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August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

DRUG REHAB – Japan
Former drug addict relieved to be alive – Japan Times

“Drugs were a daily part of my life,” he says. “It was probably like eating three times a day for some people. I didn’t like it. I wanted to quit every time I used drugs but I couldn’t.”

DRUG REHAB / HEROIN – USA
Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin’s Lure – NPR

The first time Jeremy Wurzburg left a heroin treatment program, he planned to begin Narcotics Anonymous and do all the right things to stay off drugs. But one week later, the skinny, pale young man was hanging out with a guy who was also in early recovery, experiencing what Wurzburg, now 21, has come to realize is a typical turning point for recovering addicts: two guys sitting casually in a car, poised to use drugs again.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHAB – USA
Celebrating recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

Kara Nelson is one of the people on Dumont’s case load. The 40-year-old mother of three spent more than half her life abusing drugs and alcohol before sobering up in 2011. “I never really had a drug of choice,” Nelson says. “Whatever you had I’ll take, whatever’s going to get me out of my right mind right now.”

ALCOHOL – UK
Alcohol tax urged to fund abstinence-based rehab – BBC

300,000 people in England are addicted to opiates and/or crack, 1.6 million are dependent on alcohol and one in seven children under the age of one lives with a substance-abusing parent. Drink and drug addicts should be treated in abstinence-based treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol, a think tank has urged.

MARIJUANA – USA
Bell: Suspension better teach Josh Gordon accountability – USA Today

Josh Gordon is one of the NFL’s best receivers, the only player in league history to post back-to-back 200-yard games. If you had him on your fantasy team, you’ll miss him. This is not about football. This is the reality: Without his life, there will be no football.

OPIATES – USA
Once-a-month shot that blocks high from opiates making inroads in Maine – Bangor Daily News

Men and women climbing out of the dark hole of opiate addiction visit a recovery center in Augusta once a month for an injection that prevents them from getting high.

ALCOHOL – USA
Study: Social media plays role in alcohol abuse – Channel 3000

An author of a UW study that looks at the connection between college drinking and social media sites, like Facebook, talks about the study’s findings on Live at Five.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Addiction Is an ‘Epidemic’ in the Church, Says Ex-Addict, Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank – Christian Post

Dove Award-nominated artist Joseph Habedank is on a mission to take on the “epidemic” of prescription drug addiction in the church with his personal testimony and his new album, “Welcome Home”. Habedank is an award-winning singer and songwriter who performed alongside American Idol Season 9′s “singing cop” Bryan Walker in the gospel group The Perrys. He is also a recovering prescription drug addict.

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August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

ALCOHOL / COCAINE – USA
Robin Williams’ life was punctuated by struggles with alcohol, cocaine – Los Angeles Times

Robin Williams’ public life had a quiet personal current running through it for decades: his struggles with cocaine and alcohol abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Many commonly prescribed drugs taken by older adults can raise risk of falls – Fox News

Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20 medications studied.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse is a complicated problem that ruins lives and careers – Baltimore Sun

While there are attempts being made to stem the growing problem of prescription drug addiction, many are shortsighted. For example, late last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the pain reliever OxyContin. The new drug combines a form of the opioid oxycodone with naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids that are injected.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS – USA
Weeks Before Passing, Robin Williams Talks About Addiction – CBS Local

Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday, has struggled with alcohol and other addictions for decades. A man who knew Williams from a support group describes the actor’s demeanor and how he reached out to him last month.

COCAINE – USA
Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio Downey charged with felony cocaine possession – New York Daily News

Robert Downey Jr.’s son has been charged with felony drug possession after a California cop allegedly saw him take a brazen hit from a cocaine pipe in broad daylight.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Indiana loses funds to treat thousands for drug addiction – Indianapolis Star

Indiana is about to lose funding for a program that since 2010 has helped 11,400 Hoosiers battle drug addiction. Access to Recovery, a federal grant that expires at the end of the year, has supported addiction treatment in 11 Indiana counties. The program focuses on those in poverty and in the criminal justice system, as well as military veterans.

COCAINE – USA
Family Heartbreak — Tatum O’Neal ‘Feels Responsible’ For Son’s Cocaine Addiction, Claims Source – RadarOnline

When Kevin McEnroe, the son of tennis legend John McEnroe and troubled actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested for alleged drug possession Tuesday night, the world was stunned — but not those close to him.

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July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
ELLEN’S PORTIA IN BOOZE, DRUG & REHAB HELL – National Enquirer

ELLEN DeGENERES and wife PORTIA de ROSSI have been plunged into a booze and drug nightmare – as the talk show queen raced to save her companion’s life.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Prince William cops, after raids, arrange treatment for drug users, get some takers – Washington Post

In November, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department spoke with an alleged drug dealer after his arrest. In similar raids last week, the police urged dealers to enter drug treatment and offered to transport them directly to a treatment center.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ABUSE – USA
How to recognize alcohol, drug abuse – Fort du Lac Reporter

Treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse is effective, but few who need it have access to and receive care. Families can be devastated and children are at increased risk for their own addiction and mental health problems. How can you tell someone needs help?

ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Downtown rappelling event spotlights drug, alcohol addiction treatment – Tribune Review

Ciel Disilvio, 13, of Shadyside prepares to rappel down 26 floors at the Westin, Downtown, on Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014. More than 80 people took part in the event sponsored by Shatterproof, a new national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Some say prescription drug database would curb abuse; others ask at what cost? – fox4kc.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tracking drugs — who’s buying them and how often? It’s some information that would be readily available to pharmacies, for example, in order to curb prescription drug abuse if Missouri had a prescription drug monitoring database. However, some say it comes at too high of a price, the price of your privacy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Colts partnership to fight prescription drug abuse – WTHR.com

Indiana is one of the top 10 states for prescribing narcotics. It’s 17th in the U.S. for its drug overdose death rate. State leaders said the statistics are alarming. “We also have the highest rate of pharmacy robberies — number one in the country.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
EXCLUSIVE: Feds quietly investigating prescription drug abuse in NFL locker rooms – New York Daily News

The Drug Enforcement Administration has quietly launched an investigation into the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms. The DEA’s probe began after attorneys representing about 1,300 NFL retirees filed a lawsuit accusing the league of illegally handing out painkillers, sleeping pills and other drugs without informing players of the risks of health problems and addiction.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Poison in a Packet: “I knew at that point… I’m going to die.” – Part 1 – WNDU.com

One Elkhart woman tells Newscenter 16 she smoked a joint of synthetic marijuana for the first time and immediately felt the effects. She couldn’t go more than six hours without getting another fix. The drug made her so aggressive that she said she couldn’t drive down the road without feeling the urge to run people over.

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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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