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June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Film explores teen prescription drug abuse with message for parents – La Jolla Light

“If Only,” a film about prescription drug abuse in young people, chronicles what producers call “a parent’s worst nightmare.” It follows the lives of two high school students experimenting with painkillers and other pills.

ALCOHOL – UK
Pete Townshend opens up about past alcohol abuse – Fox News

The Who legend Pete Townshend described his past alcohol abuse and how the “ridiculous job” of being a rock star fuels addiction before a starry crowd including Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit.

DRUG ADDICTION / DRUG REHAB – USA
John Moffitt un-retires, but will Seattle Seahawks snag him? – isportsweb.com

In March 2014 Moffitt was arrested and charged with assault and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. “I have never been so proud of a guy I’ve trained than I am of John Moffitt. Retired two years ago (because) he knew he had drug issues, took time to go to rehab, clean up his life, beat his demons and he has taken his life back!”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
How Much?! Global Prescription Drug Sales Forecast to Reach $987B by 2020 – Wall Street Journal

After a few up and down years, global prescription drug sales appear poised to take off and grow 4.8% annually over the next five years, reaching $987 billion by 2020.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Area police chiefs endorse governor’s proposal to treat drug addiction as disease – The Sun Chronicle

The program, which emphasizes help over handcuffs for offenders seeking to break the grip of opioid drugs, is increasingly being sought out by families of addicts for help in getting loved ones into recovery programs. Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace said it is important to look at all aspects of fighting addiction. “Treatment is so important,” he said. “It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a first step.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Rural U.S. Struggles to Combat IV Drug Abuse – Wall Street Journal

Abuse of opioid painkillers and heroin in rural areas and small cities is causing hepatitis C and HIV to spread in regions where they were uncommon two decades ago. New hepatitis C infections nationwide rose 150% between 2010 and 2013, with the largest increases in rural areas.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Addiction at heart of Baltimore’s woes – Baltimore Sun

In Baltimore, addiction takes a lot of people’s dreams away from them. Not only does an addict hurt himself but he hurts the people around him. We need to raise awareness of this problem and create opportunities for people to rehabilitate. Parents are struggling and communities need to find out who they are and how they might be helped.

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March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug database bills add security protections – Sun Herald

Missouri lawmakers have tried and failed for more than a decade to join the rest of the country in creating a prescription drug monitoring program. All the while, state Rep. Holly Rehder watched her daughter’s addiction to painkillers deepen.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION- USA
We Thought He Would Die!’ The Dangerous Booze & Drug Binges Behind Scott Disick’s Rehab Stay Revealed – Radar Online

Scott Disick’s latest rehab stay came right on the heels of a very public party weekend in Atlantic City. But RadarOnline.com has learned that his boozy casino trip was just the latest in a series of dangerous drug and booze benders that left eyewitnesses worried he could die from his addiction.

HEROIN – USA
Recovering addicts urged to share their victories – Sun Herald

Heroin overdoses have claimed thousands of lives — 25 in Haverhill alone last year. Yet millions of people have succeeded in freeing themselves from addiction to heroin, other drugs and alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
WASTED YOUTH: Our ongoing coverage of the region’s drug epidemic – Patriot Ledger

An OxyContin and heroin epidemic that began several years ago continues to kill at an alarming rate. So far, several thousand have died across the state, including 3,200 from 2003-2007. But people are starting to fight back. Find out what you need to know to protect your family in our nationally recognized “Wasted Youth” coverage, which began in 2007.

ALCOHOL – USA
Jon Hamm treated for alcohol addiction – BBC News

Mad Men star Jon Hamm has recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his publicist has confirmed. The actor, who plays hard-drinking advertising executive Don Draper in the hit TV show, asked for “privacy and sensitivity” following the revelation.

ALCOHOL – USA
Dealing with alcohol addiction – Iowa Farmer Today

Dan denied to his wife, “Darla,” that he was drunk, even though she found him asleep as frequently as three evenings per week most anywhere in the house when she came home from her job shortly after 8:00 p.m. Their two young children were usually trying to make supper when Darla arrived home.

