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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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October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

ALCOHOL/DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Alcoholism, Drug Addiction Among Seniors Expected To Triple By 2020 – Huffington Post

The aging boomer population — which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent — has some addiction experts concerned.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Misuse of legal drugs increasing – The Province

The arrest of more than three dozen people on drug charges at a Boeing military aircraft plant highlights the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in U.S. workers. Even with the gaps in testing, evidence shows that prescription drug abuse on the job is on the rise. Forty per cent more American workers tested positive for opiates, or painkillers.

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment – Huffington Post

The UK is rife with talk of drug legalisation. First, because most illicit drug use is either benign or at least innocuous. Second, because even when addiction is involved, punishment is not the right answer. Third, because the prohibition of drugs has really been a mess – both costly and futile. Unsurprisingly, many oppose these imminent changes.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
BRiDGES Receives Grant to Address Underage Drinking Among College Students – Madison County Courier

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez recently announced federal grant awards totaling $100,000 to five statewide prevention providers to address underage drinking among college students.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug legalization: Wrong lesson of Prohibition – Baltimore Sun

Prohibition — America’s notoriously “failed social experiment” to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this past week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns’ highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug-legalization advocates who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look at what resulted from alcohol prohibition and its relevance to today’s anti-drug effort reveals a far more nuanced picture than the legalization lobby might like to admit.

COCAINE – USA
Colombian Drug Lord Pleads Guilty, Cooperates with Prosecutors – Fox News

A Colombian drug lord who moved tons of cocaine into the U.S. pleaded guilty – and is now cooperating with authorities. Jaime Alberto Marín-Zamora, 47, who smuggled at least 30 tons of cocaine into the country, pleaded guilty to a single cocaine trafficking conspiracy charge.

PARTY DRUGS – UK
Stonham Aspal/Ipswich: Mother’s party drug warning after son takes his life – East Anglian Daily Times

A mother has warned of the lethal dangers of party drugs after her son killed himself while trying to beat his addiction to the little-known substance GBL.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drug-awareness training planned for UA freshmen – Arizona Daily Star

Hundreds of freshmen will get drug-abuse awareness training at the University of Arizona this week. It’s part of a week of educational activities planned by college students, partly in remembrance of a popular fraternity member who died after overdosing on prescription drugs and alcohol at a party in April.

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May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Drug laws: 40 years on, only a complete change of approach will do – The Guardian

It is 40 years since Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act. It is remarkable how utterly the system has failed. Drugs are available to anyone who really wants them.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG REHAB – USA
Patrick Kennedy discusses decision to leave Congress – Providence Journal

His public career was “not conducive” to his recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, the former Rhode Island congressman said in a television interview to be aired nationwide on Sunday.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE – USA
Poor economy, drug abuse driving crime, police say – Enterprise News

Fueled by the downturn in the economy and a rise in illegal use of prescription drugs, crime has surged locally and across New England, law enforcement officials say. “It’s the pills, and they inevitably lead to heroin abuse,” said East Bridgewater Sgt. Scott Allen. “It’s the No. 1 problem we’re facing with right now.”

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
California deputies find mom eating methamphetamine with 4-year old – Washington Post

Investigators say a Southern California mother with her 4-year-old daughter on her lap was eating methamphetamine when deputies arrived at her desert home.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Overall drug-related deaths drop in Oregon – East Oregonian

Statewide, the total number of drug-related deaths dropped in 2010 compared to the year before, but methamphetamine-related deaths rose dramatically.

ECSTASY – USA
Ecstasy drug dulls the brain, study reveals – Empowered News

Ecstasy drug use inflicts long-term and possibly permanent changes to brain tissue, a new study appearing in this month’s issue of Neuropsychopharmacology reveals.

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
Australia arrests 1600 ‘boozed-up idiots’ – AFP

The trans-Tasman “Operation Unite”, a two-day blitz on public alcohol abuse and related crime that ended Sunday, was the latest attempt to hammer home the …

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
University joins group fighting high-risk alcohol use – The Daily Princetonian

The new initiative aims to lower the rate of binge drinking and frequency of destructive behavior that results from binge drinking on college campuses by bringing together teams of students, faculty and administrators from schools across the nation. Princeton is one of 13 colleges to have signed onto the project, with seven more expected to join before June.

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May 8, 2011

May 8, 2011

DRUG REHAB – USA
Rob Lowe: ‘I loved going to rehab’ – Digital Spy

Lowe, who entered rehab for drug and sex addiction in 1988 after a sex tape scandal, said that it was an “amazing experience”, because he was ready to start living his life the way he wanted. Charlie Sheen is wrong.

