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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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October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Gospel Music Singer Reveals How He Overcame Dangerous Battle With Prescription Drug Addiction – The Blaze

“Welcome Home,” Habedank’s first solo album, comes a little more than a year after the singer checked himself into a treatment facility outside of Nashville, Tennessee, to combat his prescription drug dependence.

MARIJUANA – USA
Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Profits Before Safety? – Forbes

“It’s truly a shame that yet another state has allowed and is now peddling recreational marijuana,” said Janina Kean, substance abuse and addiction expert and President and CEO of High Watch Recovery Center. “Allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in Washington will only perpetuate drug use in the state and provide a gateway for our youth for doing more hardcore, illicit drugs such as heroin, which is currently plaguing the nation.”

ALCOHOL – USA
ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas checks into rehab for alcohol addiction while on vacation – NY Daily News

The ’20/20′ anchor checked into a rehab center on Saturday while on vacation. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry. I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Film Documents Teens Struggling with Prescription Drug Addiction – Cape and Islands

The Hungry Heart is a new documentary about treating prescription drug abuse in teens. The film looks intimately at the many challenges people face in recovering, and one doctor’s quest to help young Vermonter’s struggling with addiction.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS – USA
Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story – Kob

Botticelli, who began recovery after he was arrested for drunken driving in 1988, considers himself fortunate. “I wonder, as a lot of people do, if there were prescriptions drugs like that, and I had been prescribed prescription drugs during the height of my own addiction, what would have happened.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drug Access, Fun With Friends Lead Young Adults To Misuse, Not Peer Pressure – Medical Daily

As kids, the majority of us are told not to give in to peer pressure, as if our everyday lives at school are filled with kids shoving drugs in our faces. But a new study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), finds teens who tell others that using drugs is cool aren’t the ones driving prescription drug abuse among high school seniors and their older counterparts.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close – Washington Post

Surveys of people incarcerated for violent crimes indicate that about 40% had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses. Among those who had been drinking, average blood-alcohol levels were estimated to exceed three times the legal limit.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Protecting our infants act – News Democratic Leader

Researchers estimate that one baby every hour is now born nationwide dependent on drugs and suffering from withdrawal.

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August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
U.S. Doctors Prescribe Opiate Painkillers at Twice the Rate of any other Country…and 500,000 Veterans are Dependent – AllGov

Doctors in the United States lead the world in prescribing opioid analgesics, or opiate pain relievers (OPR). U.S. physicians write 82.5 prescriptions for OPRs for every 100 persons in the country. Many of these OPRs in the United States are apparently being consumed by veterans.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
San Bernardino County Ordinance Aims to Stop Sale of Synthetic Drugs – NBC Southern California

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would give the sheriff’s department more authority to curb synthetic drug sales in the county. The new ordinance goes beyond the current California penal code, which limits its definition of synthetic drugs to five chemicals. Harper said that in reality, more than 60 chemicals in combination can go into the substances.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
CNY Head Shop Owner Sentenced for Selling Synthetic Drugs – TWC News

It was two years ago this month that a national crackdown on synthetic drugs took aim at local head shops. Tuesday, the man who owned one popular Central New York chain learned how long he’ll spend in federal prison for distributing the drugs.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
Synthetic drugs sellers appear to continue dealing after federal indictments – fox2now.com

Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Tips for using painkillers safely – Lillie News

With so much talk about drug use in America, you may not realize that some of the most potentially dangerous drugs are sitting right in many home medicine cabinets. More people die daily from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Amber Valletta Reveals Her Drug and Alcohol Addiction – People Magazine

Valletta, 40, says she started looking for ways to get high since she was 8 years old because she was “uncomfortable being a human being.” “I sniffed markers, I sniffed glue, fingernail polish, anything that could give me a buzz,” she says.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Here’s Where Employers Can Draw The Line When It Comes To Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Mondaq News Alerts

Drug and alcohol addictions have laid waste to many a promising career and have even resulted in dire ramifications in the form of violent and sexually inappropriate conduct. But as a protected disability, the pitfalls of dealing with workplace addictions are many and employers must exercise caution. Generally, employers cannot wash their hands of the addicted employee but must accommodate his or her disability. But there are limits to their obligations.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone clinic lawsuits expose addiction struggle – The Tennessean

Trex Treatment Center holds that at least hundreds of drug addicts in East Tennessee — including women whose pregnancies contribute to a statewide epidemic of babies born drug-dependent — would benefit from a new methadone clinic. But state officials and judges have not been convinced such a clinic is the answer.

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