METHADONE – Ireland
3,300 heroin addicts on methadone for more than 10 years at a cost to Ireland’s public health system of €20M-a-year – Herald

More than 3,300 heroin addicts have been on a HSE sponsored methadone programme for 10 years or more.

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February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015

DESIGNER DRUGS – USA
Drug rehab center sees more cases of new designer drugs; Flakka and Budder becoming more popular – WPTV

Drug rehab experts say users are putting butane hash oil, known on the streets as Budder, in their vaporizers. This drug along with another new type of bath salt called Flakka, are becoming dangerously popular.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Arrests, drugs, rehab: All hell is breaking loose this NFL offseason – NJ.COM

The NFL off season is not even a week old but the league has already endured it’s share of unflattering off-the-field headlines.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Poison Pill – PSMag.com

How the American opiate epidemic was started by one pharmaceutical company.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opioid painkillers emerging as safety threat for elderly, study – Business Insurance.com

“Psychological and Physical Side Effects of Pain Medications” states that risk of death and unintentional injury is particularly high for elderly adults taking opioid painkillers.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Amy Poehler Speaks Out Following ‘Parks and Rec’ Producer’s Death – ExtraTV

Wittels was candid about his battle with drugs, revealing in interviews that he had used Oxycontin and heroin in the past.

MARIJUANA – USA
Colorado Sold Nearly 5 Million Marijuana Edibles in 2014 – Time

Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state’s grand experiment with legal marijuana. In the first annual report on supply and demand, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division disclosed on Friday that 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014.

MARIJUANA – USA
63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization – Pew Research

Support for legalizing marijuana has rapidly outpaced opposition, with a slim majority (52%) favoring its legal use as of October 2014. That trend is driven largely by the Millennial generation, who support marijuana at much higher rates than their elders.

ALCOHOL – Australia
FAMILY members who abuse alcohol behind half of reported child protection and domestic violence cases – News.com.au

Alcohol abuse is behind up to half of all child protection and reported domestic violence cases, a landmark new report shows.

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February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Methadone Works, so Why the Push to End Coverage? – News MPBN

Maine is in the grip of an opiate epidemic, and has been for the past 15 years. Heroin is firmly entrenched in the most rural parts of the state.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Addiction Specialists Take Aim at Maine’s Coverage Plan – News MPBN

Under his proposed two-year budget, Gov. Paul LePage wants to end MaineCare coverage for more than 3,000 methadone patients. They would still have the choice of continuing to pay for their medication out of pocket, or – under the governor’s plan – they could switch to two other treatments that involve the opiate replacement drugs Suboxone and Vivitrol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State of Withdrawal: Forcing Addicts Onto Drug Treatment Few Doctors Willing to Provide – News MPBN

Suboxone and Vivitrol are also effective opiate replacement medications. But critics say the plan is medically inappropriate for many patients. And in part three of our series “State of Withdrawal,” Susan Sharon reports on another big challenge for the plan: a shortage of willing Suboxone providers.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Could medicinal marijuana be used to treat drug addiction? Some say yes – KOAA

Judith Miller, executive director of Courage to Change Ranch, an addiction recovery program, says that addicts using medical marijuana to replace other drugs is not the way to go. “For people who are going to live and establish a sustainable recovery program, marijuana adds to their addiction,” she says.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Save lives and money; fund drug treatment – Lancaster Online

Rick Kastner, executive director of Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, said the agency has always been “lowest system on the totem pole” for human services funding. Kastner’s agency has been out of money for inpatient treatment for at least two months. Substance abuse treatment funding suffers, no doubt, because many believe addictions to drugs and alcohol are moral failures.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub details past Oxycontin addiction – Bloody Elbow

Brendan Schaub was a guest Joe Rogan’s latest ‘Fight Companion’ podcast last Saturday, and the UFC heavyweight revealed some details about an addiction he had following his bout against Mirko Cro Cop in 2011. Schaub knocked out the MMA legend, but in the process of getting one of the biggest wins of his career, he also sustained a broken nose that required surgery. “It was the most pain I’ve ever been in,” Schaub said as he spoke about recovering from surgery. “Popping painkillers everyday. Got addicted to them.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Connecticut Nurse Among Highest Prescribers In U.S. – Courant