HEROIN – CANADA
Canada’s high court to rule on safe-injection site – Toronto Star

Supporters say it also reduces the spread of HIV and hepatitis, and curbs crime and open drug use. The federal government rejects that evidence, arguing the facility fosters addiction and runs counter to its tough-on-crime agenda.

DRUG ABUSE – AUSTRALIA
Our Say: Tackling drugs use in schools – The Cairns Post

THE State Government needs to strike a balance when it comes to dealing with drug use in schools. Educating students on the horrific consequences drugs have on the lives of those suffering addiction and their families would be a good start. Students suspended or expelled for being caught with illegal substances should be given a more intensive insight, no matter how confronting it may be, to try to stem what is a major problem in the community.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Dave Gahan says it’s a myth that musicians need drugs to be creative – Examiner.com

Artists don’t have to suffer to create art, said Depeche Mode’s lead vocalist Dave Gahan, as he discussed drug addiction on the red carpet at the 7th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit. Later in the evening, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler presented Gahan the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award on behalf of the organization.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State cash will ease federal cuts for Maine Drug Enforcement Agency – Kennebec Journal

The cuts come at a time when urban police departments cite an increase in violent crime associated with drug addiction and rural agencies struggle with prescription drug diversion — also a byproduct of addiction. “There is not another issue in this state that affects communities and law enforcement as much as the drug issue.”

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Ex-drug addict Robert Hayes fights his way out of homelessness with comic strip – Philadelphia Inquirer

Together, the two men created “Li’l Addict,” a comic strip that tells Hayes’ life story as rawly as he has lived it. Hayes writes the narrative, creating fictional versions of the unsavory characters that dominated his alcohol- and drug-dependent years.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Carolina DeLuca: Parents must be vigilant against alcohol use – Livingston Daily

‎Terry decided to challenge herself by downing 15 shots. Of course, she became drunk with all the unpleasantness that it entails. Terry’s friend supported her during the whole night as she lay sick on the bathroom floor. The whole night that Terry was struggling, she was actually dying. Erroneously, the parents reasoned that if they monitored what the girls drank, and if Terry stayed overnight, not driving home, that she would be safe. This is not uncommon

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION/HEROIN – USA
Pain pill addicts use heroin when money gets tight, drug study says – Middletown Journal

The over prescription of opioid medications — like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and methadone — is not only leading to increased overdose rates on those drugs, but may be leading to an increase in heroin use.

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April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
80000 on benefits in UK due to addiction, obesity – Reuters

More than 21200 alcoholics and drug addicts have been receiving the payments for over 10 years.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Steven Tyler tackles drug addiction, Aerosmith via NBC special – Examiner.com

American Idol judge Steven Tyler will discuss the current season, overcoming a drug addiction and Aerosmith on a NBC special announced Thursday.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Jails shouldn’t ignore drug withdrawal symptoms – Tulsa World

“Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of drug addiction, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drug Addiction Beyond The Cities – The Atlantic

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced plans to fight prescription drug addiction nationally, noting that it was now killing more people than crack cocaine in the 1980s and heroin in the 1970s combined.

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Charity Pays Thousands of Drug Addicts to Get Sterilized – Opposing Views

Barbara Harris believes that the best thing you can do for drug addicts is to pay for their sterilization. Harris and her American “charitable” organization, Project Prevention, made news late last year by offering UK drug addicts £200 if they would spend it to get sterilized.

DRUG REHAB – USA
No.1 method for cutting recidivism among addicts? Don’t send people to jail
vtdigger.org

Because using and possessing some drugs is illegal, drug addicts are often thrown in jail before they get treatment for their addiction — even if the only law they broke was using and possessing the drug.

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Dealer put pressure on addict over debts – Staffordshire Newsletter

A Stafford heroin addict forced to become a pusher to pay his drug debts has been jailed for two years. He was aiming to beat his drug addiction and intended to move away from the area.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
“Blast” alcohol drink blasted by Maine AG – ‎WGME

They’re talking about Blast – an alcoholic drink made by Colt 45, and served in a 23.5 ounce can with a 12-percent alcohol content.

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February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

DRUG ADDICTION AND REHAB – MEXICO
Rehab: A Public Nightmare in Tijuana – San Diego Reader ‎

Right before they ask for a donation, they mention the benefits of drug rehabilitation. Most of them are young men, but it is possible to spot women as well. They usually sell chocolate, lollypops, canned sodas, water, and even incense.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug users leaving treatment centers in Illinois, service providers say – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • Social service providers say drug addicts are walking out of detox centers around Illinois this week, upon learning that the state government is eliminating funding for substance abuse treatment services, in a move expected to save $53 million.

