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July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab – The Daily Beast

Noah Levine is a heavily tattooed, formerly incarcerated addict. Now sober, he’s trying to reform drug rehab through Buddhism and punk music.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
My Story: Going Cold Turkey – American News Report

As a female Army officer, helicopter pilot and endurance athlete, I thought I was mentally and physically tough. I earned 12 varsity letters in high school and ran triathlons for fun. I identified with anything athletic and active. After each failed surgery or pain management procedure, I desperately tried to stay positive but eventually lost hope.

DRUG REHAB – USA
CH resident hoping to establish drug rehabilitation program – Daily Mountain Eagle

“We have a drug problem in this town, and I am here to ask for help to start a drug rehabilitation program. I am in the process now of being certified for becoming a peer counselor specialist, and I’m willing to do the work to get the recovery in the town if I can just have the backing of the town.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction After New York Arrest – People Magazine

Shia LaBeouf is being treated for alcohol addiction after getting arrested at a Broadway show last week for acting disorderly and being verbally abusive. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Portia de Rossi hit by claims she ‘secretly checked into rehab for drug and alcohol treatment after row with Ellen DeGeneres’ – Daily Mail

‘Portia entered Passages Malibu rehab facility in early May for a 30-day treatment for drugs and alcohol,’ another source alleged to In Touch.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Why Are Some States Prescribing So Many Painkillers? – Forbes

Medical conditions involving pain may not vary much from state to state, but the frequency with which painkillers are prescribed does – and widely, a new CDC study finds. Alabama tops the list of painkiller prescriptions, with 143 prescriptions for every 100 people.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Valley drug deaths outpace past 2 years – Tribune-Review

Drug overdose deaths in the Alle-Kiski Valley are on pace to eclipse totals from the past two years. The Medical Examiner’s Office says the rate of deaths — 108 so far this year — is well on its way to equal or exceed the 278 drug deaths for all of 2013 unless something happens to stop the dying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates for every drug overdose death, there are 25 to 50 near misses.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Naloxone to be issued as part of Project DAWN – Logan Daily News

When someone becomes addicted to drugs, it often leaves family members in fear for their loved one’s life. Overdosing on opioids has become not only a realistic threat to some families but a harsh reality.

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June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Former addict Robert Downey Jr. ‘producing Showtime drama centered on a Venice Beach drug rehab’ – Daily Mail

‘When someone says, “I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?” Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.’

DRUG REHAB – USA
Hotel founder Chatwal beats drug-trafficking case after a year of rehab – New York Post

“Vikram earnestly strove, this past year, to address addiction issues.” Chatwal should consider himself lucky because he was facing a lengthy prison term. “If he had been convicted on the charges, he could have done over 20 years.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pharmacist: Rehab turning Vermonters into permanent drug addicts – Watchdog.org

Pharmacists on the front lines of Vermont’s war on opioids say the state’s embrace of buprenorphine is setting people up for a lifetime of drug dependency. “I’ve never seen anybody go off Suboxone,” Jack Ruggles, a Derby Line pharmacist, told Vermont Watchdog.

DRUG ADDICTION / REHAB – USA
A reformed user, now 16 years sober and receiving her master’s degree, shows the road to graduation can be long – New York Daily News

Antoinette Miller starting smoking at 12 and sniffing cocaine at 13. She worked the streets as a teenager and didn’t sober up until her 40s. Now, she is taking the long walk for her master’s degree.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
City of Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing – Boston.com

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive. The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court states the city has paid nearly $9.5 million for filling opioid prescriptions since 2007.

OPIATES – USA
Sports injuries can lead to opiate addiction – My FOX New York

Heroin abuse is an epidemic. Officials say the addiction often starts with prescription pain pills and escalates from there. One group especially vulnerable to getting hooked is high school athletes. Fox 5 spoke with two young men who say their sports injuries led to addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Medicaid Expansion Helps California’s Heroin Addicts Get Treatment – Breitbart News Network

The use of heroin is up in California and around the country. The resurgence in the use of heroin is being attributed to a previous surge in the use of Oxycontin and Vicodin. Those who signed up for Medi-Cal, California’s expanded Medicaid program for the poor, are able to get free methadone treatment.

