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December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New challenges arise in prescription drug abuse treatment – Tucson News Now

The number of people losing their lives to prescription drug abuse has more than tripled. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control show the rate of people dying from pain meds has steadily gone up from 1.4 percent in 1999 to 5.1 percent in 2012.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Controlled fix: Canada starts prescribing heroin to drug addicts – RT.com

Doctors in Vancouver, Canada, have become the first medics in North America to administer prescription heroin to drug addicts. The treatment will only be given to a group of patients who failed to respond to traditional therapies.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
The New Drugs of Abuse: Difficult Detection, Unclear Treatment – MPR

New classes of drugs of abuse are becoming a growing concern due to their increasing popularity and a lack of scientific data on proper treatment for addiction and overdose. Many of these new drugs are advertised as legal alternatives to illicit drugs while providing similar effects and are not detectable in routine blood and urine screening tests.

HEROIN – USA
Drug Treatment Court Attempts to Address Demand for Drugs, Including Heroin – WHQR

Heroin busts have been in the headlines for the past month. Most notably, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office carried out the second largest heroin bust in the county’s history at the end of October. While busts like these address the supply of drugs, what is being done to reduce demand? The New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court focuses on permanently changing the behavior of addicts.

DRUG REHAB – UK
Watch Pete Doherty on drugs rehabilitation: ‘There is something inside me that longs to be clean’ – Independent

Pete Doherty says his current stint in rehab has made him see that it is possible for him to overcome his drug addiction and that he is writing songs once again.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opiates outpace alcohol as cause for treatment – NewsOK

In the 12 months ending in June of last year, 4,043 Vermonters sought treatment for addiction to heroin and opiate-based prescription drugs like Oxycontin. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – DENMARK
Lars von Trier: I was addicted to drugs and alcohol – The Guardian

Danish director said he is now sober and receiving treatment for dependency, but expresses concern over whether he will be able to make films in the future.

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November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014

COCAINE – USA
Tom Hanks’s Son Reveals Cocaine Addiction, Says He’s ’50 Days Clean’ – People

Chester “Chet” Hanks, the eldest son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has revealed that he entered rehab for an addiction to cocaine – but is now “50 days clean and sober from everything, including alcohol.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon completes voluntary drug rehab program, pleads no contest to July marijuana possession charge – NewsOK

Former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleaded no contest Thursday to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Edmond Municipal Court. If Blackmon does not commit any crimes in the next six months, the charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, Judge Diane Slayton ruled.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation – Acupuncture Today

In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.

DRUG REHAB – GLOBAL
The world’s most peculiar drug rehab centers – dw.de

Being put into a coma might not seem an obvious choice to someone looking to overcome their addiction to drugs, but it is one option on offer. Here is a flavour of the world’s less usual rehab centers and their methods.

HEROIN – USA
The great American relapse – The Economist

The spread of heroin to a new market of relatively affluent, suburban whites has allowed the drug to make a comeback, after decades of decline.

OPIATES – USA
Rehab may be best option for young adult opiate addicts – WTAQ

Young adults addicted to opiates like oxycodone and heroin may have the best chance at long-term abstinence in residential treatment – often known as rehab – programs, according to a recent study. “Given evidence that outpatient treatment for opioid dependence in young adults is not as effective as it is in older adults, we need alternatives to protect this vulnerable population.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA / Mexico
‘Mexican Oxy’ moves north – Albuqerque Journal

Last October, Victor Mendoza-Chavarin was broke, out of work and living in Tijuana when he was approached by “a man” at a party asking him if he wanted to run drugs. Mendoza, an American citizen by birth, said he told the man no, but the unnamed drug dealer was persistent. “I didn’t have work and finally agreed to do it.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
My Chemical Romance’s Mikey Way Shares Struggles With Drug + Alcohol Addiction – Loudwire

My Chemical Romance / Electric Century bassist Mikey Way has just opened up to fans about his struggles against drug and alcohol addiction. In Way’s statement, the bassist shares stories about his multiple “rock bottoms,” completely disconnecting from his loved ones and EC band members committing Way to rehab.

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October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
A matter of life and death – LaGrange News

For many people, the issue of drug addiction recovery is a literally matter of life and death. In 2012 in Georgia, there were 686 deaths from drug over dose in 152 of the 159 counties for which the Georgia Bureau of Investigations performs autopsies.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon voluntarily checks into drug rehab program – News OK

The winding saga of Justin Blackmon’s personal battle with addiction seems to have recently taken a turn for the better. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver has checked himself into a voluntary drug rehab program.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Kentucky OxyContin Case Against Purdue Pharma Leads Fight Over Opioid Abuse – Insurance Journal

Purdue, which makes the best-selling painkiller OxyContin, has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. It has won dismissals in more than 400 personal-injury lawsuits related to the drug. And while it has settled some product liability cases related to OxyContin under secret terms, Purdue has defeated more than 10 efforts to wage class-actions against it.

