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February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014

HEROIN – USA
Jazz musician arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death wants rehab for ‘10-bag a day’ heroin habit – New York Daily News

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s alleged drug dealer connected to other celebs who overdosed. Robert Vineberg, 57, was arrested two days after the Oscar-winning actor was found dead from a suspected overdose. Vineberg’s lawyer filed court papers to say his client should go to a diversion program for his massive smack habit.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts who want help face insurance denials – USA TODAY

Medical professionals who evaluated him recommended an inpatient program — 10 days of around-the-clock care in a safe setting that offered medication, hot meals, counseling and coping skills to help him stay sober upon his release. The man had insurance coverage, but the insurer declined to pay unless he had first failed to stay clean in a less expensive outpatient program, a nine-month regimen of voluntary therapy and medication.

HEROIN – USA
Police carry special drug to reverse heroin overdoses – USA Today

“We’re not going to arrest our way out of this epidemic … we have to help people,” said police.

DRUG REHAB – USA
State officials see need for more addiction rehab – The Recorder

“We treat someone who has a cardiac problem due to a lifetime of unhealthy habits better than we treat someone who has an addiction problem, and it could have started from something as simple as a back surgery,” said Sen. Jen Flanagan.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Critics’ calls for tougher pain pills are resisted – Boston Globe

Critics say the drug industry needs to be forced to comply. “They’re not going to go anywhere that would affect their bottom line unless they get pushed that way,” said Representative William Keating of Bourne, prime sponsor of the House bill — Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills Act.

OPIATES – USA
Fear of drug abuse, addiction may hurt pain patients – Indianapolis Star

A primary-care physician recently said to me, “My partner doesn’t know what to do with his chronic pain patients. He doesn’t want to prescribe opiates any longer.” “Why not?” I asked. “Too much of a hassle with the new state opioid prescribing regulations. He wants your suggestions on options.” I responded by suggesting that he might consider taking care of the patients for his partner. “I don’t want to prescribe opiates either.”

COCAINE – SPAIN
Spain nets a ton of cocaine in floating backpacks – CNN

Spanish authorities went fishing for backpacks full of cocaine and netted nearly a ton of the drug after uncovering what they say was a sophisticated undersea smuggling operation.

COCAINE – USA
Cocaine Use May Spur Short-Term Rise in Stroke Risk – WebMD

(HealthDay News) — In the 24 hours after using cocaine, a young adult’s risk of a stroke increases almost sevenfold.

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January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Darryl Strawberry chases new calling by opening latest drug rehab – Fox News

Strawberry and his wife Tracy — both ordained ministers — were in central Florida Friday for the opening of their second drug rehabilitation and treatment center. The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center will be focused on helping former athletes and others deal with the issues that once followed them both, as well as the new ones — like concussions — that face today’s generation of athletes.

DRUG ADDICTION / TREATMENT – USA
State senate forms committee to study drug addiction, treatment – Patriot Ledger

The Senate formed its own special committee Thursday to study drug addiction and treatment options with a focus on addressing what Senate President Therese Murray described as an epidemic of opiate addiction in Massachusetts.

HEROIN – USA
No Needle Needed: Easy Access, Low Cost Fuel Heroin Epidemic – Mintpress News

For years, drug addiction advocacy groups have warned there was a growing heroin epidemic in the U.S. that would only get worse if lawmakers failed to pay attention. Specifically, the concern for many was that heroin was becoming more and more appealing to teenagers — many of whom were overdosing and dying.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin abuse at ‘epidemic’ level in South Florida – drug report – GlobalPost

A high-profile law enforcement crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse in Florida has addicts turning increasingly to heroin, resulting in the highest number of overdose deaths and hospitalizations in recent years, a report on drug abuse said

OPIATES – USA
Suburban middle-class Warwick called ‘ground zero’ in RI’s Sudden Spike in Opiate-Based Drug Overdoses – Providence Journal

Too many people dying. That was the message from healthcare professionals and addiction recovery counselors Wednesday night at an informational forum on the state’s growing problem of deaths due to overdoses of opiate-based drugs.

OPIATES – USA
Vermont faces opiate drug abuse crisis – CBS News

Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Montagne grew up in St. Albans, Vt., the picture of an all-American girl. But behind the smiles, from the age of 17, she hid a drug addiction. “Eventually, I went to Oxycontin to eventually heroin to IV drug use.”

