Addiction Help Services - It's time to end addictionDrug RehabAlcohol RehabGet HelpContact Addiction Help Services
Drug Addiction

Drug News

April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment – Lohud.com

As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it — because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won’t pay for inpatient rehab.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – AUSTRALIA
Grant Hackett `proud` for having courage to seek treatment for drug addiction – Zee News

Former Australian swimmer Grant Hackett has said that he feels proud that he had the courage to seek treatment for a sleeping pill addiction.

DRUG REHAB – USA
GOP Gov. Rick Scott Raising Big Bucks With Founder of Abusive Drug Treatment Program – Mother Jones

This Thursday, a who’s who of Florida big shots will hold a private, $1,000-a-head fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection effort, led by a host committee that includes Mel Sembler, the founder of a notorious substance abuse rehab program that folded after allegations of extreme abuse were lodged against several of its facilities.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
How Did Zac Efron Really Break His Jaw? – Extra

A source told In Touch that after two stints in rehab, Zac is struggling more than ever, and that a drug binge was to blame for the injury.

MARIJUANA – USA
Every single demographic thinks alcohol is worse than weed for society – The Week Magazine

The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug — the harshest categorization — putting the plant right up there with heroin and LSD. It must be dangerous stuff, right? Not so, according to pretty much everyone outside the DEA. At least that’s the finding of a new Pew survey.

MARIJUANA – USA
Medical marijuana a dilemma for worker – NorthJersey.com

Charlie Davis was a lead clerk in NJ Transit’s procurement office last October when he began using medicinal marijuana to treat the pain from nerve damage associated with his end-stage renal disease. In December, because he had been bumped from his clerk’s job, he applied for a position in the agency’s railroad division and learned he would have to take a drug test.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Rock star talks to students – FH Times

Being a rock star comes with a certain set of expectations. Fans have expectations. The star has expectations. Society has expectations. Especially with a band like Megadeth. A heavy metal, hard-charging group which looks, well, like trouble to many. David Ellefson, a cofounder of the band and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, knows that kind of trouble, and he brought his story to Fountain Hills High School students.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Lindsay Lohan’s $150000 rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu ‘was complimentary’ – Daily Mail

It seems management at the centre, which boasts on its website it offers the ‘finest drug and alcohol addiction treatment anywhere in the world,’ decided the publicity from having the infamous hellraiser staying there offset the cost. An insider told Radar: ‘Health insurance wouldn’t pay for the rehab stint because this was her sixth time in treatment. Cliffside Malibu comped it.

No Tags

Comment

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.

No Tags

Comment

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.

No Tags

Comment

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?

No Tags

Comment

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.

No Tags

Comment

March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

ALCOHOL – USA
Our View: Trading jail for alcohol treatment could work – Jackson Sun

It’s time for Tennessee to try something new when it comes to dealing with drunken drivers, especially those who are multiple offenders. Members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference say they want to attack the problem of drunken driving by reducing jail time. No, that’s not a misprint. What the DAs want is to trade more jail time for alcohol treatment programs.

ALCOHOL – New Zealand
Massive rise in prisoner drug and alcohol treatment – Scoop.co.nz

“All prisoners are now screened for alcohol and drug problems when they enter prison, which allows staff to make appropriate decisions on the amount of support required. This means that every prisoner now undergoes screening for addictions, health, mental health and education when they enter a facility. The latest analysis shows that over half of the current prison muster has problems with drug and alcohol.

ALCOHOL – USA
Dennis Rodman: ‘Not an alcoholic’ – ESPN

Dennis Rodman checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center to re-evaluate his life, not give up drinking. “I needed to decompress from all the things I was going through,” Rodman said Friday by phone from Miami. “I was trying to get this game going and get everything going in North Korea.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – ZOHYDRO – USA
Meet Zohydro, the Drug People Are Afraid Will Be the New OxyContin – The Wire

If all goes accordingly, doctors will be able to prescribe Zohydro, an easily-crushable pain pill 10 times stronger than Vicodin, next month. What could go wrong? Pretty much everything. The potency of the drug combined with the United States’s inability to curb its prescription drug abuse epidemic has doctors and addiction specialists worried about the drug’s release into the market.