HEROIN – USA
Experts: Heroin cheaper, more pure than before – WBalTV

The heroin epidemic continues to grow, and investigators say it is now a supply-and-demand issue. In some instances, it starts with a surgery, back injury or some other trauma. A strong pain pill is prescribed, an opiate like Oxycontin, and the next thing you know, a person is hooked. The Drug Enforcement Agency said that’s a driving force in the increase of heroin use.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Number of babies born to addicted mothers skyrockets – WLWT

At first glance, this mother and baby look like any other mother and child. But take another look and you will see a baby that is withdrawing from drugs right after she entered the world.

METHAMPHETAMINE – GERMANY
High Hitler: Nazi leader was a meth addict, says new documentary – Washington Post

Based on details in a 47-page American military dossier compiled during the war, Hitler was taking a cocktail of 74 different drugs, including a form of what is now commonly known as crystal meth. He also took “barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls’ semen.

METHAMPHETAMINE – AUSTRALIA
Men pulling their own teeth out with pliers, children as young as 11 injecting, and teen ice ‘cooks’ vomiting blood: How meth addiction is destroying the next generation of Australians with over 350,000 hooked – Daily Mail

There are now almost 350,000 Australians – some as young as 11 – taking cheap, easily accessible and highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, nicknamed ice, which destroys the brain and creates psychotic behaviour such as users gauging away at their skin as they imagine feeling insects crawling beneath it.

OPIATES – USA
Parents are the first line of defense in war on opiate abuse – The Acorn

Three years after the death of Thousand Oaks High School football player Griffen Kramer put heroin use in the Conejo Valley under the microscope, area teens continue to abuse the deadly drug and other opioids at an alarming rate.

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October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Christie pledges $12 million to expand ‘Mommy & Me’ drug rehab programs to southern N.J. – nj.com

Speaking at a residential facility that allows new mothers in recovery to receive treatment for drug addiction without giving up custody of their young children, Gov. Chris Christie today announced he was designating $12 million in state funds to support such specialized care.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Editorial: The changing nature of drug abuse – Daily Iowan

Common street drugs such as meth and cocaine are no longer the main culprits. Prescription-drug abuse now rules as the No. 1 cause of overdose in the United States.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
‘It’s everybody’ — 2 families struggle with addiction – wtop.com

Trish Glowacki describes her son Charlie as having been a “typical teen.” But halfway through high school, she noticed a dramatic change in his behavior. Glowacki says her son wasn’t sleeping well; he was reclusive and alone in his room more than usual. His coloring was off, too, and his pupils were constricted. “It all started to change after sophomore year in high school,” Glowacki says.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
One Young Mother’s Battle With Opiate Addiction – Worcester Mag

When Worcester County resident Andrea Smith was 18 years old, her physician prescribed her Vicodin – an opiate pain pill – for fibromyalgia. She used Vicodin intermittently for the first two years. However, by the third year, she was using it on a regular basis.

DRUG REHAB – USA
#14Days: Moderation, a radical option in treating addiction – CBS News

Is it possible for people with alcohol use disorders to heal, resolve their drinking problems, and then safely continue to drink in moderation? It’s a controversial idea, but some experts say that for certain people in early stages of alcoholism, moderation management can be a solution.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Matt Prater: Rehab was ‘voluntary’ – ESPN

During his four-game suspension from the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, new Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater spent time at a rehabilitation facility for treatment for his alcohol addiction.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The shadow life of Jim Irsay – ESPN

KIMBERLY WUNDRUM’S friends passed by the lilacs and lilies and other flowers that she loved, but it was the blue orchids by her open casket, arranged in the shape of a horseshoe, that stopped some cold. Jim Irsay, the 55-year-old owner of the Indianapolis Colts, had sent the flowers, which was typical of the kind of thing he did.

MARIJUANA – USA
Pot should be legalized, sold like alcohol, says addiction centre – MacLeans

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.