OPIATES – USA
Martha’s Vineyard police and physicians confront opiate abuse – MV Times

Opiate addiction on Martha’s Vineyard cuts across all ages and social classes. There is not one profile of an opiate abuser. What is certain is that the abuse of prescription painkillers is a growing problem, one with a ripple effect throughout the community, police and doctors on the front lines say.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Meth mouth and the ravages of an addiction: from a dental perspective – Dentistry IQ

Having been featured in the popular program “Breaking Bad,” meth has regained a popularity not seen in two decades. Currently, meth is a featured player in “Homefront,” a film starring Jason Statham and James Franco. Increasingly in the public radar, meth is being referenced as Generation Y’s LSD.

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January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014

ALCOHOL – USA
Trace Adkins enters rehab – CelebrityExaminer

Country singer Trace Adkins has checked himself into a treatment facility after being sober for over 10 years. According to reports, the 52-year-old singer supposedly took his first drink in over 12 years while on the Country Cruising cruise that began on Sunday.

COCAINE – MEXICO / USA
Why Buying Cocaine Is Like Donating to the Nazi Party – Slate Magazine

Drug-related massacre left 13 dead and more than a dozen wounded. Most of the victims were between 14 and 20 years old and were attending a birthday party. They were herded into a corner of the house and executed by a firing squad. Armed men came looking for one young man, but when the patrons responded that he was not there, they opened fire. But we all know who drives the drug trade. It’s us. At our hip little parties, our New Year’s Eve celebrations, our secret back rooms, …

DRUG REHAB – USA
California Governor Proposes Drug Rehab Program Changes After Investigation – KUTV 2News

(CNN) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed millions of dollars in additional funding to crack down on abuses in the state’s drug rehab program as a result of an investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting. The budget proposes 21 positions and $2.2 million … to continue the state’s intensive focus on program integrity and expansion of drug treatment services by recertifying all providers in the state.

DRUG COURT – USA
Drug Treatment Courts: 20 Years of Uncounted Deaths – Huffington Post

My son was killed in 2012 by failed drug treatment court policies and poorly written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws in NY. iIn Georgia, as of summer 2013, there were no state standards on how the 38 drug courts should even operate. In their first gathering of statistics from Fulton County, Georgia in the fall of 2013, more than twice as many participants were kicked out or dropped out of the drug treatment court as those that graduated.

HEROIN – USA
Why Is Heroin Abuse Rising While Other Drug Abuse Is Falling? – Forbes

Across the U.S., heroin abuse among first-time users has increased by nearly 60 percent in the last decade, from about 90,000 to 156,000 new users a year.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin Becoming a National Concern – Guardian Liberty Voice

It is reported that 80 percent of those incarcerated suffer from some type of opiate addiction and see their drug use as the reason for their imprisonment. Many users start with Oxycontin, which has been described as heroin in pill form. The Oxycontin are prescribed as pain relievers and then are crushed up to give a rush to the addict. Some Oxycontin addicts then turn to heroin, as it is a cheaper form of the thrill they seek.

MEOW MEOW – UK
Student slices off his own penis, stabs his mom while high on party drug – Daily Caller

In the wee hours of Dec. 29, a 19-year-old British college student sliced off his own penis after allegedly getting high on “Meow Meow,” which is a synthetic party drug officially called mephedrone. Prior to mutilating himself, the unidentified student stabbed his own mother.

PARTY DRUG – AUSTRALIA
Psychosis link to party drug – The West Australian

Fremantle Hospital doctors believe a party drug being sold as ecstasy is responsible for a series of six psychosis cases in 24 hours. “”It is always impossible to know what’s contained in illicit drugs so there is always a risk,” said the doctor. “The only way to make it risk-free is not to take illicit drugs.”