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May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014

DRUG ADDICTION – IRAN
Women addicted to drugs in Iran begin seeking treatment despite taboo – Washington Post

On the western outskirts of this city, in an industrial neighborhood of factories and dusty half-constructed lots, a metal-walled building houses women with a secret. They are female drug addicts, a growing class of people with a habit so taboo in this traditional Islamic society that some Iranians believe they deserve death.

ALCOHOL – WORLDWIDE
Alcohol deaths on the rise worldwide – CBS News

Approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012 were the result of alcohol consumption, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Miley Cyrus Drug Rehab and Hospital Stay News: Singer Dispels Rumors that She Overdosed, Goes on Marijuana Rant – Latin Post

Given Cyrus’ very public marijuana use and high partying life style, critics have speculated whether it was drugs rather than an allergy that landed her in the hospital.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drugs led to heroin habit, addict says – The Denver Channel

A pill bottle sits on a medicine cabinet shelf. The prescription pain pills inside are leftover from a family member’s dental procedure. Slowly, a couple Vicodin pills disappear. No one questions what happened to the bottle or the pills inside. The painkillers were shelved away, forgotten about.

DRUG REHAB – CANADA
Saskatoon mom takes drug rehab petition to Legislature – CBC

Two years ago, Carla Fenton-Katchmar’s 16-year-old daughter, Chantaey, died of a drug overdose. Now she is pushing for parents to have more power to keep teens in rehab.

HEROIN – USA
Drug courts offer rehab alternative as heroin abuse surges – North Country Public Radio

As the use of heroin surges, many people arrested for drug-related crimes are ending up in drug court. It’s one of the so-called ‘problem solving courts’ that have emerged in recent years. And they rely on the discrimination and skill of a judge.

ALCOHOL – USA
Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds – New York Times

The medications, naltrexone and acamprosate, reduce cravings for alcohol by fine-tuning the brain’s chemical reward system. They have been approved for treating alcoholism for over a decade. But questions about their efficacy and a lack of awareness among doctors have resulted in the drugs’ being underused.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction: Rachel’s Story – PA Home Page

Rachael Hare tumbled into the dark world of addiction, fought her way out, and now shares her story of how the choice to take one pill changed her world. She said, “I never thought that I would be the person that would end up going on the drug progression and being on heroin. I never thought that.”

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April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Drug Rehab Facilities Taking Notice of Teen Heroin Use – Digital Journal

A disturbing trend is taking form throughout high schools in the United States, and that is a dramatic increase in how many teenagers are both experimenting with and regularly using heroin.

DRUG REHAB – USA
NY lawmakers asked to help fund more drug treatment facilities – WCAX

Many addicts can’t get help because insurance companies won’t pay for treatment or rehab. Prosecutors also asked lawmakers to toughen the penalties and sentences for heroin dealers.

HEROIN – USA
Waiting lists for addiction treatment grow, as region sees increase in heroin use – Elmira Star-Gazette

Robert, who had used other illegal drugs, fell into heroin addiction in 2007 when his best friend introduced him to it. The 29-year-old Ithaca man, whose name is being withheld because of the stigma attached to addiction, injected heroin off and on for about six months until not using the drug meant withdrawal symptoms. For Robert, the hook soon wasn’t the high. Rather, it was the need to avoid the sickening, unbearable effects of withdrawal. Robert sought help but found that, at first, access to heroin was far easier than a way out of addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Health Officials Call for Better Access to Addiction Treatment – American News Report

Expanded access to addiction treatment drugs and services should be part of national strategy to combat overdoses from opioid pain medications, according to a commentary by leading federal health officials in the New England Journal of Medicine.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State expert says drug addiction at epidemic level – Tribune-Review

One out of every four families in Fayette County, Pennsylvania and the United States is afflicted by the disease. “But the families keep it secret because of the stigma associated with it. Families tend to suffer in silence.”

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
What’s best for babies born to drug-addicted mothers? – The Tennessean

The nation is watching Tennessee for new legislation that would allow women to be criminally charged if they use drugs during pregnancy that harm their newborns.