HEROIN – UK
Patsy Palmer: ‘I’m glad I turned down heroin’ – What’s On TV ‎

In an interview due to air on ITV1 in the next few weeks, Patsy told how she was offered heroin once but refused as she feared she might end up like her drug-addict brother. According to The Sun, Patsy said: “I was offered heroin once, I remember it well.”

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
McMinn Co Sheriff Challenges Retailers Not to Sell Main Component in Meth – WDEF News 12

Wolfenden is on the front line in the war against methamphetamine. The pharmacist already keeps over the counter drugs with pseudoephedrine, a chief component in meth, behind the counter at his Cleveland and Athens stores. But now Sheriff Joe Guy wants to take it a step further.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Mother of children who died in fire denied bond – Atlanta Journal Constitution‎

Neibi Brito, 22, whose children died in what police suspect was a fire caused by chemicals used in methamphetamine production, is being held without bond, pending a preliminary hearing this Wednesday.

ECSTASY – CANADA
Candy-shaped drugs unsafe: RCMP – CBC ‎

Police are worried teenagers are being duped into believing the illegal drug ecstasy is not dangerous. RCMP Cpl. Steve Conohan said traffickers are selling ecstasy pills that look like valentine’s candies to suggest they are harmless.

ECSTASY – USA
The puzzling controversy over an Ecstasy fact card – Los Angeles Times‎

As a physician who has researched and written extensively about MDMA, I took a keen interest in the Ecstasy fact card controversy developing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is taking quite a bit of heat …

ALCOHOL – USA
Ala. bans drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine – Bloomberg ‎

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has banned the sale in Alabama of canned beer-like drinks that combine caffeine and alcohol. This includes the drink Four Loko, which is popular on some college campuses.

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December 29, 2010

December 29, 2010

DRUG REHAB – USA
Art program at Johnson Museum helps addiction recovery effort – Ithaca Journal ‎

Groups of about 20 from CARS and the Van Dyke Addiction Treatment Center in Ovid come to the museum twice a month. Ryan takes the groups on a tour and …

DRUG REHAB – IRAQ
Iran plans to set up 5 drug rehab centers – Press TV

Iran plans to set up five new rehabilitation centers to treat thousands of drug addicts in the provinces of Isfahan, Kerman, Khorasan, Sistan-Baluchestan, …

HEROIN/COCAINE – USA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Trio of Royal Caribbean Crewmembers Charged With Smuggling Heroin and Cocaine – Cruise Critic

While Baltimore was spared from the worst of the weekend snow, crewmembers from Royal Caribbean’s Charm City-based Enchantment of the Seas were charged on Tuesday in connection with another sort of white powder.

HEROIN – IRELAND
Galway in grip of growing heroin crisis – Galway Bay FM

The scale of Ireland’s heroin problem has been brought into sharp focus by a new pan-European report which concluded that seven in every 1000 people in Ireland are heroin users.

METH LABS – USA
Cheyenne officials try to deal with ‘meth house’ – Billings Gazette ‎

Associated Press Eric Wade Miller pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine lab equipment in his former residence in Cheyenne, Wyo., following a probe …

PARTY DRUGS – UK
Fears over new legal party drugs that are ‘as dangerous as cocaine’ – Daily Mail ‎

‘It is becoming increasingly clear that ‘legal highs’ are far from harmless and can have similar health risks to drugs like cocaine, Ecstasy and speed. …

COCAINE – USA
Cocaine Eggs Found at LAX – NBC Los Angeles

Agents said the traveler told them the eggs were for his two children

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Pill Mill Problem in Florida: Fighting Prescription Abuse Amid Rise of “Pill Tourism” – Catholic Online‎

This investigation has shed light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Florida. Florida leads the nation in dispensing oxycodone, …

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse is fastest-growing drug problem in country – Chicago Sun-Times

The Highland Park couple has since made a full-time job of educating teens and their parents about prescription drug abuse, the fastest-growing drug problem …

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December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

DRUG TREATMENT/DRUG COURT – USA
CA’s Budget Woes Put the Squeeze on Drug Offender Treatment – Newstalk1290 KPAY

California’s budget crisis is putting the squeeze on a novel approach that sent low-level drug offenders to treatment programs instead of prisons or …

HEROIN – UK
New record set as heroin worth £2m is seized – Herald Scotland

Police in Edinburgh have made their largest single haul of heroin after seizing £2 million-worth of the drug in a raid. About a dozen officers from Lothian …

HEROIN – USA
USC employee says heroin made him do it – The State

Addiction to heroin led former University of South Carolina employee Lawrence Godwin III to steal some $179000 from the …

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Meth offender, 80, sentenced to 10 years – Seattle Post Intelligencer