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October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Can we talk drug treatment? ‘Obamacare’ Ky.’s best shot at beating scourge – Kentucky.com

For the first time, nonprofits and other providers will be able to afford to build treatment facilities, both residential and outpatient, knowing they will be reimbursed for the services. If the law is allowed to work as envisioned, Kentuckians who are ready to commit to treatment no longer will be consigned to a long waiting list that pretty much guarantees they’ll be using again before their names come up.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Buzz: Prescription drug abuse, deaths growing in U.S. – Press Connects

A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed more than 15 million people in the U.S. used prescription drugs outside of their original purpose.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Beware of prescription drug misuse, especially among senior citizens and teens – Times Leader

According to a recent report by the Medicine Abuse Project, one in six teens has used a prescription drug to get high or change his or her mood, and 44 percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs. That same organization reports that more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than car crashes – a tragic trend that’s increasingly driven by the abuse of prescription drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Realities of Prescription-Drug Addiction – WBKB11

It all started with a back injury in high–school when doctors prescribed pain relievers. At the time Jackie had been battling depression and coping with the loss of multiple family members, and opiates became a way to numb the emotional pain, but also a start to a dark path.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Will efforts to halt prescription drug abuse affect students? – USA Today

According to the Substance and Mental Health Services Association, nonmedical use of prescription drugs—with an 8.8% rate of past-year nonmedical use as of 2013—is the second most prevalent illicit drug use category among individuals from age 18 to 25, second only to marijuana.

MARIJUANA – USA
Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds – Telegraph

Research conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.

MARIJUANA – USA
Dr. Drew on marijuana: “It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction” – The Cannabist

“It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction,” said Drew Pinsky during a Colorado visit this week. “It affects the white matter of the brain, and for kids who start using marijuana when they are 12, or even younger, those bad consequences tend not to reverse.” Withdrawal, he said, can last at least two weeks and involve severe anxiety, sleeplessness and irritability.

ALCOHOL – USA
Could You Survive One Month Without Alcohol? Here’s How I Made It. – Huffington Post

Could I be one of the exploding numbers of Americans, unable to imagine a Friday night that didn’t include enough drinks to get a serious buzz? After finding it difficult to enjoy myself or relax without a drink, concerned that I might be leaning towards alcohol dependency, I challenged myself, 32 years after my first legal beer, to quit drinking alcohol for 30 consecutive days.

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October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon voluntarily checks into drug rehab program – NewsOK

The winding saga of Justin Blackmon’s personal battle with addiction seems to have recently taken a turn for the better. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver has checked himself into a voluntary drug rehab program.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Report: Chapman beginning drug rehab – Courier-Journal

Former Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman has started a substance-abuse treatment program at Louisville’s The Brook Hospital, according to a report by WDRB citing an unnamed source. Chapman is seeking help to end addiction to Suboxone,

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Unholy drug addicts in LDS Church culture – Standard

Trouble in the Temple: Utah, home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has the lowest rates of tobacco use and alcohol-related deaths in the nation. Yet, every year more people in Utah are dying from prescription drug overdoses than are dying in car accidents. In this episode, Lisa travels to Salt Lake City to discover how the hard hit LDS Church is battling an epidemic that is wreaking havoc on its faithful followers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose – WebMD

Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Panel in Paramus says changing behavior is key path to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse – North Jersey.com

Changing behavior and mind-set — and making sure that process continues — is crucial not only in helping drug- and alcohol addicts sustain their recovery, but also in talking about and preventing addiction from developing.

COCAINE – USA
Stevie Nicks: ‘Late actress’ tragic story inspired my rehab stint’ – Express

The Fleetwood Mac star admits her own lyrics made her realize that she was walking the same road as the 1920s star.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Woman recounts 100 days of meth addiction – Local News 8

As the Idaho Meth Project holds its “Givin’ Meth the Boot” event, an Idaho woman is speaking out about her addiction to meth. Cyn Reneau said she was addicted to meth for 100 days.

ALCOHOL – USA
Drug recommended to help cut drink dependence – BBC

A pill designed to reduce alcohol consumption among problem drinkers looks set to be made available to NHS patients in England and Wales.

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September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Preventing teen prescription drug abuse – 13 maz.com

Dallas Gay describes his grandson, Jeffrey, as energetic and friendly. While in high school, Jeffrey used prescription painkillers for recreational use, and rapidly became addicted. “Most everyone like myself, or Jeffrey’s parents, didn’t have any idea what it was about. That it was a progressive disease,” Gay explains. After struggling for years, Jeffrey died in 2012 at age 21.