A Derby nurse practitioner was among the top 10 prescribers nationally of the most potent controlled substances in Medicare’s drug program in 2012 — an anomaly in a state where Medicare records show that nurse practitioners rarely prescribe such drugs, which have a high potential for abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller addiction crisis: Pa. prescription drug database faces lack of money – PennLive

State Sen. Pat Vance said Thursday that until two week ago she was sure the state would have a prescription drug database running by June 30. But then she learned there is presently no money in the state budget for the project, expected to cost $1 million.

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February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Sister begins fund for drug rehab facility after brother’s death – Medina Gazette

Kierstin Jenkins is determined not to let her brother’s death become another statistic. Alex Jenkins, 26, of Akron, died of a drug overdose on Monday. “I would like people to know that addiction affects everyone,” she said. “He had all these people in his life that were affected by his addiction.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / ALCOHOL – USA
Oklahoma reports rise in number of drug and alcohol addicted newborns – kxii.com

“Anything that gets put into a woman’s body, the baby gets, too,” said OB-GYN Kinion Whittington. Whittington says the rise reflects the high use of drugs in the Bryan County area, especially a spike in illegal use of prescription medications. “There’s been an increase in the use of Hydrocodone and Oxycontin in this area.”

HEROIN – USA
Bad heroin suspected in January deaths – The Citizen

There have been two possible overdose deaths and a third non-fatal suspected overdose in Peachtree City during January which could have been due to heroin. The potential exists that, unknown to the users, the heroin might have been laced with a powerful synthetic narcotic.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers Unlikely to Deter Addicts – Healthline

Recently released data show that fewer Americans are addicted to painkillers. It sounds like good news. But don’t be fooled into thinking America has a handle on its opiate addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Jury trial possible next year over widespread OxyContin addiction in Ky. – TribLive

Prescription drug abuse has killed more than 20,000 Americans a year, filled jails and treatment centers, and spawned a resurgence in heroin use. And nowhere is the pill problem more prevalent than in Kentucky’s Appalachians, where officials trace its roots to the aggressive marketing of one potent drug: OxyContin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin – WWLP

The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice. Now, more than 50 years later, a study from JAMA paints a very different picture.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION– USA
Ocean State addresses high drug, alcohol addiction rates – Brown Daily Herald

Rhode Island has recently found itself at the top of some undesirable lists — the state came in third in alcohol poisoning deaths and first in illicit drug use, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control. Topping national rankings, R.I. considers less punitive drug policies, more treatment spending.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA / MEXICO
Narco-drone laden with methamphetamine crashes near US-Mexico border – Fox News

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

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January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

DRUG REHAB – UK
Pete Doherty said to be ‘drug-free’ after treatment in Thailand rehab centre – International Business Times

In early December, two months into his treatment, Doherty is said to have relapsed, but he is now said to be free of drugs. As well as recording, he is planning more live performances. He is also launching a fund to assist other addicts to receive treatment at the British-run Hope Rehab Centre in Si Racha, on Thailand’s east coast.

HEROIN / COCAINE – USA
Battling Drug Addiction, Veteran Credits Support Center for Turning His Life Around – Rochester TWC News

Michael Brown was a member of the Army National Guard from 2006-2012, and when he returned home, he found himself depressed and plagued with survivor’s guilt. Michael became addicted to heroin and crack cocaine.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTIONS DRUGS – USA
Heroin cheaper than painkillers in Denver – 9NEWS

Heroin and prescription drug abuse are two of the leading causes of overdose deaths in Colorado. Over the years, there’s been a shift in which drugs addicts have been trying to get their hands on.

HEROIN – USA
Ky. heroin bills raise hope, face skepticism – Cincinnati.com

We all know heroin use is an epidemic in our area. But what are our local leaders and institutions doing – or not doing – to fight it?

