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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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January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 2, 2014

January 2, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey Finds – HealthDay

Oxycodone — the active ingredient in OxyContin — and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers, a new study finds.

DESIGNER DRUGS – IRELAND
Explosion in new ‘designer drugs’ sparks fears for safety of users – Irish Independent

A NEW breed of designer drugs cooked up in backstreet laboratories threatens to flood the market, posing untold risks to the health and safety of users. Police and health officials are alarmed at a rise in the use of psychoactive drugs, which has spiraled over the past year. A lack of information on the chemical make-up of the ever-changing drugs has heightened fears about the health risks they pose to users.

HALLUCINOGENS – Canada
Saint John police warn of dangerous drugs mistaken for LSD – CBC

“DMT is a dangerous, hallucinogenic drug causing powerful, short-lived effects,” said Sgt. Jay Henderson in a police advisory posted on YouTube. “It is smoked, ingested or even injected and induces intense hallucinations that can cause users to become dangerously unaware of their surroundings.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – IRELAND
Doctors face new rules on taking drug firm perks – Irish Independent

DOCTORS who enjoy being wined and dined by drug companies will have to undergo belt-tightening from the new year — in a first step towards stamping out “freebies.”

FENTANYL / HEROIN – USA
Connecticut police put focus on fentanyl, dangerous drug being passed off as heroin – New Haven Register

It may look like heroin. It may act sort of like heroin. It may be sold as heroin. And the people selling it — and the people they bought it from — may even think it’s heroin. But fentanyl is not heroin.

METHAMPHETAMINE – CANADA
Cleaning homes with methamphetamine labs a growing industry in the U.S. – Winnipeg Free Press

Many Americans are aware of the production of the highly addictive drug thanks to AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad,” which featured a chemistry teacher who turned into a meth cooker and dealer. In real life, cleanup contractors deal with a property when a batch explodes or police raid an operation and shut it down. Tens of thousands of U.S. houses have been used as methamphetamine labs over the last decade, and an industry is developing around cleaning them up.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Editorial: Prescription drug abuse must be taken seriously – Poughkeepsie Journal

Dutchess County officials have issued a special report addressing what is being deemed a prescription drug abuse crisis, and it is abundantly clear that officials — and the public — must tackle this problem aggressively.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
2013 a bad year for the fight against prescription drug addiction – Boston Business Journal

When Zalicus announced in November that its lead, non-opiod pain reliever drug proved ineffective in trials, it wasn’t only a blow to the shingles patients who were specifically targeted in the trial. It was a setback to efforts to fight drug abuse.

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June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

HEROIN – USA
Heroin most common drug among young adults entering rehab in Washington – Q13 Fox

Jennifer Troyer says her daughter Sarah was a great kid with an outgoing personality. Sarah had maintained a 4.0 GPA until she entered high school and started experimenting with drugs. “It started with pot. Then by ninth grade she was using cocaine every day. By 10th grade it was heroin and it’s been a downward spiral since then.”

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Actor Tom Sizemore comes clean about ‘getting clean’ after years of substance dependency – Star Tribune

His bouts with a laundry list of drugs devastated his movie career, left him homeless, sent him to jail and even led to a failed suicide attempt. The prolonged abuse and subsequent rehab stints left a trail of disappointment and heartache. With acclaimed performances in movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Black Hawk Down,” Sizemore faded into oblivion, trading his work in front of the camera for the haze of heroin and crystal meth.

HEROIN & PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Heroin: Prescription for Pain. Protect Your Family and Get Help – Cincinnati

If you suffer from moderate to severe pain, you might be prescribed an opioid painkiller such as OxyContin or Percocet. Here are some things you need to know.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription for addiction – The Spokesman Review

A Gonzaga University nursing student working in a local hospital this spring noticed something odd on the medication logs. A patient who didn’t need painkillers was receiving the drugs every time a certain nurse was on shift. The case is among dozens involving suspected drug abuse brought before the commission and underscores a problem along the frontlines of medicine: The work can be hard and stressful, and nurses have easy access to powerful painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Kentucky to study whether new pain-pill laws are curbing abuse – The Courier-Journal

Some say the laws have reduced painkiller prescriptions and rogue pain clinics, citing evidence that controlled substances dispensed dropped by more than half a million in 2012. But others say truly ill patients now have less access to medicines and former pain-pill addicts are turning to heroin.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin and prescription overdoses rise throughout N.J.; skyrocket in Ocean County – The Star Ledger

Police found her dead in a motel room, a potent strain of heroin inside her veins. Hers was one of two fatal overdoses that day in Ocean County, one of five that week and one of 10 in April. Coronato believes part of the problem is younger drug addicts who think they’re invincible.

ALCOHOL – USA
Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol Abuse – Wall Street Journal

Women’s growing predilection for wine has a darker side—and the only way to deal with it is to acknowledge the profound differences between how women and men abuse alcohol.

