effectively barred the original form of the drug from ever reaching the legal U.S. market. The agency says it will approve no new applications from generic drug manufacturers to produce cheaper versions of OxyContin in its original form.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Video: Gov. Christie touts Jim McGreevey’s jailhouse drug rehab program as model alternative to war on drugs “failure” – NJ.com

After teary-eyed testimonials from a dozen prisoners, Christie calls the program a model for his efforts to expand drug courts, which require criminals with substance abuse problems to get treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Gaps in prescription drug abuse treatment exist despite Missoula effort – Missoulian

In 2001, the number of people in Montana whose deaths were linked to prescription drugs was 112. The number of people in Missoula who died then from pills? Eleven. One decade later, the Missoula community had put the spotlight on the problem and launched an effort to address it. But the number of Missoulians who still died? Twenty-two. And the number of Montanans whose deaths were tied to prescription drugs was 192.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Chats With Piers Morgan About Drugs, Rehab – Hollywood Reporter

Prior to Lindsay Lohan entering rehab at the Betty Ford Center to receive 90 days of treatment, the starlet spoke candidly about partying, drinking, drugs and getting advice from Meryl Streep. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves,” Lohan said about rehab. “I think people want to see me do that. They will keep saying the same things about me if I don’t.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Brooke Mueller in rehab for prescription drug abuse, rep says – Los Angeles Times

Brooke Mueller, ex-wife of Charlie Sheen and mother to his twin boys, has been getting treatment for prescription drug abuse since Friday. Brook had her children taken away and given to Charlie’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards.

ALCOHOL – UK
As someone who uses alcohol as a prop myself, I can see there’s a problem – Guardian

A new health report focuses on the problems alcohol is causing, rather than the problems that make people drink. Still, either way: there’s a problem

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Is Lindsay Lohan Getting Drugs in Rehab? – Cambio

LiLo is currently at The Betty Ford Center and TMZ reports that she IS being administered Adderall, a highly addictive prescription drug that many people abuse to help suppress appetite. While the drug is supposed to treat ADHD and Lindsay has obtained a prescription for it, her need for the drug has been called into question in the past.

ALCOHOL – USA
Barrington group warns of alcohol abuse during graduation, prom season – Barrington Courier-Review

With prom and graduation season nearing, the Barrington Area Drug Prevention Coalition is reminding parents and their children to be safe. “We talked about the strategies that go through our minds to prevent getting into certain situations,” said Meredith Slott, a BHS senior who was on the panel. The students said parental involvement is extremely important. Some parents also expressed frustration for what they see as a lack of supervision on the part of other parents. “Parent involvement is huge,” said Scott Nelson, another BHS senior on the panel. “A lot of times you can have great kids but an irresponsible parent can make all the difference.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin a gateway to heroin for upper-income addicts – USA Today

Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.

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April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

DRUG REHAB – AUSTRALIA
Demand Rises For Holistic Alcohol & Drug Rehab, Australian Addiction And Trauma Treatment Centre Enquiries Increase 50% – San Francisco Gate

Over the past year, the demand for natural mental health services and alcohol & drug rehabilitation at The Australian Addiction and Trauma Treatment Centre has risen. The holistic centre has experienced a 50% enquiry increase from those seeking an alternative approach to healing.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
3 Doors Down Bassist Enters Rehab – Pollstar

The latest news about 3 Doors Down’s Robert Todd Harrell is that he’s voluntarily checked into a drug treatment facility. The bassist, who is facing charges including vehicular homicide by intoxication, was released from jail Tuesday on $100,000 bond.

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
Mandatory rehab for drunks – Katherine Times

Repeat problem drinkers in Katherine will be required to undertake mandatory alcohol rehabilitation under a new plan to reduce alcohol related harm and anti-social behaviour. Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation, Robyn Lambley, said a new approach was required to end the cycle of alcohol abuse in the region.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Study finds many parents underestimate dangers of teens abusing prescription drugs – Fox News

More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug, alcohol rehab: an empty promise? – Delmarva Now

The repeated failure of drug/alcohol rehabilitation can be attributed to a single factor: It only addresses the symptoms, i.e., the act of abusing alcohol or drugs. In large part, it ignores the individual’s emotional and behavioral attitudes that brought on the addictions to begin with.

ALCOHOL /COCAINE – USA
Paul Williams is a ‘Loved One’ – overcoming substance abuse to hit the high notes – New York Daily News

The famed songwriter and actor – now playing at the Cafe Carlyle – returned from the brink to come back clean and sober with a message of gratitude and trust. “The fact is I did rehab twice and was never ‘outed’ by the press,” he says.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – UK
Sharon Osbourne ‘Devastated’ by Ozzy Osbourne’s Relapse – Rolling Stone

Sharon Osbourne is “devastated” by her husband Ozzy Osbourne’s relapse into drinking and taking drugs over the past year and a half. “Everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire life and I never knew that he was using prescription drugs,” Sharon Osbourne said.