MARIJUANA – USA
Drug rehab expert urges businesses to oppose marijuana legalization – Globe Gazette

“Businesses need to be proactive. You need to advocate your concerns to your legislators. You also need to be involved in community prevention discussions,” Pedelty, of Prairie Ridge in Mason City. If those concerns are shared, Pedelty said, then the legalization process might be slowed.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Good Teens Turned Drug Addicts – Huffington Post

The afternoon of her grandmother’s funeral, Brittany, 19, sat on the bed in what used to be her grandmother’s room, relieved to have finally snuck off after spending all day with her grieving family. In her trembling hands, she held a beaded plastic purse. Brittany knew it belonged to her younger cousin, but still she nervously reached inside, pulling out a $5 bill with her clammy fingers. Brittany was desperate. Yet, as desperate as she was, she couldn’t shake the feeling that stealing from a 6-year-old was a new low. How had she gotten here, she wondered—and what had she become?

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Seventeen-Year-Old Is Exposing The Scary Secrets Of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse – Huffington Post

Seventeen-year-old Cyrus Stowe saw a dangerous trend happening at his Dallas high school. His classmates were abusing prescription drugs and nobody was talking about it. So Cyrus decided to expose the problem by making a documentary.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease – New Old Age

I swear I don’t go looking for alarming news about benzodiazepines, drugs widely prescribed for insomnia and anxiety. But it shows up with some frequency, so, mindful of your fervidly held views on the subject, I am donning a hazmat suit to bring you the latest findings from the medical journal BMJ. They’re disturbing.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Former head of New York D.E.A. to talk prescription addiction in Oakland County – Mlive

PONTIAC, MI — After a judge noticed a rise in prescription drug-addicted youths appearing in her courtroom, officials in Oakland County have booked the former head of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Agency to give a series of talks next month.

ALCOHOL – USA
1 million hits for alcohol addiction video by victim’s brother – ITV

Henry Maybury from Shrewsbury lost his brother Tom, he died at the age of just 29. To pay tribute he put together a piece to sum up how his brother was feeling and what kind of impact drink was having not only on Tom, but also the rest of the family and his close friends.

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September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Off the Drugs, Onto the Cupcakes – NY Times

Rodney Zimmers was 21 years old and 135 pounds when he got off heroin and cocaine for good. Three years later, he was still drug free but had ballooned to 250.

HEROIN – USA
Eminem Rehab, Heroin Addiction HOAX! ‘MMLP2′ Rapper NOT ‘Quitting Music’ – MStarz

Rapper Eminem had a troubling addiction to prescription drugs several years ago. Now, the 41-year-old MMLP2 emcee is completely drug-free and healthy – so do NOT believe rumors that Shady recently checked into rehab for issues involving heroin. NOT true!

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Deaths Keep Rising: CDC – ABC News

Deaths from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2011, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999, there were 4,263 deaths linked to opioid drugs but, by 2011, the number had climbed to nearly 17,000, the researchers found, adding that it likely climbed even higher. “The numbers we’re seeing are definite underestimates.”

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
N.J. lawmakers say it’s time to treat drug addiction like the disease it is – NJ.com

Saying that New Jersey needs to change the way it treats a spiraling heroin and prescription drug epidemic, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today unveiled a package of 21 bills intended to treat addiction just like any other serious disease.

MARIJUANA – USA
Is Marijuana More Addictive Than Alcohol? – The Atlantic

So you’re considering a move to Colorado to live a lifestyle that includes the local (herbal) refreshments. But you don’t want to end up like some sort of burnout. You intend to maintain your weapons-grade professional trajectory, balancing it alongside a rigorous weekend mountain-biking regimen. You plan to toke, that is, in moderation. But how much is too much?

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Robin Thicke reveals wife left him over addiction – Zeenews

Robin Thicke’s several attempts to get wife Paula Patton back failed and now the singer has revealed that she ended their relationship because of his addiction. “Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews,” he said.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin: Mom struggles to help addicted daughter – Lohud

Every alert — every buzz, every ring — from Jayne Read’s phone brings a surge of dread. “I think it’s going to tell me my daughter is dead,” she said.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin Addict Beginning to See a Life ‘Without Drugs’ – NBC News

After two heroin overdoses and five relapses, Dan Gordenstein says he’s starting to experience times when “I don’t feel as though there’s no life without drugs.” Gordenstein’s mother, Debbie, was desperate to help her son, but when she found a rehab center for him, he threatened to run away. “My stomach sank,” she said, but her persistence paid off.