DRUG REHAB – AUSTRALIA
Baby boomers driving drug rehab programs – The West Australian

Australia’s ageing baby boomers are driving demand for drug addiction services, with a doubling of the proportion of over-50s seeking help to get off opioid drugs such as heroin. They now make up almost one-fifth of the 47,000 people who receive pharmacotherapy such as methadone in Australia, up from 25,000 in 1998.

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May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

DRUG DETOX – USA
Philip Seymour Hoffman Detox: Actor Entered Treatment For Drug Abuse – Huffington Post

Hoffman checked into a detox facility on the East Coast for 10 days after a prescription drug problem that started over a year ago escalated to him snorting heroin. He reportedly only used heroin for about a week before he realized he needed to seek help.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A Granite Bay dad’s wild attempt to save his OxyContin-addicted son – Sacramento News & Review

Brad DeHaven calls it “our family’s dirty little secret.” By age 17, his oldest son, Brandon, was selling and developing an addiction to the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin. Here was what seemed to be a normal, upstanding Granite Bay family, but DeHaven and his wife Lisa were ill-equipped to deal with Brandon’s problem.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Jolly completes drug treatment program, cleared to return – NBC Sports

Some players are held up from joining their NFL team until their college class graduates. But for Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, the degree he received yesterday is far more important.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Tried To Score Drugs In Rehab By Inviting Her Old Drug Dealer To Visit?! – Perez Hilton

We’ve heard the starlet is going crazy without her Adderall, but it seems she could be craving something a little more potent as new reports claim the former child star invited her old friend/drug dealer to visit her at Betty Ford.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Adderall Abuse as Final Exam Study Aid ‘Trending’ Among U.S. Students – Science Daily

A growing number of U.S. college students are abusing the ADHD medication Adderall to give them an academic edge, and they’re tweeting about it.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lil Scrappy Fails Drug Test, Heading To Rehab For Kush – HipHopWired

Lil Scrappy believes he’s addicted to weed … and after failing a court-ordered drug test, the rapper will enter a rehab facility for treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
How OxyContin’s Pain Relief Built ‘A World Of Hurt’ – NPR

Prescription painkillers are among the most widely used drugs in America. In the decade since New York Times reporter Barry Meier began investigating their use and abuse, he says he has seen the number of people dying from overdoses quadruple — an increase Meier calls “staggering.”

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May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

MARIJUANA – USA
Illinois Senate approves medical marijuana bill – KXAN.com

“For every touching story that we have heard about the benefits of those in pain, I remind you today that there are a thousand times more parents who will never be relieved from the pain of losing a child due to addiction.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
I-Team: NYC Targets Pain Pills as Latest Health Scourge – NBC New York

To combat pain pill addiction, Farley’s office is launching a campaign that looks … “For a toothache, do I really need something like OxyContin?”

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Are Women Bigger Binge Drinkers Than Men? – Cosmopolitan

According to new research, female college students tend to exceed the drinking guidelines created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Wrongful Death Suit Brings Attention to Prescription Pain Medication – Albany Times Union

After spending six seasons in the NHL, Derek Boogaard earned a reputation for being one of the toughest professional hockey players in the league. When he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in 2011, Boogaard showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain ailment caused by repeated blows to the head, as well as a high level of alcohol in his blood.

HEROIN – USA
Killer Heroin Use Widespread, Will Education Cut Use? – Cape May County Herald

Heroin in Cape May County is killing young adults from “good” families in “nice” neighborhoods. In the last month, the county has experienced nine heroin overdoses with five of them fatal.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – SWITZERLAND
Alcohol abuse linked to domestic violence – SwissInfo.ch

Almost every second woman who is subject to abuse says that alcohol consumption is a problem in her relationship, according to a study.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin dealer hopes others learn from his mistakes – KRCG

Week after week, heroin makes headlines. Overdoses are all-to common and dealer arrests have become the norm.
Right now, there are about 31,250 people incarcerated in Missouri. Many of those struggling with a alcohol and/or drug abuse problems.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Gateway Drugs that Every Mom Must Know About – Hive Health Media

However, doctors report that the use of opioid drugs like Oxycontin has been shown to very easily lead to heroin use and addiction, partly due to a decrease in the cost of heroin.

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May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Treatment needed to keep Rx abuse from leading to heroin – Marion Star

In 2011, the most recent year statistics are available, 1,765 Ohio residents died from unintentional drug overdoses. More than 65 percent had opiates — a family of drugs that include brand name pills such as Percocet and Vicodin, legitimate but highly abusable medicines, and heroin — in their system.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Funding Restored to Prince William’s Jailhouse Drug Rehab Program – Potomac Local

Over the last four years, the recidivism rate [for inmates who don’t complete the DORM program] was 55%… the recidivism rate for inmates who complete the DORM program for the same four years…it’s an overall average of 27%.