ALCOHOL – USA
’10 Ways Alcohol is Shaping Our Future’ Infographic – amog.com

Most of us like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time. And, for the responsible adults out there who do partake in the occasional drink, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, as we should be aware, there is a dark side to alcohol.

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December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Brooke Mueller ‘enters rehab for 19th time after overdosing on powerful ADHD drug Adderall’ – Daily Mail

Brooke Mueller is said to have entered rehab due to addiction issues with prescription medication. The ex-wife of Charlie Sheen is apparently hooked on Adderall – a powerful psycho-stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It makes it the 19th time the reality star and actress has checked into rehab, according to TMZ.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Prisoners face long wait for drug-rehab services – USA Today

Although drug offenders represent the single-largest category of prisoners in the burgeoning federal prison system, thousands wait months to begin drug education or rehabilitation because of staff shortages and limited resources, according to federal investigators.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol Pricing Policies Save Lives and Increase Profits, Experts Say – Science Daily

Setting minimum prices for alcohol increases health and economic benefits, say international experts, who met December 10 for a seminar on alcohol pricing and public health. “There is a lot of evidence that says higher pricing of alcohol is a powerful way to control consumption and lower negative affects.”

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
‘Celeb Rehab’ Star Cheating Drug Tests with Bogus Urine
– TMZ.com

“Celebrity Rehab” star Kari Ann Peniche is once again in danger of losing custody of her child … after new evidence surfaced which shows she’s ordering urine off the Internet and injecting it into her own genitalia in order to pass drug tests.

DRUG REHAB – RUSSIA
Rehab or jail: Drug-addicts to have choice – rt.com

The Russian Drugs Watchdog is developing a program for those who are arrested after being found high on narcotics. The offenders will be able to choose between custody and treatment at a detox center. Prosecution of individuals who appear in public while being intoxicated is common in Europe and the US. Experience shows that when an addict must decide between prison and rehabilitation, 100 per cent go for the treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
FDA panel votes ‘no’ on stronger version of highly-addictive painkiller hydrocodone – Star Tribune

Government health experts overwhelmingly voted against a stronger version of hydrocodone on Friday, questioning the need for a new form of one of most widely abused prescription painkillers.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug felons turn their lives around by graduating from rehab program – Sun Times

For over two decades, Timothy Gulley was afraid to face his family because he was embarrassed about his drug addiction. The Far South Side man also stole things from his mother’s house and had a tendency to leave the door unlocked, his relatives said. But now, thanks to a Cook County drug court rehabilitation program, Gulley, 52, is clean and regularly spends time with his loved ones. “It feels so good,” Gulley said.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol abuse often plays role in crimes
– Bismarck Tribune

Alcohol abuse cannot explain away crime. Intoxication cannot be used as a legal defense in court. But the prevalence of alcohol abuse in crime reports cannot be ignored.

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July 21, 2012

July 21, 2012

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug rehab center in Thailand shows out British rocker Pete Doherty, says he wouldn’t commit – Washington Post

Troubled British rocker Pete Doherty was asked to cut short his one-month stay at a high-end drug rehabilitation center in Thailand because he would not forswear his desire for drugs, an official at the center said Thursday.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Deadly dangers of prescription painkiller addiction – Carolina Live

Both women say they didn’t recognize the signs of prescription drug addiction initially, but eventually became educated about it and realized their loved ones had a problem. Now, they’re working together to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol abuse in final year a factor in 78 per cent of suicide deaths – Irish Times

Nearly four out of five people who died through suicide in a 2½-year period in Cork had been abusing alcohol in the year prior to their death.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Gov. Christie signs bill that gives non-violent drug offenders rehab instead of jail time – The Star-Ledger‎

The measure expands the types of crimes that can be considered as criteria for inmates eligible for drug court and it makes it mandatory not voluntary as had previously been the case for those who qualify.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Do ‘Study Drugs’ Breed a Nation of Winners — or Cheaters? – Huffington Post

Performance-enhancing drugs used to be a “sports” problem. Now they are an issue for anyone who wants to stay competitive in school. Disproportionately, it is the teens earning As and Bs, striving to get into the nation’s top universities — not the stereotypical druggies — who are finding themselves sidelined by a stint in drug rehab for prescription drug abuse.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin use surging in America – WPTV

With addicts desperate for a cheaper high than prescription drugs or seeking a more powerful fix, experts are seeing heroin addiction treatment admissions, overdoses and fatalities rising in nearly every region, including areas where the drug has seldom been seen before.