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
A Hundred Years Failure – Politico

How did a law to regulate heroin traffic turn into the costly, futile War on Drugs? We don’t need a drug czar to tell us—even though one of them has—the war on drugs, by its own measures, has been a century-long failure.

HEROIN – USA
Arkansas law enforcement concerned about heroin – Chron.com

Arkansas law enforcement authorities are expressing concern about the growing heroin use in the state. The re-emergence of the highly addictive drug is being blamed on easy access for many years to overprescribed pain-treatment opiates, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

ALCOHOL – USA
Fake bar part of research into anti-drinking drug – Mohave Valley News

There’s no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles. The real alcohol is locked away but still close enough for the extra temptation of smell — and to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say “when” sooner than usual.

ALCOHOL – USA
Campaign looks to discourage parents from supplying alcohol to kids – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The “Is It Worth it?” campaign reminds parents that there are real dangers and consequences for providing alcohol to minors.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Martial arts class helps kids and adults work through trauma – The Southern

Dawn Prince has learned life lessons through personal drug and alcohol struggles and her experiences being homeless for five years that she uses in her Snow Monkey Martial Arts classes. The Buddhist monk said “everyone can be a teacher” and she learned patience and love from homeless people and addicts.

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December 24, 2014

December 24, 2014

COCAINE / MARIJUANA – USA
Stevie J Ordered to Rehab After Failing Drug Tests – ABC News

A cast member on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has been ordered to spend 30 days at a drug rehabilitation center after prosecutors said he repeatedly failed cocaine and marijuana tests.

DRUG REHAB – USA
America is becoming a nation of prisons– Jacksonville.com

Did the people of the United States suddenly become evil in the 1980s? The answers are explored in a study from the National Research Council of the National Academies. The first sentence says it all: “After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of incarceration in the United States more than quadrupled in the past four decades.”

DRUG REHAB – USA
Unintended, but Not Unknown, Consequence of Prop. 47: Less Drug Treatment – Allgov.com

California is going to have to find another way to steer convicted criminals into drug treatment programs following the passage last month of Proposition 47, the measure reducing sentences of some lesser crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge – New York Times

Even as the Food and Drug Administration approves new, powerful opioid-based painkillers, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overuse. New studies showed that opioids may help only half of patients prescribed them, and many of those, only temporarily. The greatest proponents of narcotic pain killers have recognized their dangers. “Did I teach about pain management, specifically about opioid therapy, in a way that reflects misinformation? Well, against the standards of 2012, I guess I did.”

HEROIN – USA
Beyond Narcan: Why Heroin Addicts Need More Than an Overdose Antidote – NBC News

The opiate-blocker naloxone is one of the year’s most celebrated drugs, breaking into the mainstream as a magic-bullet antidote that yanks overdose victims from the brink of death with a shot of nasal spray or an intravenous injection. Police take it on patrols. Emergency medical technicians keep it in their ambulances. Ordinary Americans are stocking their medicine cabinets with it. Because of it, hundreds of people who might have died this year from taking too much heroin, Oxycontin or similar painkillers remain alive. But the lifesaving medication is not a cure.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Pushing an addict away comes with heartache, hope – Delaware Online

Greg had been in and out of drug rehab for the better part of his young adult life, struggling to manage a heroin addiction. About six years ago, he and a girlfriend got caught shoplifting to sustain their fix, and he immediately had to go back into rehab. This time in Harrisburg, for 90 days. Greg made it through 10 weeks. “They said to me, ‘You have to come get your son.’

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol in moderation good for you? Accepted wisdom may not be wise and other myth-busting alcohol truisms – Genetic Literacy Project

Some say moderate alcohol consumption is good for you. But a recent Scandinavian study reports that a protective effect of alcohol on the heart may be most obvious only in 15 percent of people, those with a particular genetic mutation.