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
GIRLS as young as 13 are undergoing rehab for alcohol addiction – Perth Now.com

The girls are getting younger, they are coming in at 13 or 14 and have been drinking for a couple of years already. “Eventually we will need to start going out to primary schools if we want to prevent this.We would have to go back to eight and nine-year-olds and start working with them.”

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong – Take Part

David Sheff’s new book, ‘Clean,’ aims to completely change how we think about the epidemic that takes thousands of lives every year.

ALCOHOL ADDICTION – UK
Dog given award for helping Sleaford man beat alcohol addiction – This is Lincolnshire

A dog that helped a Sleaford man kick alcohol addiction has been given an award for bravery. “Before, I was in the pit of despair and hardly left my flat. Now, she gets me out of the house for walks and we meet people and I now have something to get out of bed for.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Rx. drug scourge: Staten Island is the front line in the war on prescription drugs – Silive.com

An urgent wake-up call has gone out to doctors on Staten Island: More than ever, this borough is Ground Zero in the deadly abuse citywide of prescription painkillers.

ALCOHOL – UK
Blue’s Lee Ryan: I loved going into rehab for my alcohol addiction – Now Magazine Online

Blue’s Lee Ryan has confessed that he recently went to rehab – and loved it. The outspoken star struggled with an addiction to alcohol for a long time but it became much worse last year after he split from fiancée Samantha Miller, the mother of his son Rain, 4. Lee quietly checked himself into rehab after the break-up caused his booze problems to spiral out of control.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin abuse: can it be slowed? – The Grio

Millions of OxyContin prescriptions are written each year and it is an oft-abused medication. But, OxyContin is not alone. Nearly 1.8 million Americans were addicted to some form of prescription pain reliever in 2011, much more than those addicted to cocaine and heroin combined.

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May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Abuse-resistant OxyContin will be only version available: FDA – Los Angeles

Three years after it approved a version of the opioid analgesic OxyContin designed to discourage the painkiller’s abuse, the Food and Drug Administration has effectively barred the original form of the drug from ever reaching the legal U.S. market. The agency says it will approve no new applications from generic drug manufacturers to produce cheaper versions of OxyContin in its original form.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Video: Gov. Christie touts Jim McGreevey’s jailhouse drug rehab program as model alternative to war on drugs “failure” – NJ.com

After teary-eyed testimonials from a dozen prisoners, Christie calls the program a model for his efforts to expand drug courts, which require criminals with substance abuse problems to get treatment.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Gaps in prescription drug abuse treatment exist despite Missoula effort – Missoulian

In 2001, the number of people in Montana whose deaths were linked to prescription drugs was 112. The number of people in Missoula who died then from pills? Eleven. One decade later, the Missoula community had put the spotlight on the problem and launched an effort to address it. But the number of Missoulians who still died? Twenty-two. And the number of Montanans whose deaths were tied to prescription drugs was 192.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Chats With Piers Morgan About Drugs, Rehab – Hollywood Reporter

Prior to Lindsay Lohan entering rehab at the Betty Ford Center to receive 90 days of treatment, the starlet spoke candidly about partying, drinking, drugs and getting advice from Meryl Streep. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves,” Lohan said about rehab. “I think people want to see me do that. They will keep saying the same things about me if I don’t.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Brooke Mueller in rehab for prescription drug abuse, rep says – Los Angeles Times

Brooke Mueller, ex-wife of Charlie Sheen and mother to his twin boys, has been getting treatment for prescription drug abuse since Friday. Brook had her children taken away and given to Charlie’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards.

ALCOHOL – UK
As someone who uses alcohol as a prop myself, I can see there’s a problem – Guardian

A new health report focuses on the problems alcohol is causing, rather than the problems that make people drink. Still, either way: there’s a problem

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Is Lindsay Lohan Getting Drugs in Rehab? – Cambio

LiLo is currently at The Betty Ford Center and TMZ reports that she IS being administered Adderall, a highly addictive prescription drug that many people abuse to help suppress appetite. While the drug is supposed to treat ADHD and Lindsay has obtained a prescription for it, her need for the drug has been called into question in the past.

ALCOHOL – USA
Barrington group warns of alcohol abuse during graduation, prom season – Barrington Courier-Review

With prom and graduation season nearing, the Barrington Area Drug Prevention Coalition is reminding parents and their children to be safe. “We talked about the strategies that go through our minds to prevent getting into certain situations,” said Meredith Slott, a BHS senior who was on the panel. The students said parental involvement is extremely important. Some parents also expressed frustration for what they see as a lack of supervision on the part of other parents. “Parent involvement is huge,” said Scott Nelson, another BHS senior on the panel. “A lot of times you can have great kids but an irresponsible parent can make all the difference.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
OxyContin a gateway to heroin for upper-income addicts – USA Today

Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.