The US attorney’s office says an 80-year-old man arrested after trying to ship 23 pounds of methamphetamine from Washington state to Alaska by car has been …

HEROIN/COCAINE/DRUG LAW REFORM – UK
Drugs law reform can get rid of dealers, insists Coventry MP Bob Ainsworth – Birmingham Post

Former Home Office Minister Bob Ainsworth said he wanted to “replace dealers with doctors” as he argued for radical reform of drug laws in the House of Commons.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drugs may lead to abuse – St. George Daily Spectrum

According to the Utah Department of Health, Utah leads the nation in prescription drug abuse. Six percent of Utah residents use painkillers non-medically. …

HEROIN – USA
Dealing with heroin’s stigma – St. George Daily Spectrum

Being known as a community with a growing heroin problem is not a reputation Southern Utah is looking to cultivate and addicts and experts agree …

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November 24, 2010

November 24, 2010

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
AL MVP: Josh Hamilton Overcomes Drug Addiction To Win – Bleacher Report

For Hamilton, it was a tremendous accomplishment in his career which was derailed by alcohol and drug abuse problems. “I would say a 99 percent chance that …

DRUG LEGALIZATION – PORTUGAL
Portugal’s Drug Experience: New Study Confirms Decriminalization – TIME

After nearly a decade, according to a study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Criminology: less teen drug use, fewer HIV infections, fewer AIDS cases and more drugs seized by law enforcement.

DRUG REHAB – U.K.
Study supports call to allow addicts to shape treatment – The Guardian

Yet of 152 drug and alcohol addicts and recovering users surveyed by the RSA, half of those who had received treatment did not finish their programme and …

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Energy drinks fuel teens’ alcohol abuse – NDTV

College students who routinely consume highly caffeinated energy drinks have a higher risk of becoming alcohol-dependent. Some students consume the …

ALCOHOL ABUSE – AUSTRALIA
Northern Territory Law Society calls for ban on alcohol … – News-Medical.net

According to the Northern Territory Law Society, pubs, bars and breweries should be stopped from sponsoring sport. …

DRUG / ALCOHOL RECOVERY – USA
15-year-old who battled drugs, alcohol now helps other teens find – The Tennessean

All of the 10 teens in the group have parents who battle drug and alcohol addictions. Most of them have at least one parent in prison. …

HEROIN – USA
Human Smugglers Switch To Cargo Of Heroin – KPHO Phoenix

PHOENIX — Officials from US Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol said they are seeing an increased number of heroin shipments coming from …

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller addiction is growing problem with serious consequences – The Spokesman Review

They now take more lives than heroin and cocaine combined. … a drug used to treat alcoholism, to treat addiction to heroin and Schedule II painkillers. …

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November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010

DRUG REHAB – USA
NY school officials eye drug rehab at high school – Wall Street Journal

School officials on eastern Long Island are seeking state approval to allow a drug rehab clinic to operate inside a high school.

DRUG ABUSE – UK
Why Britain tops world drug use league – Guardian

Cocaine use in Britain permeates all classes from top to bottom. Price is a factor; it’s cheaper than ever. Experts talk of “child-friendly” prices, “beginners’ offers” and “group discounts”.

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Kelly Osbourne Blames Fat Jibes For Drug Addiction – Contact Music

Kelly Osbourne is convinced cruel taunts about her weight drove her to drug addiction. The daughter of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has long battled problems with prescription pills and after several stints in rehab, finally kicked her bad habits last year (09).

DRUG ABUSE – US
US Effects of prenatal drug exposure and early life infections on the brain – Medical Daily

New findings released today help identify the long-term impact of the prenatal environment and early parental care on the brain. Using animals as models, researchers help explain why early inflammation and a mother’s exposure to drugs such as nicotine and high doses of pain killers have lasting consequences for children — and even future generations.

HEROIN – IRELAND
Pensioner admits selling cocaine and heroin – RTE Ireland

A 73-year-old man, who became a crack and heroin dealer after his pension was cut, has been given a four-year suspended sentence. A 73-year-old man, …

ECSTASY – US
Cow Palace bans 2 concerts in wake of overdoses
– San Francisco Chronicle

Two people who attended the Pop 2010 rave in May died of ecstasy overdoses and at least six others required treatment. Two people died of overdoses at a …

METHAMPHETAMINE – US
Mother sentenced for meth lab explosion that injured child – NFW Daily News

The mother of the baby who was badly burned in a meth lab explosion last year sought mercy in a Bay County courtroom Wednesday but received little.

ALCOHOL – US
It’s Alcohol Awareness Month – The Daily Reporter

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and American Society of Addiction Medicine define alcoholism as a “primary, chronic disease …

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