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November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

ALCOHOL – UK
Suffolk/Essex: Thousands at risk of alcohol-related health problems – East Anglian Daily Times

Almost a fifth of drinkers in Suffolk and Essex are putting themselves at risk by consuming too much alcohol, according to a new report.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug-addicted babies focus of new U.P. health campaign – ABC 10 News NOW

According to a recent University of Michigan study, one baby is born addicted to prescription and non-prescription drugs every hour in the United States.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Police: When prescription pill abuse becomes too expensive, users switch to cheaper heroin – Washington Post

On a gloomy Friday night in the Prince William County jail, a 36-year-old woman took a deep breath and pondered how she ended up in a windowless cinder-block room. She had been an elite middle school math teacher in the Virginia county, married, with two children and a house in Stafford County. But her gradual progression from occasional cocaine use to prescription pain pill abuse to full-blown heroin addiction destroyed her life.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Study: Fewer Workers Using Cocaine and Marijuana, But Prescription Drug Use Is Up – TIME

A new study found that the rate of U.S. workers testing positive for cocaine and marijuana has fallen sharply since 1998, but prescription drug abuse may be on the rise.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Eminem claims music helped him beat addiction to prescription drugs – Gigwise

Recently it was revealed by Eminem’s manager that the hip-hop star had been addicted to prescription drugs vicodin, xanax and valium.He said that the period in question was absolutely “horrible.” Now speaking with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Eminem has discussed the experience for the first time.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side – NYTimes

For Shawn Schneider, a carpenter and rock musician, the descent into addiction began one Wisconsin winter with a fall from a rooftop construction site onto the frozen ground below. As the potent pain pills prescribed for his injuries became his obsessive focus, he lost everything: his band, his job, his wife, his will to live.

DRUG REHAB – CHINA
China’s notorious labour camps turns into drug rehab centres – Zee News

Beijing: China’s dreaded labour camps, where critics of the ruling Communist Party were used to be sent to get transformed through hard labour, are set to be transformed into drug rehab centres to avoid their closure. “The new rehab centre will provide compulsory drug rehabilitation treatment for addicts, and help them find self confidence again.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Brooke Mueller ‘hid two rehab stints from doctors during pregnancy – Daily Mail

The 36-year-old socialite gave birth to twins Bob and Max, her sons with former husband Charlie Sheen, seven weeks early four years ago but allegedly didn’t tell her medical team that she had sought treatment for her addiction to crystal methamphetamine. ‘Charlie now recognizes that was a catastrophic mistake.”

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October 17, 2013

October 17, 2013

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS – UK AND USA
Colin Farrell Talks Drinking, Drugs and Rehab – E! Online

Colin Farrell is once again opening up about his hard-partying past, but unlike other actors, the Irish stud admits his addiction started long before Hollywood. “I was very drunk and high for 16 years, so it was a tough life change, and I was dying. I’m one of the lucky ones.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Abuse Rising, California Fights Back – NBC Bay Area

With deaths from prescription drug abuse on the rise, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovers new efforts in California to track prescriptions while attempting to prevent doctor shopping. It’s a law that was inspired by three tragic Bay Area stories

DRUG REHAB – ISRAEL
Dr. Miriam Adelson Awarded for Work with Drug Addiction Treatment – Washington Free Beacon

Dr. Miriam Adelson will be honored by Israeli watchdog group Ometz with an award for her devotion to treating drug addiction in Israel. Her program has treated almost 800 patients since its founding 20 years ago.

KROKODIL – USA
Watch Krokodil Addicts Discuss the Flesh-Eating Drug’s Horrifying Effects – Time

In this Chicago Sun Times video, Amber Neitzel, 26, a drug addict from Joliet, Illinois, showed off one of her sore-covered legs, a gruesome effect of Krokodil

HEROIN – USA
Heroin at the Shore: Rehab centers struggle to keep up with demand – Cherry Hill Courier Post

New Jersey gets mixed reviews by officials and professionals for its suite of treatment options, but few argue that the state, and especially the Jersey Shore, lack the detox facilities, long-term programs and halfway homes that are needed to keep up with the epidemic abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.

KROKODIL – USA
The World’s Most Horrifying Drug May Have Claimed Its First U.S. Victim – Newsfeed.Time

Krokodil, the skin-eating drug, may have claimed its first U.S. victim. The heroin-like drug, which originated in Russia began cropping up in the U.S. last month and has been found in Utah, Arizona and Illinois recently.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Livonia family looking to raise money at concert for foundation they started – Hometownlife

Having a loved one addicted to drugs is tough for any family. But Phil and Dawn Bahr of Livonia took the opportunity to turn the experience into a positive for others. The couple formed the Ashes to Glory Foundation, a locally based charity offering financial aid for people who require long-term substance abuse treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Dark Side Of America’s Rush Into Prescription Drugs Has Never Been More Obvious – Business Insider

More than 12 million people said they abused prescription drugs in 2010. The only other drug people abuse more is marijuana, the White House report said.