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April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
Carol Burnett tricked daughter to go to drug rehab – KMTR NewsSource

Legendary entertainer Carol Burnett had to trick her daughter into drug rehab in a desperate bid to save her from addiction.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Dave Herman to return to UFC following rehab and passed drug test – Bloody Elbow

Coming off a 3-fight losing streak and his second failed drug test, Dave Herman is finally ready to return to the Octagon. He’s gone through rehab and passed a recent drug test, now he just needs an opponent.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pharmacy Robbery Nets Crook $24000 Worth of Oxycontin – Patch.com

A man walked out of the Walgreen’s on Folly Road with $24,000 worth of Oxycontin Sunday around 11 p.m. after demanding the drugs from the pharmacist and implying he had a weapon concealed in a sling.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Lawmakers Urge FDA Not To Allow Crushable Oxycontin – Fox17

Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription pain drugs. The abuse of opioid pain medications cost the country over $50 billion every year in lost productivity, criminal justice expenses, drug treatment outlays and medical complications.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New Generic OxyContin Too Appealing For Addicts, Schumer Warns – Gothamist

OxyContin, the opium derivative of choice for half a million people aged 12 or older, is slated to go generic next month. Though the new iteration of the drug will in many ways resemble the brand-name version, it does come with one feature that ups its street value considerably: it’s crushable.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol awareness month: Forewarned is forearmed – Darien Times

It’s Friday afternoon at Darien High School, and the texts are flying about what’s going on this weekend-whose parents aren’t home, who should be invited, what time people should show up. As 2:20 p.m. draws closer, the anticipation of the plans for the next couple of evenings grows.

ALCOHOL – USA
I’m Sick of Alcoholism – Huffington Post

This past weekend I went to yet another funeral for an alcoholic who died of her disease. I’m 51. I went to my first alcoholic funeral when I was 11. That one was my father’s.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Long Island Drug Addict Swindles Money for “Cancer Treatment” – Complex

Drug addiction really pushes people to their limit of their morals. Yesterday, it was revealed that 21-year-old Brittany Ozarowski hustled strangers and her family for six figures, claiming that she needed money to treat bone and brain cancer.

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September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Addiction and recovery is not the face you think it is: The Grip of Addiction – Cleveland.com

If you look at the face of addiction, you’re really looking at the face of America. And what that face needs more than anything is help. One good way to make sure everyone gets that help is to do away with the stereotype.

DRUG REHAB – USA
5 damaging myths about addiction – CNN

Do drugs really “fry” your brain? Once an addict, always an addict? Is there such a thing as an “addiction gene”? The subject of addiction is plagued by myths and misinformation that were created to scare our children away from drugs. But these haven’t succeeded, and have actually made it harder for addicts to seek treatment and to return to a normal life.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ABUSE – USA
Star boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez admit drug use – Los Angeles Times

Former boxing champions Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez said that they abused drugs and alcohol while training for fights at the tail end of their careers. The star boxers, who underwent rehab and say that they have been clean for a few years, Discussed their former vices during the premiere of ESPN Deportes’ new talk show “El Bar,” which airs Friday at 6 p.m.

HEROIN – USA
Economy drives spike in heroin use in Metro Detroit – Detroit News

The tough economy is influencing Metro Detroiters’ illegal drug choices, experts say, with prescription drug abusers turning to a cheaper — but more dangerous — alternative: heroin.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Brent Shapiro Foundation Raises $500,000 To Battle Addiction – Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood celebrities including Robert Duvall, Ryan O’Neal, Bai Ling, Richard Grieco, Catherine Bach, Drew Seeley, Nicole Richie, Gloria Allred, and Kris and Bruce Jenner were among more than 700 people Saturday evening at the annual Summer Spectacular, which raised more than $500,000 for The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness.

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
Parents’ boozing putting kids at risk: Salvos – ABC Online

The Salvation Army says it is shocked by new research which suggests millions of Australian children are at risk because of alcohol abuse in their families.

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
Father gave up drinking for his child, but there are millions of others who don’t – Sydney Morning Herald

In the grips of alcohol addiction six years ago, Mr Smeaton was in danger of losing Dane, who he now has sole custody of. ‘My addiction to alcohol meant I was faced with going to prison at a time when I had a baby at home,” Mr Smeaton said.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Doctor Is In – City and State NY

“I’ve had eight teeth pulled in four sessions, and each time I only needed the OxyContin for a few days, but I ended up with enough for more than a week,” said Charlie. Charlie’s OxyContin prescriptions were just four of the 22 million new painkiller prescriptions New York doctors wrote last year. The painkillers are so widely available and so addictive that they are fueling a national prescription drug abuse epidemic, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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