METHAMPHETAMINE – UK
How young women desperate to be slim are using crystal meth to control their weight – Daily Mail

Crystal methamphetamine, street name ice, is known for its terrible side effects – psychosis, paranoia, ‘meth mouth’ in which a user’s teeth decay and crack, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, and sores, which result from a user picking at their skin because they feel like bugs are crawling all over it. But it seems that for a large number of young women, one side effect makes all the others worth it – weight loss. An estimated 30 percent of female meth users take the ‘Breaking Bad drug’ or do not want to give it up because it helps them to lose weight.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – ZOHYDRO – USA
Concerns raised that new narcotic could be more potent, deadlier than OxyContin – Gainesville Sun

A powerful new painkiller in the hydrocodone family is raising concerns that it will be the latest abused prescription drug and that people will die from accidental overdoses. Zohydro, manufactured by Zogenix, is a sustained-release painkiller that is much more potent than existing hydrocodone drugs such as Vicodin and is intended to last much longer.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Killing Pain: Xanax Tops Charts – MedPage Today

The increasing use of Xanax and its generics has almost paralleled the use of opiates, said Michael Jann, a pharmacologist at the University of North Texas. Jann and his colleagues recently published a paper on the relationship between opioids and benzodiazepines, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that almost a third of opioid overdose deaths in 2010 also involved a benzodiazepine. Jann’s group cited evidence that Xanax was a big part of the problem.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Xanax sends 4 students to hospital – WFSB

One parent told Eyewitness News that she is concerned about the use of prescription drugs in a Connecticut high school and wants more done about the issue. Students are dealing with the death of one class member because of heroin while multiple students overdosed in the span of a couple of weeks.

No Tags

Comment

January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

HEROIN – USA
The War Within: Portraits of Vietnam Veterans Fighting Heroin Addiction – TIME

On the heels of recent reports about the enormous difficulties (joblessness, horrific suicide rates and more) facing American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, LIFE.com recalls that long-ago magazine article, and the all-too-familiar stories of young men struggling to put their lives back together after serving their country in a divisive, seemingly endless conflict.

OXYCONTIN – USA
The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse – A Place for Mom Senior Living News and Trends

The elderly may be the last population you’d imagine would have issues with drugs and alcohol. Think again. New data shows the number of seniors with drug problems is on the rise. But the causes are complex and the solutions aren’t easy. Get educated about the scale and nature of senior drug abuse.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Conway announces $32 million for drug addiction treatment – The Lane Report

“At the end of the day, we must increase access to treatment if we’re going to stop the cycle of drug addiction.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Christie proposes expansion of drug treatment services – NorthJersey.com

Christie praised the state’s addiction treatment policies and programs, and proposed an expansion of drug treatment services to include employment services and long-term substance abuse care.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Family warns teens to steer clear of synthetic drug Spice as they mourn dead son – New York Daily News

The synthetic concoction is said to be behind the death of a teenager in Alaska, who used the drug minutes before he died. Manufacturers of Spice frequently change its ingredients, which are sprayed with dried plant material and packaged as a form of incense — making it a legal but deadly substitute to marijuana.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Overdose deaths from prescription drug abuse skyrocketing in Southwestern Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“I think we’re in a culture in which everything gets fixed — there is no level of uncomfortableness that we think we should have to endure,” said Elaine Stano, treatment specialist with the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission, referring to the use of prescription narcotics for pain relief. “It’s a quick way to alleviate discomfort. There’s just an idea that we don’t ever have to be uncomfortable, and I think that’s a major reason drugs are a problem.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont’s, and Nation’s Drug Abuse Problem? – Huffington Post

To call Vermont’s situation a crisis is no exaggeration. The state has seen a 770 percent increase in treatment for opiates since 2000, and in 2013 had nearly double the number of heroin overdose deaths as the previous year. The rest of the nation isn’t doing much better: Every day, 100 people needlessly die from drug overdoses, more than triple the number twenty years ago.

No Tags

Comment

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.

No Tags

Comment

December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
‘Agents of change’ educate on prescription drug abuse – Johnson City Press

“Through this program we go out and reach out into the community to educate about prescription drug abuse and hopefully to impact others.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Holiday Drinking: How 8 Common Medications Interact with Alcohol – Live Science

If you’re taking one or more medications a day — whether they’re over-the-counter or prescription — is it safe to raise a glass or two, or should you avoid drinking altogether? In some cases, mixing alcohol with medications can be dangerous.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
The Drug Talk: 7 New Tips for Today’s Parents – Live Science

But after a generation of D.A.R.E. graduates, studies found that “just saying no” didn’t stop enough teens from doing drugs. A National Institute of Justice Research Brief in 1998 filed the D.A.R.E. program under drug prevention that “doesn’t work.” Yet children still need a drug talk, so researchers and experts in drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation gave MyHealthNewsDaily some helpful tips for parents to help children avoid drugs, or stop using them.