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September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Scott Disick suicide update: Won’t go to rehab despite drug overdose – Examiner

Scott Disick won’t go to rehab despite being hospitalized recently for an alleged suicide attempt by drug overdose. Disick’s pregnant girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian, desperately wants Disick to seek treatment for his longtime alcoholism, depression and drug problems.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Facing life after rehab – first group of Seychelles drug addicts back from volunteer rehab on Coetivy as the programme expands – Seychelles News Agency

After spending three months on Coetivy, one of the outlying islands in the Seychelles archipelago, away from the temptations of modern life in a bid to get clean, a group of drug addicts returned home yesterday vowing to start a new life free of drugs.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The White House’s Plan to Reform the War on Drugs – Vox

After decades of the war on drugs and little success to show for it, the federal government is looking to change its approach. The idea, as outlined in the new plan released by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is to shift from a focus on law enforcement to more rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs.

DRUG ADDICTION – GLOBAL
State Department official has spent career waging a global war on drug addiction – Washington Post

Thomas Browne went to Afghanistan to fight a war. His fight though was at the epicenter of the country’s heroin issue. As part of his work for the State Department, he was there to create drug treatment and prevention programs in a nation known as ground zero of poppy production.

DRUG ADDICTION AND REHAB – USA
How Modern Society Views Drug Use, Addiction and Rehabilitation Today – Economic Voice

It’s become blatantly obvious that criminalizing drug users does the individual, and society as a whole, little good, which also extends to the ‘war on drugs’ that’s notably failed to curb drug supply and created an even more horrific situation …

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Addiction and Passing Them to His Son – ABC News

For a time, it didn’t seem like Downey, who had been getting high since he was a kid, would be able to leave it alone. The actor’s drug use spiraled after he made it big in Hollywood. In 1996, police found heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as an unloaded .357 Magnum in his car when he was stopped for speeding. Then, Downey was famously found by his neighbors passed out in their 11-year-old son’s bed.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Millions of Young Adults Use Illegal Drugs, Alcohol Daily – IB Times

Fresh data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens and 17,868 used inhalants. Drinking was also prevalent among this age group. In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
U.S. to Allow Pharmacies to Take Back Unused Prescription Drugs – Wall Street Journal

Federal authorities will soon allow pharmacies and clinics to take back customers’ unused prescription drugs such as opioid painkillers in an effort to get addictive medications off the street. The change, to be issued in new Drug Enforcement Administration regulations effective next month, will address a long-standing complaint from people fighting opioid addiction that government rules make it difficult to safely dispose of unused pills.

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September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Sherrod Brown pushes bill to expand drug-addiction treatment – Dispatch

In the war against heroin raging in Marion County, Dr. Mark Piacentini doesn’t think he’s winning. “I’m alone, and I need help,” Piacentini said. “I have five people call a day (for treatment), and I have no room for them.” His small medical practice is barely touching the estimated 4,000 to 8,000 addicted people in Marion County who need treatment.

DRUG REHAB – USA
6 Counties Selected For Drug Court Pilot Project – The Chattanoogan

Addiction is the largest driving factor for crime in Tennessee and effective treatment is key to reducing drug-related offenses.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Calif. Bill Aims To Increase Access to Drug To Treat Opiate Overdoses – California Health Line

A bill (AB 1535) that would increase the availability of naloxone — a drug that commonly is used to reverse respiratory depression caused by overdosing on painkillers, such as morphine and oxycodone — is awaiting approval by Gov. Jerry Brown.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
The percentage of Americans admitting to illicit drug use – Philly.com

Nearly 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Opinion: The ‘stop watching Cincinnati die’ challenge – Cincinnati.com

Alcoholism and addiction are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Please let that sink in. That number is just fatalities.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin: Forcing someone to break addiction – Lohud, The Journal News

What if someone you care about is in the grip of heroin addiction and, to your increasing concern, can’t break free? Of course, there are lots of options, lots of ways to help someone struggling with alcohol or drug dependency. But there’s something New Yorkers in that situation can’t do that people in Florida can: legally force him into treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Stanford addiction expert: It’s often a “subtle journey” from prescription-drug use to abuse – Scopeblog

Here are some frightening facts you might not know: Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990, with the majority of drug-related deaths caused by prescription drugs. And as of 2010, about 18 women in the U.S. die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose.

ALCOHOL – USA
The Role of Nutrition in Overcoming Alcohol Addiction – The Epoch Times

Studies have found that alcohol decreases absorption of vitamins and minerals, and decreases appetite, limiting the nutrients that can be obtained from food. A whole foods diet can help to replace lost nutrients.

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