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October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse now more deadly than heroin, cocaine combined – Christian Science Monitor

More people are dying in the United States from prescription drugs than from heroin and cocaine combined, a new study says, signaling that pill abuse is not just the leading cause of drug overdose deaths, but that it also requires more oversight and training by both doctors and state health agencies.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Ohio judge tries drug to rehabilitate addicted inmates – USA Today

The 18-year-old stood in front of the judge in a Warren County courtroom in August accused of stealing $169 from patrons at an amusement park. With a long list of petty crimes already behind him at such a young age, the teen, a heroin addict, this time had racked up his first felony. He was facing up to three years in prison.

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol abuse will stop your broken bones from healing – Metro

It’s not uncommon for injury victims to hit the bottle to try to ease their pain but doing so only delays the healing process. Binge-drinking can significantly impair the ability of our bones to repair after a fracture, researchers found.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
For some wounded veterans, strong prescription drugs can be cause of more pain – PBS

The death rate from overdoses of prescription addictive painkillers at Veterans Affairs hospitals is twice the national average. But data shows the VA continues to prescribe increasing amounts of narcotic painkillers to many patients.

ALCOHOL – USA
Female alcohol abuse is a ‘global epidemic’ – New York Post

Alcohol abuse is rising in much of the developed world — and in many countries, female drinkers are driving that growth. The alcohol industry, well aware of this reality, is now battling for our downtime — and our brand loyalty. Wines with names like Girls’ Night Out, MommyJuice, Mommy’s Time Out, Cupcake and, yes, Happy Bitch, plus berry-flavored vodkas, Skinnygirl Vodka, mango coolers, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, all are aimed at us.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
‘Unreal’ Overdose Spike Has Officials Ready to Fight Opioid Drugs – NBC Philadelphia

63 people overdosed in Bensalem over the past month, but the drug problem is much larger.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Ex-NBA star shares tale of addiction, recovery – Bradenton.com

Herren said he remembered when he was in high school and his school brought in a guest lecturer to talk about drug addiction to students. “I remember saying, ‘This is such a waste of time,’” Herren said. “I truly believed that day that I was above it.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Opening Her Own Rehab Facility? – Cambio

Lindsay Lohan, who has been in treatment at least six times, is apparently looking to put all of her experience to good use as she is reportedly considering opening her own rehab facility.

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September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse, sharing on rise among college students – FOX 9 News

Earlier this month, FOX 9 News reported the story of an 18-year-old student on the University of Minnesota Spirit Squad who was charged with felonies after police caught her with prescription drugs and a scale in a dormitory. Since then, many viewers have called to say the story goes far beyond one woman.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Judge tries drug to rehabilitate addicted inmates – USA Today

In a first for local criminal justice systems and a move that’s being studied at several prisons and jails across the country, Peeler ordered the defendant to undergo a series of nine to 12 injections of Vivitrol, the non-narcotic drug naltrexone that blocks the brain’s ability to get high on opiates, including heroin, or drunk on alcohol. He ordered the teen to receive the first shot while in jail.

HEROIN – USA
Mom’s pain eased by volunteering at drug rehab – Hometownlife

Jacqueline Dobson doesn’t believe in coincidences, so when a series of events related to a proposed substance abuse home for teens happened, she believed she was being nudged by God, or maybe her 32-year-old son, who died from a heroin overdose a month earlier.

COCAINE – USA
Zac Efron Speaks Out After Rehab, Drug Reports – Showbiz Spy

ZAC Efron has spoken out — and posted a new photo on his Instagram account — following reports about his rehab stay and cocaine problem.

KROKODIL – USA
The terrifying, flesh-eating drug krokodil has reportedly surfaced in the U.S. – The Verge

When the nasty, highly addictive street drug krokodil appears in a new area, it tends to spread fast. So when doctors at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center got two separate reports of suspected krokodil use in the last month — possibly only the second and third cases ever reported in the US — they alerted media, government, and the medical industry. “We’re taking it very seriously because we’re worried that this drug has finally made it here in some substantial quantity.”