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April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
County judge wants drug rehab at jail – Medina County Gazette

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler wants the county to reopen the east pod of the jail to serve as a short-term rehab facility for drug offenders with opiate and heroin addictions. He said most heroin addicts who come through his court physically detox while in jail, but return to the drug or commit additional crimes soon after being released. “We are already using the jail informally as a detox center,” the judge said. “We are just not following up to help them be psychologically detoxed as well.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION TREATMENT
Christie speaks with compassion on drug addiction and treatment – CNN

While Christie has frequently said that drug and alcohol abuse is an issue that has touched his personal life, he elaborated further Thursday saying he recently lost a longtime and “dear” friend to addiction. “I could tell you that as we all stood around at his wake at 52 years old, that all of us were in a sense at the same moment of both disbelief and inevitability.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns – New York Times

Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone. These narcotics now kill more adults than heroin and cocaine combined each year. So many state health officials and advocacy groups were incredulous last fall when the Food and Drug Administration approved an even more powerful prescription painkiller — against the advice of its own expert advisory committee.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Public attitudes and policy toward drug addiction shift from ‘War on Drugs’ to focus on treatment – MassLive.com

Ten years ago, Jack Kelly was a recovering heroin addict in his 20s, working as an ironworker. “I didn’t openly tell people on the job I was a heroin addict in recovery. I didn’t advertise it. It was something I noticed I still didn’t want to tell people I was doing,” Kelly said.

METHADONE – USA
Bain Capital sees opportunity in methadone clinics – Boston Globe

The methadone clinic parking lot is jammed at 10:30 on a Monday morning. Inside a bustling waiting room, patients talk to staff members and wait their turn at the medicine window. Clinics like this one on Topeka Street in Boston can be lifesavers for addicts trying to kick heroin or other opiates. For Bain Capital, it’s also a potential profit opportunity.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pill that combines morphine and oxycodone up for FDA approval – New York Daily News

Moxduo: Some experts worry that mixing the two opioids will worsen the prescription drug abuse epidemic. “This is pure morphine and pure oxycodone,” addiction specialist Dr. Andrew Kolodny of the Phoenix House told NPR. “This is a product that is very easy to misuse. Very easy to crush and snort or crush and inject. So it’s significantly more dangerous than the products that it would be competing with.”

HEROIN – USA
Fairfax mother of young heroin addict: ‘There were clues. But we had no clue.’ – Washington Post

After Madison Walker quit heroin, he urged Connor Brennan to get clean, too. Brennan, 20, thought about Walker, who had grown up in the same Fairfax County subdivision and was sober, healthy, close with his parents again. Look how happy he is, Brennan thought. I want to be like that. A few nights later, Brennan was in a detox program in Chantilly. And Walker, 27, was dead. He’d taken one last hit, in a bathroom of his family’s home in Springfield, and collapsed with the needle still in his arm.

ALCOHOL – USA
Boomers Face A Higher Risk Of Alcohol Abuse – Huffington Post

The particular risks of alcoholism for those over 50 go beyond family, work and financial pressures, as well as beyond self-medicating for aches and pains, Colleran says. There’s often a much deeper issue that triggers the trap of addiction: A sense of lost meaning or purpose in life.

ALCOHOL – USA
An uncommon barrier to getting help for alcohol addiction – WISC Madison

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. I can just hear some of you now: “As if we didn’t have enough awareness of alcohol.” But think of this month as not so much raising awareness of alcohol abuse as a contributing factor to the pain and loss suffered by millions of individuals and families, but as awareness of the stigma attached to alcoholism and the barrier to treatment and recovery that represents.

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April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Mackenzie Phillips Is Now a Drug Rehab Counselor – People Magazine

Mackenzie Phillips breezes into the Pasadena Recovery Center through the staff entrance, settles into a chair at the front of the room and prepares to lead a counseling session for 30 or so addicts.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New drug policies applauded – Insurance News Net

Lisa Murphy missed Gov. Deval Patrick’s Thursday press conference announcing his aggressive plan to throw an arsenal of attention and $20 million toward combating opiate addiction. Murphy heard about the governor’s declaration from a member of Parents Supporting Parents, which Murphy founded in 2010 to help desperate parents like herself deal with their child’s drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Affluent and Addicted to Drugs on Wall Street – The Epoch Times

Hal* is a 29-year-old investment banker. As he tells it, his breakfast consists of coffee, a bagel along with two 30 milligram tablets of Oxycontin just to start the day. “I never thought I’d end up in this situation. Not me. I’ve always been a winner at everything I’ve put my hand to. But the wife is about to divorce me, and I know I’ll lose custody of the kids. I just can’t go on like this.”

