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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
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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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August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Craig Ehlo’s arraignment delayed because of drug rehab – USA Today

Ehlo is facing charges of reckless burning after sheriff’s deputies found him outside his home earlier this month next to a pile of his burning clothes. Ehlo said he had problems with prescription drugs dating back at least six years.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – USA
More People Released from Oregon Prisons Need Substance-Abuse Treatment – Public News Service

Of about 4,500 people considered to be high-risk for relapse or reoffending, state auditors found over a recent three-year period (2008-2011), about half did not receive substance abuse treatment when they were released, although it was recommended.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drugs take deadly toll on roads – Chicago Tribune

On a chilly April morning, retired construction worker Philip Smith was driving down a Lake County road when police say he sailed through a red light, smashing his Jeep into the side of a school bus with 35 children on board. Smith died at the scene. Investigation concluded: “impaired judgment by having multiple (legally prescribed and taken) drugs in his system.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Lisa Robin Kelly No Signs of Drugs, Trauma – TMZ

Lisa’s boyfriend took her to the hospital Sunday, where she registered a .34 blood alcohol level, which is borderline fatal. She died in her sleep Wednesday night.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A call for more opioid dependence treatment – Medical News Today

A new report from Simon Fraser University researcher Bohdan Nosyk calls for the expansion of heroin and opioid medical treatment to stem the increase of overdose deaths.

MARIJUANA – USA
Marijuana Is The ‘New Beer’: Pro-Pot Ad Debuts At NASCAR Race, Marks First Major Sporting Event For Effort – Huffington Post

The 30-second TV ad might look and sound a lot like a typical beer ad, but it’s actually promoting an alternative: legal marijuana. The ad, titled “New Beer,” is from the Marijuana Policy Project — the nation’s largest pro-marijuana legalization advocacy group.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others – Reuters

Prescription drug misuse has reached epidemic levels and it is now the second most abused category of drugs in the United States, after marijuana. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed, and a quarter of those people have used them just to get high. Six in ten Americans who used another person’s prescriptions did so for pain relief, a fifth took them to sleep or to manage stress and anxiety.

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August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
With Lax Oversight, Fraud Flourishes in California’s Drug Rehab Clinics – NBC Bay Area

Addiction counselor Tamara Askew discovered something wrong soon after she started working at Pride Health Services, an Inglewood rehab clinic. Askew grabbed a stack of files and began contacting patients to introduce herself. Some were in jail, Askew said. Several never showed up. One was dead. Her boss, she said, wanted to bill the government anyway, for counseling addicts she never saw.

HEROIN – USA
Hidden America: Heroin Use Has Doubled, Spreading to Suburbs – ABC News

Cory Monteith, the clean-cut star of the hit TV show “Glee,” shocked fans earlier this month when he was found dead in Vancouver of an overdose involving heroin and alcohol – but he has quickly become the new face of the next generation of users of the highly addictive drug. Though this growing group can be found all over the country – a government study shows 620,000 people admitted to using heroin in 2011, twice the number in 2003 – it’s mostly being seen in, of all places, suburbia.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
‘Recovery Court’: New state facility to provide substance abuse treatment – Kingsport Times News

Doug Varney, the state’s mental health commissioner, never thought he would see the day when narcotics would pass alcohol as Tennessee’s number one substance abuse problem. But that day has come. How will Tennessee deal with the problem? “Recovery Court is a comprehensive kind of approach,” said Mr. Varney. “It will be less expensive than just incarcerating someone and failing with them. It’s a more structured rehabilitation effort.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan, Oprah Winfrey Drug Intervention Smart? After Rehab, LiLo Cancels Europe Trip, Guest Hosts ‘Chelsea Lately’ (VIDEO) – Hollywood Take

Lohan booked a one-way ticket to Europe and was scheduled to leave yesterday, but didn’t board the plane. Sources told TMZ that Winfrey urged Lohan to cancel the trip, fearing the temptation to relapse would be too great. Winfrey called Lohan multiple times over the last 24 hours and the actress ultimately decided to focus on sobriety.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
When Relapse Turns Deadly: What You Need to Know About Drug Overdose – Huffington Post

Friends and fans are reeling in the wake of Glee actor Cory Monteith’s overdose on a mixture of heroin and alcohol. Suffering a similar fate as Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly and others who have passed this year, his lengthy battle with drugs ended tragically on July 13 in his hotel room. Could his story have ended differently? What can others learn from this tragedy? Monteith’s passing highlights important lessons for anyone who struggles with addiction or cares about an addict (which, with 23 million people suffering from addiction, is most of us).