BATH SALTS – USA
Bath salts: Treating users new territory for hospitals, rehab – Utica Observer Dispatch

As bath salts use has skyrocketed in the area, there’s no physician’s manual for treating patients on these drugs that have only been around since late 2010. Emergency room doctors sometimes have given patients high on bath salts 50 times the standard dose of a sedative.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE – UK
Elton John Regrets Past Drug And Alcohol Abuse – RTT News

In a new interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer, Elton John admitted to regretting his past drug abuse. “You know, I was having people die right, left and center around me, friends,” he said. “And yet, I didn’t stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It’s that — you know, it’s that bad of a disease.”

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June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

DRUG REHAB – USA
Terminator 3 actor Nick Stahl ‘missing for four days after checking himself out of rehab – Daily Mail

He went missing back in May before entering a rehabilitation facility to address drug and alcohol addiction. And it seems that Terminator 3 star Nick Stahl has once again vanished after checking himself out.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE – USA
Wash. State Univ. combats rise in drug, sex abuse – The Seattle Times

“We aren’t any different from any other major university, but we do have a rising number of students involved in alcohol, drug and sex abuse.”

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The Situation’s friend ‘The Unit’ due in court on drug charges – Examiner.com

The Ocean County Courthouse is about to become a revolving door of Jersey Shore stars. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino’s friend Johnny ‘The Unit’ Manfre is due in court next week to answer drug charges. In January, Manfre was arrested for possession of Ketamine (more commonly called ‘Special K’).

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION
Charles Rogers in jail, headed to treatment facility – NBCSports.com

Charles Rogers, the former Lions receiver who was one of the biggest busts in the history of the NFL draft, is in trouble with the law again. Rogers failed a drug test before a previous court hearing, and he has a long history of failing drug tests, going all the way back to the 2003 Scouting Combine.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Roseville mom faces child abuse charges in death of daughter, 2 – Modesto Bee

A Roseville mother is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of child abuse in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter after the Placer County coroner found the child died of acute alcohol poisoning and malnutrition.

HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Heroin, Prescription Drug Use Continues Grip on MN – Northland’s NewsCenter

The Minnesota Department of Human Services says that heroin and prescription drug abuse continues to rise in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, according to a report released Tuesday.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drugs for Grades: The tame, constricted rebellion that is Adderall addiction – Slate Magazine

Even the phrase “the study drug” seems mildly contradictory, an oddly tame and constructive form of rebellion, a prescription drug abuse with a very modest, one could say almost praiseworthy goal: to concentrate a little better on a paper or test.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
An Unintended Consequence of Weight-Loss Surgery: Alcohol Abuse – ‎
Wall Street Journal

Some people who undergo weight-loss surgery end up trading their struggle with food for one with alcohol – but perhaps not for the reason you think.

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November 13, 2011

November 13, 2011

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Methamphetamine tied to schizophrenia: What explains link? – CBS News

Can crystal meth cause madness? Maybe so. Heavy use of methamphetamine is associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia, Canadian researchers say.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin takes heavy toll on users – Seattle Today

Ann Seebeck of Kirkwood visits a tree planted in memory of her son, Chris Seebeck, on Monday Oct. 17, 2011, in Kirkwood Park. Chris Seebeck overdosed in the basement of his parents’ Kirkwood home in 2010 at the age of 27. St. Louis is in the third year of a heroin epidemic that is killing at unprecedented rates.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
November is Alcohol Awareness Month – The Daily Reporter

Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions. In common and historic usage, alcoholism is any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverage, despite health problems and negative social consequences.

HEROIN – USA
Heart attack was really a heroin overdose – WDEL

Once she was revived, it was discovered the Pennsylvania woman drove her car into the CVS on Delaware Avenue as the result of a heroin overdose.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS/HEROIN – USA
Connecting problems: Heroin and abuse of prescription drugs – Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Before 2000, heroin was a “non-issue” in the state, she says. That’s changed over the last decade, spurred by a “perfect storm” that includes availability here of purer, cheaper heroin and the increased use of prescription painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
My Teenager Is A Drug Addict – A Father’s Story – The Patch

“These are not street drugs that have stolen the last two years of my son’s life and put him near death – they are drugs in everyday, ordinary people’s homes that they are leaving exposed and available to our youth in town.”

ALCOHOL ABUSE – UK
Alarm at growing addiction problems among professionals – The Guardian

Experts are calling for urgent action to tackle the “significant challenge” of rising levels of alcoholism and substance abuse among professionals including doctors, dentists and lawyers. Doctors are three times more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver than the general population.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription meds are becoming stimulants of choice on college campuses – Memphis Commercial Appeal

Drug abuse on college campuses is no longer limited to binge drinking and illegal drugs. Across the nation, prescription drugs are now the second most-abused drug after marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Abuse: The New Killer on the Block – Huffington Post

Every 14 minutes a person dies of a drug overdose in the United States. This means more than 35,000 deaths every year, exceeding motor vehicle crashes, homicides and suicides! What once dominated the world of overdoses in the U.S., namely heroin, has been eclipsed by the prescription painkillers.