HEROIN – USA
America’s Heroin Problem – SouthMilwaukeeNOW.com

She started buying the pills illicitly – often spending several hundred dollars a day. She stole to support her habit, but it wasn’t enough. Then her friend asked her: Why not try heroin, since it’s so much cheaper? Ana was shocked. Heroin, after all, was for “real” drug addicts.But by that time her dependence on the painkillers had become more than she could resist. She bought the heroin, snorting the powder at first. But within six days she was injecting herself with a needle – becoming the archetype of a classic heroin addict.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Being an addict doesn’t come without consequences – LimaOhio.com

Being an addict doesn’t come without consequences, including the stigma associated with addiction. One addict who wanted to share the hope that heroin isn’t all that’s important in the world, and that recovery is possible, wanted to remain anonymous. To honor his wish he will be referred to as George.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Parents given lowdown on a variety of drugs that threaten children – Harborcountry News

With the theme “What we don’t know could hurt our children,” the New Buffalo, Bridgman and River Valley school districts teamed up to sponsor a Parent Drug Awareness Night on Wednesday, March 19. “No community is safe or isolated from these issues,” said New Buffalo Middle School Principal William Welling. During the presentation, it was mentioned that all of the abuses covered in the talk were familiar to area teens.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Final Word: New painkiller controls a total joke – KTAR.com

Oxycontin abuse is estimated to kill 100,000 people per year world wide. It doesn’t even HAVE to be abused to kill, but it makes it easier.

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March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
JOHN F. KEENAN: With Zohydro, let’s not condemn another generation to addiction – The Patriot Ledger

Two years ago I wrote to the FDA, urging it not to approve Zohydro, a powerful, non-tamper-resistant prescription painkiller, but Zohydro was approved this past October. Now we need to take steps to prevent the over-prescribing of Zohydro and ensure that we are not condemned to the tragic past of prescription painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Final Word: New painkiller controls a total joke – KTAR.com

Oxycontin abuse is estimated to kill 100,000 people per year world wide. It doesn’t even HAVE to be abused to kill, but it makes it easier. America has a real problem with prescription painkillers. Looking at the health burden around the world, legal painkillers are a bigger problem than cocaine. It’s no surprise high-income nations that can afford to develop and prescribe such medicines, like Vicodin and Oxycontin, have the worst problem, with 20 times the abuse of poor nations.

HEROIN – USA
Louisiana committee OK’s doubling heroin mandatory minimums – The Times-Picayune

Since heroin is now easier to obtain, and cheaper, than drugs like oxycontin and oxycodone, addicts are turning to the illegal drug instead.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Addicted at 17, learning to start over at 21 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lauren Waldemar began a slide into addiction with one pill at a party. … At $75 to $80 for an 80-milligram pill, OxyContin was an expensive. Heroin was cheaper. It nearly killed her.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Marin parents who lost children to prescription drug abuse join new task force – Marin Independent Journal

Three members of Marin County’s new Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force know all too well how deadly the seemingly innocent bottles in the medicine chest can be. Britt Rosenmayr’s son Jason, overdosed on heroin on Sept. 18, 2010, two days before his 25th birthday, but Jason had been struggling for some time with an OxyContin addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Offspring of Parents with Drug, Alcohol Addiction Are More Likely To Have Arthritis – University Herald

The offspring of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to have arthritis, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Toronto found that adults who had at least one parent whose drug or alcohol use caused problems while under the age of 18 and still living at home are 58 percent more likely to have arthritis

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use – Huffington Post

It’s no secret that I’m outspoken about drug and alcohol use among young people. Being passionate about this issue can be tough. A friend recently posed an interesting question to me: “Why do you care?” she said. “Can’t you just let go of substance use issues and worry about something else?” It had been a long time since anyone had asked me that question, and I had to really think about it. Here is the best answer I can muster:

ALCOHOL – USA
‘I Would Die In Two Years’: David Cassidy Vows To Beat Alcohol Addiction After DUI Charge – Entertainmentwise

David Cassidy has opened up about his lengthy battle with alcohol addiction, claiming that it would have cost him his life in just a couple of years if he didn’t seek help for the problem which he says he is not “ashamed” of.