DRUGS / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Affordable Care Act and addiction – Dodge Globe

Substance abuse treatment has historically reached only a fraction of the people with problems. About 90 percent of people who could be diagnosed with a substance use disorder do not receive treatment in any given year. In 2013, an estimated 20.2 million Americans who could benefit from treatment received no care. That is changing as result of the ACA. For the first time, millions of people can now seek treatment for a range of drug and alcohol abuse problems.

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December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pain relief for vets doesn’t have to lead to deadly prescription drug addiction – SacBee

The epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States has become rampant and deadly. Unfortunately, those who have served our nation are disproportionately prone to abusing powerful narcotics that have been prescribed for combat injuries.

ALCOHOL – UK / GLOBAL
Ken Buchanan ‘battling alcohol addiction’ – Scotsman

FORMER world champion boxer Ken Buchanan is reportedly battling alcohol addiction in hospital. Buchanan, 69, is said to have been admitted to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital after being found slumped on a bench in a park. And a friend of the boxing legend today said he fears Buchanan may never leave hospital.

METHADONE – USA
INVESTIGATION: Does Methadone Work to Stop Heroin Addiction? – ABC

Methadone clinics claim to help heroin users kick their addiction to the drug, but methadone treatment has been practiced for decades and the heroin epidemic continues to get worse. Reporter Kelly May investigated one Dayton methadone clinic; Project C.U.R.E. on James H. McGee Boulevard., to see how they treat clients for heroin addiction. The clinic has been in operation for 44 years.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Has Purdue Met Its Match? OxyContin Case Goes to Trial in Kentucky – Atlanta Legal Examiner

Purdue, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, has won dismissals in over 400 personal injury lawsuits related to the medication, has settled product liability cases involving the drug without disclosing the terms, and has defeated more than ten class actions suits brought against it over the painkiller, but has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. Until now.

ALCOHOL – USA
Priest hopes to break alcohol addiction after prison – Utica Observer Dispatch

The Rev. Valentine Krul just wants to go back to being a priest again. But first, he must head to state prison for stealing more than $87,000 from a New York Mills church and crashing his car while driving drunk. Then, he will have to break free from the devastating grip of his alcohol addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Scientists close in on non-addictive opioid painkillers – USA Today

Opioid painkillers have long been the gold standard for severe pain, but they come with a terrible dark side: They are the main culprits in a prescription drug abuse crisis that has killed thousands across the nation and spawned a resurgence of heroin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Purdue Pharma Wins Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Pain Pill – Bloomberg

The Food and Drug Administration said today it cleared the drug Hysingla ER with a label that indicates the tablet is difficult to abuse via injection or snorting. Closely held Purdue’s Hysingla will compete with the only other approved pure hydrocodone medicine, Zogenix Inc. (ZGNX)’s Zohydro. The drugs are intended to be liver-friendly alternatives to drugs including Vicodin that mix hydrocodone with less-potent medicines such as acetaminophen.

ALCOHOL – USA
Holiday stress can increase chances of alcohol abuse – Sun Herald

Holiday celebrations that include alcohol can put extra stress on those battling or recovering from alcohol addiction — and their families. “Around the holidays, alcohol abounds at parties and family gatherings,” said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Being around alcohol and others who might be ‘old drinking buddies’ could drive temptation higher.”

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November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Non-addictive narcotic painkillers may be close – Courier-Journal

Besides being non-addictive, drug makers say, it doesn’t cause nausea, … doctors, regulators and patients about OxyContin’s addiction risk.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Woman recovering from $100K/month addiction turns to “miracle treatments – ABC7Chicago

Now she’s using this treatment to fight addiction … But what happens when a medication becomes an addiction? … “OxyContin, oxycodone, dalotta, all of them.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery – GazetteNet

Herren, six years clean after a 14-year addiction to drugs and alcohol … after a friend sold him the time-release painkiller OxyContin at age 23.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
A mother’s story of agony over her son’s death, by his own hand in the county jail – The Altamont Enterprise

A grieving mother wants her son’s death to be a wakeup call for the county jail. Maryanne Rappaport, whose son, Adam, hanged himself in the Albany County jail last month, is committed to policy reform for the institution

HEROIN – USA
The Sad Reason Anthony Bourdain Was Filming in My Hometown – Aleteia

What could possibly bring Anthony Bourdain to film in this sleepy, dusty little corner of Western Massachusetts known for its pleasant (but typical) New England scenery and history? The answer made my heart sink.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Woman details her life as an addict – Beckley Register-Herald

The life that Beth Webb lives now is the life she’d wanted as a 21-year-old mom. Her comfortable life is far different from the lifestyle she was living six years ago. In those days, she often woke up sick. She was homeless. She risked jail time and her health to get prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Lortab.