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August 7, 2011

August 7, 2011

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Officials warn of prescription drugs in schools – WVLT

Maryville City school officials worry more kids are abusing prescription pills like Oxycontin, Percocet and Adderall.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
No shame, only hope, in fighting your child’s drug addiction – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Really, really good kids become addicted to drugs, and really, really good kids lie, cheat and steal to protect that addiction. The change doesn’t happen overnight.

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Lib Dems to vote to decriminalise all drug use – The Independent

The proposed reform is based on legislation in Portugal, where the personal use of any controlled drug is no longer a criminal offense.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Former Judge Richard Baumgartner tells his story of drug use – WBIR-TV

Drug addiction can happen to anyone. A criminal court judge for more than a decade, Richard Baumgartner was a family face at community function focused on the prevention of crime and drugs. However, the shocking revelation of his own addiction forced him to step down from the bench.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Michael Jackson’s doctor sued for fueling his drug addiction – Star Lounge

Michael Jackson’s dermatologist Arnold Klein has been accused of fueling the pop star’s addiction to prescription drugs.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Army hiring more counselors for alcohol abuse – ‎The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The army is increasing its staff of substance abuse counselors by about 30 percent to help the rising number of troops with alcohol problems.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
What Parents Should Know About Party Schools – LifeGoesStrong

Headline-grabbing is list of top party schools put out by Princeton Review inevitably draws protests from administrators at the “winning” schools and probably lots of interest from potential students. But most parents look at this list in horror – as they should. You’re paying a fortune for your kid to get an education, not for partying.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Unscrupulous pain clinic operators give good doctors a bad rap – Knoxville News Sentinel

Every month for two years, Freddie McMahan would get in his Lincoln LS and drive to a nearby pain clinic, where a doctor would prescribe him a cocktail of narcotic drugs. Initial prescriptions for codeine and Demerol to treat McMahan’s scoliosis eventually led to large amounts of OxyContin, Xanax and morphine. By the third week of his month’s supply, McMahan would run out, leaving him scrambling to get his fix somewhere else or go into withdrawal.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Our view: All must join war to put meth labs out of business – Utica Observer Dispatch

It’s time to go to war. Looking the other way is no longer an option because the losers in this fight could very well be your neighbors, your friends or even your own family. This war is against methamphetamine. Perhaps it’s being made right now in a home near yours. Methamphetamine is ugly. Users inject it, smoke it, snort it or swallow it. It affects the central nervous system, and is highly addictive. Results: Anxiety, psychotic and violent behavior, paranoia and brain damage. Addicts can die from continued use, if not before.

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December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010

HEROIN – GLOBAL
WikiLeaks cables: ‘Taliban treats heroin stocks like savings accounts’ – The Guardian

The United Nations’ drugs czar told Nato that Afghan insurgents were withholding thousands of tonnes of heroin and treating their drugs like “savings …

METH LAB – USA
Hawkins deputies wrangle monkeys at meth lab raid – Kingsport Times News ‎

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is well trained and experienced in a variety of meth lab scenarios, but they entered …

COCAINE, HEROIN – AUSTRALIA
Sailors use Navy ships to ‘import cocaine, heroin’ – ABC Online ‎

The Navy has been rocked by allegations of an organized drug ring, with claims that kilos of cocaine and heroin have been brought …

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Polk County Narcotics Enforcement Team respond to meth lab explosion – Examiner.com ‎

On the evening of December 17, 2010, the Polk County Police Department was called to the scene of a meth lab explosion at 2050 Old Cedartown Road, …

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – FLORIDA
Detectives investigate doctors in prescription-abuse fight – Orlando Sentinel ‎

But, authorities say, the probes are necessary to help curb the state’s prescription-drug-abuse epidemic and help stop overdoses in Central Florida. …

ECSTASY – UK
THIS is the huge haul of dangerous drugs seized by police after raids in South Tyneside – Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette‎

The pills are part of a potentially fatal batch of club drug Ecstasy that left five people in hospital after taking the pills on Saturday night. …

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
‘Smart drug’ abuse rising on Wisconsin campuses – WisconsinWatch.org

However, he cautions the actual number of students suffering from prescription drug abuse is greater than the number seeking help.

ALCOHOL – USA
How to have a less boozy holiday – Times LIVE ‎

The US-based National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers some common sense guidelines for keep your drinking in check. …

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