KROKODIL – USA
7 Not Safe For Life Photos That Will Convince You Never To Try The Horror Drug Krokodil – Huffington Post

The extremely dangerous drug that is three times more addictive than heroin has finally made its way from Russia to the United States, with two cases being reported in Arizona this week. Essentially krokodil does this to your flesh…

ALCOHOL – USA
N.C. officials target drug, alcohol abuse at UNC campuses – Star News Online

State government officials are working with the University of North Carolina system to combat drug and alcohol abuse on its campuses, though officials in Wilmington say they’ve seen a slight decline in abuse by students here.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Gov. Brown signs 2 of 3 bills fighting prescription drug abuse – Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Friday aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse but vetoed a third that could have helped the state’s medical board identify reckless doctors whose patients died on pills they prescribed.

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20 September 2013

September 20, 2013

METHAMPHETAMINE – North Korea
North Korea in grip of drugs epidemic, report claims – CNN

“Some informants are saying almost every adult in North Korea around the China-North Korea border are using methamphetamine.”

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Lamar Odom Leaves Rehab After One Day, Developed $800-A-Day Drug Habit – Starpulse

In an attempt to get clean, the NBA star entered a drug and alcohol treatment center on Wednesday morning, but sources say Odom, 32, left the medical facility on Thursday afternoon. He was later spotted out and about in Los Angeles. The athlete went to rehab just five days after he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A Navy Sailor’s Desperate Last Act After Drug Addictions, Depression – Huffington Post

THE PERIL OF PAINKILLERS. On the early evening of March 15, 2011, in the bedroom of a two-story red brick townhouse in Virginia Beach, Va., Navy Petty Officer Joshua Lipstein put a .45-caliber Glock 21 pistol to his right temple and pulled the trigger. He was 23 years old.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Zac Efron’s stays in a drug rehab – Philly.com

People mag this week reported that Zac, 25, did a stint in rehab in April. That’s not all! TMZ reported Thursday that Zac first checked into rehab in March.

ALCOHOL / DRUG REHAB – USA
Millions more to get coverage for addiction, alcoholism treatment, but can the system deliver? – Washington Post

Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to many experts, has been a lack of health insurance.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Lamar Odom charged with DUI following one-day rehab stint amid alleged drug addiction – New York Daily News

Odom, 33, was pulled over in the early morning hours of that Friday after cops spied his white Mercedes-Benz SUV driving erratically and too slowly on Los Angeles’ 101 Freeway — not far from the Tarzana, Calif., home he shares with his reality-star wife Khloe Kardashian. It was just the latest setback for Odom, who is reportedly battling a crack-cocaine addiction that is threatening his marriage.

METHAMPHETAMINE – THAILAND
Thai Dealers Push Candy-Flavored Methamphetamine on Kids Outside Schools – World.Time

Recent reports that flavorings such as chocolate and strawberry are being used to disguise the bitter taste of methamphetamine sold to children in Thailand have caused outrage, but the trend is sadly nothing new. Dealers have been actively targeting youngsters for “many years.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bills would give state new powers to fight prescription drug abuse – Los Angeles

Since her son Joey fatally overdosed in late 2009, April Rovero has warned schoolchildren, coeds, cops and congressmen that it was too easy for the 21-year-old college student to get the prescription drugs that killed him.

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September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
Affordable Care Act Could Remove Drug Rehab Cost Barriers – CBS Local (Sacramento)

The Affordable Care Act could lead as many as 40 million Americans to rehab as it would eliminate cost barriers for people who need help recovering from addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Opens Up Battling Prescription Drug Addiction – CBS Global (New York)

He became a superstar as part of ‘Jersey Shore,’ but Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino‘s rise to fame had its pitfalls. He became addicted to prescription drugs.

DRUG REHAB – USA
A fresh look at Drug Rehabilitation Court – Sun Times

Drug abuse can cause once law-abiding citizens to turn to criminal activity in order to support their habits. I’ve watched people turn to prostitution, theft, robbery and even murder because of the shackles of addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Editorial: FDA rules aim to curb prescription drug abuse – Pacific Coast Business Times

Just one month after Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean launched a Pharma Task Force to crack down on unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists, the Food and Drug Administration has come up with new rules aimed at curbing an epidemic of pain pill addiction.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Former baseball player and drug addict finds solace in rare rehab program – Indyweek

Sick from heroin withdrawal, Eric Graham would enter a big-box store and approach the DVD section. Hundreds of times over the past four years, he would search for new releases, boxed sets and Blu-Rays.