DRUG REHAB – USA
Nick Stahl Continues Rehab, Not Charged With Drug Possession After Arrest – Radar Online

Nick Stahl caught a break in court Friday, after the Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to charge the Terminator 3 star with drug possession. Nick is committed to his recovery and sobriety. He knows it ‘s a long road, and there have been setbacks along the way.

PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS – USA
New recovery program would reunite families severed by drugs – Knox News

Drug abuse by parents, most often of prescription painkillers, lies at the heart of 70 percent or more of Knox County’s cases of children taken into state custody due to abuse or neglect.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Why (and how) you should talk to college-bound kids about alcohol – Lancaster Newspapers

Problem drinking is affecting our county’s college-age youth. National figures show that 31 percent of college students meet criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse. Locally, 22 percent of 12th-graders report regular binge drinking (4 to 5 drinks at least once per week), which only increases during the college years. The consequences? Lowered grades, sexual activity and impaired driving — which are later regretted — legal and school disciplinary troubles, never mind sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, injuries or addiction.

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July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013

ALCOHOL – USA
Wife of alcoholic could use some support – Kansas City.com

It happened again today! I was buying several bottles of wine and a six-pack of beer along with my other groceries. While I was standing in the checkout line, someone behind me said the predictable, “I wish I was going home with you!” I am married to an alcoholic.

DRUG REHAB – Brazil
Francis blesses drug rehab wing of Rio hospital – Catholic World Report

Having returned to Rio de Janeiro after celebrating Mass this morning at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Pope Francis visited the St. Francis of Assisi Hospital. During his visit the Holy Father blessed a new drug rehabilitation wing of the hospital.

ALCOHOL – USA
Childhood Trauma and Adult Alcohol Abuse: Shedding Light on the Connection – Huffington Post

A study reported in the June 2013 edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research provides valuable insight into the relationship of childhood abuse and later alcohol abuse.

ALCOHOL AND HEROIN – USA
Viewpoint: How the Drug Treatment System Failed Cory Monteith – Time

The Vancouver coroner’s office revealed that “Glee” star Cory Monteith died of a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin, weeks after leaving rehab.

OPIATES – USA
Free naloxone kits to prevent heroin, OxyContin and other opioid overdoses are now available at two Cleveland-area locations: The Frugal Patient – Cleveland.com

Not long ago I wrote about free naloxone kits available at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, which help prevent people from overdosing on heroin, OxyContin, methadone, morphine, fentanyl and other opioids.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – CANADA
How Rob Kamermans made $500K as Canada’s top medical marijuana doctor — until police came knocking – National Post

Rob Kamermans was tending to a sick toddler in the emergency ward of the Sturgeon Falls, Ont., hospital last summer, when they came to get him. Clasping handcuffs around his wrists, they led away the ER’s only physician, capping a short, extraordinary chapter in Canada’s tangled experiment with medical marijuana.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
States Push Google To Stop Ads For Illegal Products Like Non-Prescription Oxycontin – Huffington Post

Nebraska and Oklahoma on Tuesday joined Mississippi in pressuring Google Inc to crack down on Internet advertisements for drugs, including powerful painkillers, that are sold without a prescription.

ALCOHOL – USA
The genetics of alcohol addiction – WJXT

There are many people who drink alcohol and never become addicted. But others, despite the destructive consequences, can’t stop.

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July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lil Scrappy Released From Drug Rehab, To Begin Mentoring Teens – Hiphopdx

Lil Jon’s former protege Lil Scrappy has kept his system clean of drugs for over 30 days, and now begins community service mentoring teens.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drug overdose deaths ‘skyrocketed’ in women, CDC says – National Monitor

CDC officials connected the increase in painkiller overdoses to the trend of those drugs being prescribed at a higher rate than is probably necessary. According to the CDC, prescription drug overdose deaths for women increased by 400 percent between 1999 and 2010. The rate for men increased by a comparatively lower 250 percent.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Graduation: a new beginning for residents of drug rehab centre – West Island Chronicle

The drug rehabilitation centre recognized 18 adolescents for their success at Portage Academy on June 20, in Beaconsfield. For the five residents who beat the odds, graduating Portage’s high school program is a new beginning.