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March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Rehab Favored In Vt. Drug Cases – Valley News

Heroin-related crime has so overwhelmed Vermont’s courts and jails in recent years that lawmakers are poised to adopt sweeping standards for a statewide diversion program to get some offenders into drug treatment and out of the judicial system.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
FDA chief defends new pain drug despite worries about abuse – Chicago Tribune

The FDA’s approval of Zohydro has drawn a flood of criticism, including protests from the attorneys general of 28 states as well as dozens of groups representing doctors and addiction treatment specialists who are concerned that Zohydro will set off a wave of addiction similar to problems with the original form of OxyContin, another opioid.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bill Pushed To Stop Prescription Abusers – WNEP.com

Police in Lackawanna County say here and nationally, prescription drug use in on the rise and they tell us those drug users are the most difficult to catch.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse an all-too-familiar story – Indianapolis Star

Every 25 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from an overdose, and prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances after marijuana and alcohol.

ALCOHOL – Ireland
Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children – The Journal.ie

A case in which both parents had drug issues heard how the couple moved to Ireland after their older child was taken into care in another jurisdiction. The couple then fled Ireland when they had a second baby here and learned that this baby was also likely to be taken into care.

ALCOHOL – USA
Interview with country singer Marshall Dane: ‘Alcohol Abuse’ – Digital Journal.com

Country music singer Marshall Dane chatted about his newest single “Alcohol Abuse” and he opened up about the story behind the song.

ALCOHOL – Australia
Protecting unborn babies from alcohol-related harm – World Health Organization

Alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy can harm babies. It can also cause miscarriage, preterm birth, and stillbirth. If an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol it can be affected for life. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term for impairments of the growth and development of the brain and the central nervous system caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy

ALCOHOL – Australia
Why alcohol is ruining your brain – NEWS.com.au

Why can some people handle their liquor better than others?

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March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

DRUG REHAB –USA
Working Through Rehab: An Inside Look at Adolescent Drug Treatment – Diablo Magazine

Each year nearly 2 million people are placed in drug rehab settings across the United States. They are placed in hospital-based programs: in group homes, inpatient or intensive outpatient programs. As a therapist, when I speak to kids, which I have done for 20 years, I hear that “rehab” means residential treatment. For parents and teens, it is that sending away that most concerns them.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Loss of funding for drug treatment ‘beyond belief’ – KING5.com

With the shift to the Affordable Care Act, thousands of patients getting treatment for addiction to heroin, meth, cocaine, alcohol and other drugs under a combination of federal and state payments have been switched to Medicaid. Medicaid rates are far lower than the actual cost of the services.

MARIJUANA – USA
I’m a drug addict and I enjoy being high’: Top baseball prospect, 22, opens up about his battle with addiction and checking himself into rehab – Daily Mail

Jon Singleton, 22, from California, is considered the top first base prospect in baseball. He’s currently playing in the big league spring training games for the Houston Astros. After failing two drug tests, has opened up about his struggle with marijuana.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Trace Adkins: Out of Rehab and Back on Stage at the Opry – Music.yahoo

Adkins checked himself into rehab in mid-January after he fell off the wagon during a scheduled appearance on Country Cruising. According to an eyewitness report, he angrily confronted an impersonator who was doing karaoke on the cruise. Adkins subsequently bailed from the cruise after it docked in Jamaica, before his scheduled headlining performance.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
The government is right to crack down on prescription opioid abuse – Washington Post

SOMETIMES IT takes a celebrity’s death to galvanize attitudes about a drug epidemic that has already ruined, or ended, the lives of many lesser-knowns. So it was when University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose in 1986. So it may be with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman , whose death last month coincided with government statistics showing a rise in heroin use and overdose deaths among 15- to 34-year-olds.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Doctors form prescription drug abuse task force – Daily Local News

Describing prescription drug abuse as a growing “crisis” in Pennsylvania, members of the state medical community announced the formation of a multi-specialty physician panel to address the problem.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Sullivan near top of list statewide for prescription drug abuse – Mid-Hudson News

If you think escaping to the Catskills gets you away from big city drug problems, think again. Prescription drug abuse in Sullivan County measured on a per capita basis is topped by only two other counties. Substance abuse in general, nationwide and locally, is the number one killer of kids ages 10 to 19, even higher than guns or cars. Holden said parents need to recognize the easy-to-spot signs their children may be falling into the trap.

ALCOHOL – USA
Update On Binge Drinking Among College Students: From Bad To Worse – Forbes

This report importantly draws attention to the many serious consequences of binge drinking including blackouts, alcohol overdoses, motor vehicle accidents, poor academic performance, falls resulting in serious injuries, as well as the many lasting effects of sexual assaults (unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases), and even death.

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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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