ALCOHOL – USA
Robin Williams Talks Divorce, Alcohol Abuse And TV Show In New Interview
– Huffington Post

Robin Williams will soon hit the small screen in CBS’ new comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” and in a recent interview with “Parade,” the actor opens up.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Haunted by Old Foes, De La Hoya Gets Treatment – NY Times

Oscar De La Hoya at a recent fight in California. He checked back into a treatment center this week. Addicts often do, though because this was the Golden Boy, master of his own narrative, he declined to delve into specifics, whether it was a sip here or a bender there. Still, because he is a born raconteur, De La Hoya could not help but slip in a clue every now and again.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Employee fired for leaving drug rehab too soon: Legal? – HR BLR

“Brent,” a press operator for Wyman-Gordon Forgings, LP in Houston, took prescription Vicodin for pain from work-related injuries. He eventually became addicted, obtaining prescriptions from numerous doctors, and nearly overdosed in November 2009. Brent received medical leave to pursue treatment and checked into a facility on December 3. Two days later, after successfully detoxifying, Brent requested a discharge against the advice of the treating physician.

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August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – EU
Hitler the drug addict: How he used a cocktail of drugs including cocaine to make him a ‘Nazi superman’ – Daily Mail

Adolf Hitler was a drug-abusing hypochondriac with deformed genitals who regularly consumed a cocktail of amphetamines, bull semen, rat poison and morphine when he sent millions of innocent people to their death.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Lindsay Lohan Comes Clean to Oprah & More Addiction Tell-Alls – Daily Beast

With Lindsay Lohan’s post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey airing Sunday night, we’ve taken a look at seven other celebrities, from Charlie Sheen to Drew Barrymore, who have battled addiction and spoken about the benefits (or drawbacks) of treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Women and Prescription Drugs: The Gender Gap Tightens – Huffington Post

Men fall victim to prescription drug overdose more often than women. The number of women losing their lives to prescription drugs rose 400 percent between 1999 and 2010 (compared to 250 percent for men). Every day, 18 women die of a prescription drug overdose in the U.S. That’s five times more than 10 years ago.

ALC0HOL / MARIJUANA – USA
National Institute of Drug Abuse says marijuana is as toxic as alcohol – examiner.com

Huffington Post reports that the National Institute of Drug Abuse told PolitiFact that they marijuana isn’t any less toxic than alcohol. To PolitiFact who did their scientific homework, and the rest of the world that knows differently, this blanket statement is just perpetuating the myth from the 1920s that tells everyone that the government is either unwilling to do their own homework or unwilling to admit that they have been wrongly hiding a drug that has amazing medicinal purposes.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Should Miguel Tejada Suspension Mean More Education on Prescription Drug Abuse? – Bleacher Report

Miguel Tejada received a 105-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Saturday for using Adderall. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the non-medical use of prescription drugs among young adults including an increase in the use of prescription stimulants normally used to treat ADHD.

ALCOHOL – USA
Study: Alcohol Abuse Leads To Shift In Brain Functions – CBS Local

According to a new study, chronic alcohol exposure leads to a brain shift that takes away complex-decision making skills and gears it toward habit forming association.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
@ISSUE: Why are death rates soaring from prescription drug abuse by women? – Asbury Park Press

It has been nearly 50 years since the Rolling Stones sang a cautionary tale about middle-aged women addicted to pills titled “Mother’s Little Helper.” Back then, it was tranquilizers. Today, those deadly helpers are likely to be prescription painkillers.

DRUG ABUSE / METHAMPHETAMINE – SOUTH AFRICA
Cruising the Meth-Riddled Murder Dens of Cape Town – VICE

It’s later now and the sun has just set; it’s almost pitch black. There are no streetlights and only very intermittent hijacked electricity running to some houses. My escort, Penz, rests his gun on the steering wheel and looks around, visibly concerned. “We’ll probably have a pot shot taken at us,” he says, “but actually I stress more because we could run over a kid very easily.” I slide nervously from the window to the middle of the backseat. They gave me a bulletproof vest, but my head and neck are feeling terribly exposed.

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