DRUG REHAB – RUSSIA
Drug users to be fined for refusing rehab – Rapsinews

A court order to undergo treatment and medical and social rehabilitation will serve as an effective way to motivate drug users. “We propose introducing administrative liability for shirking treatment and medical and social rehabilitation for drug dependence, or a preventive treatment course, in the form of a fine ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 rubles, or administrative detention for up to 15 days.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Matthew Perry turns former home into rehab center – MNN

“I was on Friends from age 24 to 34. I was in the white-hot flame of fame,” he says in the new issue of People magazine. “The six of us were just everywhere all the time. From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism,” said Perry. “It was going on before Friends, but it’s a progressive disease.” Matthew is an ambassador of possibility for a vast group of people.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Matthew Perry Spills on His Past Struggles With Drug and Alcohol Addiction – EOnline

Perry revealed that during Friends’ successful run, he not only abused alcohol routinely, but following a jet ski accident in 1997, he quickly became addicted to prescription medication that a doctor had prescribed for him.

ALCOHOL – CANADA
Raising the minimum drinking age won’t stop alcohol abuse – Windsor Star

The reality is that there is no defining moment when all individuals — without question — are going to be in a position to accept the responsibilities that come with alcohol consumption. We could make the legal drinking age 40 or 50 and it still wouldn’t solve the problems associated with abuse. Prohibition didn’t work either.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Drug overdose deaths ‘skyrocketed’ in women, CDC says – National Monitor

CDC officials connected the increase in painkiller overdoses to the trend of those drugs being prescribed at a higher rate than is probably necessary. According to the CDC, prescription drug overdose deaths for women increased by 400 percent between 1999 and 2010. The rate for men increased by a comparatively lower 250 percent.

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June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
10 celebrities who beat drug addiction – Health.India

June 26 was International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme this year is ‘make health your new high in life, not drugs’. On this day we look at at ten celebrities who battled with and beat drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
7 out of 10 Americans Take a Prescription Drug: Study – U.S. News & World Report

Nearly 70 percent of Americans take prescription drugs, with antibiotics, antidepressants and painkillers being the most widely used, according to a new study. Researchers also found that more than half of patients take two prescription drugs, while 20 percent take five or more prescription medications.

DRUG REHAB – UK
Dumbarton drug rehabilitation devotee awarded MBE – Lennox Herald

A great-gran who helped establish a drugs recovery centre thought her colleagues were playing a joke on her when she received a letter saying she was to be awarded an MBE. Margaret Diamond has told of her shock at discovering she was to be given the prestigious medal after dedicating decades of her life to helping people overcome their drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Cops: 20 people busted for illegal prescription drug abuse in Brevard County – WFTV Orlando

Titusville police, Brevard County deputies and Drug Enforcement Agents busted people accused of illegally buying and selling prescription drugs. Investigators said they believe some of the pills in this case were bought from a Seminole County pain clinic. Others were simply bought from individuals. Police are still trying to track down a number of other suspects who they said have been obtaining oxycodone illegally. Investigators said they’re not seeing a decrease in the illegal sales of prescription drugs and that it continues. They also said heroin use is on the rise.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs law to shift drug offenders from jail to rehab – Nola

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law Thursday that will allow nonviolent drug offenders to gain early release from jail if they participate in rehabilitation programs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
FDA takes action to protect consumers from dangerous medicines sold by illegal online pharmacies – FDA

International Operation Pangea VI combats online sale and distribution of unapproved prescription medicines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines to consumers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Not Authorized to Prescribe Drugs? Medicare Pays Anyway. – Propublica

The inspector general found nearly 30,000 prescriptions for painkillers and other easily abused drugs that appeared to be prescribed by individuals who had no authority to do so. Such prescribing could “endanger patients” and “may also contribute to the prescription drug abuse problem in our nation,” the report said.

ALCOHOL – CANADA
Addiction report urges Ontario to raise legal drinking age to 21 – ca.news.yahoo

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) report says the province can decrease the $2.9 billion price tag attributed to alcohol abuse through a series of changes that would make obtaining booze more difficult and punishment for abusing it more drastic.

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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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