METHAMPHETAMINE
1 year later, family seeks ‘justice’ in methamphetamine death of 2-year-old boy – The News Tribune

The circumstances are unclear but somehow 2-year-old Nathan Iverson consumed enough methamphetamine to kill him a year ago.

HEROIN – USA
Alpharetta mom says heroin addiction a “crisis” – WSB Atlanta

A mother in North Fulton County whose son nearly died from a heroin overdose says she has heard from many parents who have high school-age children who have used the dangerous drug. “It’s a crisis right now. I’ve met too many parents in trouble. There are hundreds of kids up here that are addicted to heroin. Kids are dying,” said parent Kate Boccia.

KROKODIL – USA / RUSSIA
The World’s Deadliest Drug: Inside a Krokodil Cookhouse – TIME

American drug-enforcement officials say fears of an imminent krokodil epidemic are overblown. But it’s hard not to be frightened of a drug that leaves a reptilian mark on its victims. Especially when it is so easy to make: an addict can cook up krokodil using ingredients and tools bought from the local pharmacy and hardware store.

MOLLY – USA
Officials say new drug particularly dangerous – Journal Patriot

An illegal synthetic drug that has raised concerns elsewhere because of the varied toxic chemicals it contains is showing up in Wilkes County. Wilkes Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators first realized “Molly” was in Wilkes about six to eight months ago, said Lt. Craig Dancy, who heads the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit.

METHADONE / SEDATIVES – USA
New Year resolution: ditch drugs – Daily Advertiser

Eden had a cocktail of drugs in his bloodstream: methadone and the sedatives diazepam, nordiazepam and alprazolam. The drugs were revealed in a blood sample taken after Eden crashed a Magna sedan into the back of a Corolla.

No Tags

Comment

November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – AUSTRALIA
Chloe Lattanzi, Olivia Newton John’s Daughter, Talks Drug Abuse And Eating Disorder – Huffington Post

By her 20s, she was spending over $100 on cocaine and drinking half a bottle of vodka every day. After having a meltdown in September 2012, while mixing alcohol with prescription medications, Lattanzi entered rehab. She recently opened up to the Daily Mail about her struggle with addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA and EU
Studies prove students use prescription drugs to enhance their cognitive performance – News Medical

American and European studies prove that students use prescription medication or drugs to enhance their cognitive performance.

COCAINE – USA
Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence, enter drug treatment – CNN

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel said Wednesday night he will take a leave of absence for an unspecified time and donate his salary. “I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country,” he said at a news conference. The 37-year-old first-term Republican from Florida said he will enter an inpatient drug treatment program.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Rehab survey: Oxycodone is first choice – Futurity: Research News

A nationwide survey questioned more than 3,500 people in 160 drug-treatment programs across the United States, asking which drugs they abuse and why. Oxycodone was favored by 45 percent, and hydrocodone was preferred by about 30 percent.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Police: When prescription pill abuse becomes too expensive, users switch to cheaper heroin – Washington Post

On a gloomy Friday night in the Prince William County jail, a 36-year-old woman took a deep breath and pondered how she ended up in a windowless cinder-block room. She had been an elite middle school math teacher in the Virginia county, married, with two children and a house in Stafford County.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Oxyana highlights prescription drug epidemic in Appalachia – World Socialist Web Site

A mother of an addicted son explains how prescription drugs create an underground economy “that’s far superior to a legitimate economy.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
US prescription drug overdoses quadruple over last decade – World Socialist Web Site

A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health details the burgeoning epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
#EndMedicineAbuse: Why Prescription Drug Abuse Is So Personal – Huffington Post

Why do I care so much about prescription drug abuse? Because my father abused prescription drugs. He was once a successful chemist, but when he was teenager he was in a car accident that started his life-long dependence on painkillers. His abuse of prescription drugs caused the breakup of his marriage with my mother, and is why I barely know him today.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Journey to forgive: Man escapes methamphetamine addiction – Appeal-Democrat

Picture a recovering meth addict and a multiple felon, and the appearance of Surinder Dhaliwal would be among the last images the mind would conjure. Dhaliwal wore a button-down, blue-collared shirt tucked into khaki slacks and brown dress shoes. He smiled easily and often. His voice still carried a tinge of his native British accent, lending a distinguished note to his words that belie his journey, his struggle, to get where he is today.

No Tags

Comment
Next Page »



Addiction Help Services © 2006
| Privacy Policy | Terms Of Use | Employment |