COCAINE – USA
Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch extends rehab for cocaine addiction – Fox Sports

The former owner of the South Florida clinic that supplied performance-enhancing substances to major league baseball players will get more drug rehabilitation. A federal judge on Wednesday agreed to delay sentencing for Anthony Bosch from Dec. 18 to Feb. 17. Bosch lawyer Guy Lewis says Bosch needs a second phase of treatment for his admitted cocaine addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Transition from moderate to problem drinking hinges on genetic material – Medical News Today

Having a few drinks with friends is a regular part of social life for many individuals, but for over 7% of adults in the US, just a “few drinks” can quickly turn into problem drinking or alcohol use disorder.

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November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
New Way To Help Meth Addicts Stay Clean: Antibodies – Sci Tech Today

Designing medications and immune therapies that blunt a drug addict’s high and help him kick his habit is a promising idea. And someday soon it is expected to yield actual medications for addiction.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Group preparing proposals to address, stem drug abuse epidemic across Maine – Bangor Daily News

People suffering from addiction who end up in the hospital or jail because of their drug use often want to receive help to prevent it from happening again. However, the waiting list to enter treatment can be lengthy, and hospitals and jails are only equipped to treat withdrawal symptoms for a short period before releasing the individual, who often ends up going back to his or her old ways without pursuing treatment further.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Heroin Addict Emerges From an Arizona Cave to Help Others – Bloomberg

Adopted at birth, he grew up in the Massachusetts communities of Danvers and Peabody where he excelled at soccer. His creeping addiction first showed itself in his early teens when he’d stash booze that he stole from high school parties in the woods to keep himself supplied. Later, he binged on club drugs and shot heroin for the first time in a Dunkin’ Donuts bathroom.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Killing pain: How safe are opioids? – Daily UW

Gary Franklin, a research professor in the UW department of environmental and occupational health sciences and the Medical Director for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, argues opioids carry too much risk for any use outside of cancer-associated pain. Therefore, Franklin argued, chronic opioid prescriptions should be eliminated for almost all of their current applications.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bouncing back: Georgetown College point guard once a top recruit before addiction derailed plans – Kentucky.com

About four years ago, Cottrill broke one of the sesamoid bones in his left foot. More pain came prior to his high school senior year when he was involved in a car wreck that required more than 90 stitches to bind his wounds. By then, Cottrill was hailed as a basketball savant. Easily a top 100 national prospect and the No. 1 player in West Virginia. “So, I felt a lot of pressure that I had to perform every game …,” he said. “I don’t think I should have felt that, but I did. Everybody was watching me, so I was so scared to mess up. I just wanted to play to the best of my potential, so I started relying on (drugs). It became a habit, I guess.”

ECSTASY – USA
Texas woman dies after first dose of Ecstasy – USA Today

A Texas State student died last month after what friends say was her first experience with the drug Ecstasy. Jessica Hunter, 21, took the drug at the Austin City Limits festival on Oct. 5 and later had a seizure on the sidewalk.

ECSTASY – USA
MDMA (Ecstasy) drug guide for parents – Bedford Wicked Local

The Drug Enforcement Administration considers MDMA to be a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted use in medical treatment. Parents really need to talk with their kids and not take the use of Ecstasy lightly.

ALCOHOL – USA
Recovery from alcohol addiction can make you an insomniac – The Health Site

The findings of a recent study revealed that incidence of insomnia during early recovery may be five times higher than the general population and may persist for months to years and hence ‘treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of sobriety and quality of life.’

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