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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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June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Ex-addict, a poet, details drug journey – Boston Herald

I didn’t want to live anymore, said ex-addict, a poet, who details his drug journey. Matt Ganem is a self-described recovering OxyContin and heroin addict who has been clean for eight years.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Healthcare Advocates Want Schools to Screen for Drug and Alcohol Addiction – ideastream

Drug addiction is a top priority for Ohio lawmakers who continue to see a staggering amount of deadly overdoses. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a health advocacy group believes they have a way of stopping addiction at an early age.

ALCOHOL – USA
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

I didn’t know anything about alcohol addiction and thought I’d just go ‘cold-turkey’. I decided I would just lie in bed until the cravings passed. I didn’t realize just how dangerous detoxing from alcohol is.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Rob Kardashian Taking Sizzurp And Drugs As He Battles Weight Gain, Says New Report – International Business Times

A new report claims Rob Kardashian’s depression due to his weight has reached an all-time low, and the 27-year-old is taking drugs and pills. A friend says the reality TV star is taking everything from painkillers to sizzurp, a concoction of prescription-strength cough syrup and soda.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone is #1 cause of overdose in Elkhart County – WNDU

Methadone, like Oxycodone and Morphine is a legal opioid but it can be abused in a way to achieve heroin-like effects. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Methadone is involved in one third of all opioid pain reliever-related deaths (OPR), but accounts for only a small percentage of OPR prescriptions.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
28 arrests for synthetic drugs in 30 hours – KSDK

“It is a message to the fathers and mothers of our community and it is simply this: parents if you have your children suddenly displaying a new found interest in potpourri , incense or bath salts, check it out. Please do not be lulled into a false sense of security that these products are harmless because you can buy them at the gas station or convenience store. These products are terribly harmful and they can kill,” he added.

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June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Functioning addict who hid pill problem now a graduate of drug rehab – News Item

White picket fence syndrome, that’s partly what helped Stacy Huber keep secret her addiction to pain pills. A wife, a mother, a nurse – that’s who she was, but not all of who she was. She hid another part of herself away. She was also a drug addict.

HEROIN – USA
Across the US, an explosion of addiction – Cincinnati.com

When it comes to fighting a sharp and frightening influx of heroin, the Cincinnati area is not alone. In Burlington, Vermont, the police chief sees soccer moms hooked on heroin. In Knoxville, Tennessee, addicts desperate for help are waiting six months to get into treatment facilities.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin in Delaware: Cheap, pure, plentiful – The News Journal

In Delaware and around the country, heroin is in vogue again. It’s a deadly fad. In the last eight months, fatal overdoses from all drugs, including alcohol, have jumped from 12 to 15 a month. Heroin’s resurgence is to blame for the rising death count, state officials say. Some already had been through drug rehab before heroin killed them.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin addicts left trapped; families, heartbroken – Mansfield News Journal

Desi Sandlin grew up 15 miles south of Cincinnati in Kentucky. She started experimenting with drugs at 14, progressing to pain pills. By 19, she was addicted to heroin. Her family spent a total eight years trying to find some way to get her off drugs. “The only way a heroin addict gets off heroin is when they die,” Kenny Sandlin told his daughter. His warning came true in September. Desi died from a heroin overdose at 22.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcoholism In Seniors Grossly Undetected, Undertreated – Benzinga

Elderly alcoholism, which was reported to have reached epidemic levels in the United States, is “underestimated, underidentified, underdiagnosed, and undertreated.” “The real issue – alcoholism or alcohol dependency – is overlooked and not treated properly and effectively,” National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. added that along with drug problems, alcoholism “is something few want to talk about, deal with, even treat.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Tim McGraw Opens Up About Past Drug And Alcohol Addictions – Huffington Post

“I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination. When your wife tells you it’s gone too far, that’s a big wake-up call. That, and realizing you’re gonna lose everything you have. Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Drug abuse institute warns legalized pot adds to tobacco, alcohol addiction crisis – Gant Daily

The health complication of marijuana use is addiction to the drug and making it legal will cause widespread use and more addicts.

ALCOHOL – UK
Battling alcohol addiction II – The Star

So where were we, oh yes….I was drinking 10 pints a day plus a bottle of vodka and my daughter had just given me the ultimatum of sober up or my time as nana to her children was over.

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June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Former addict Robert Downey Jr. ‘producing Showtime drama centered on a Venice Beach drug rehab’ – Daily Mail

‘When someone says, “I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?” Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.’

DRUG REHAB – USA
Hotel founder Chatwal beats drug-trafficking case after a year of rehab – New York Post

“Vikram earnestly strove, this past year, to address addiction issues.” Chatwal should consider himself lucky because he was facing a lengthy prison term. “If he had been convicted on the charges, he could have done over 20 years.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Pharmacist: Rehab turning Vermonters into permanent drug addicts – Watchdog.org

Pharmacists on the front lines of Vermont’s war on opioids say the state’s embrace of buprenorphine is setting people up for a lifetime of drug dependency. “I’ve never seen anybody go off Suboxone,” Jack Ruggles, a Derby Line pharmacist, told Vermont Watchdog.

DRUG ADDICTION / REHAB – USA
A reformed user, now 16 years sober and receiving her master’s degree, shows the road to graduation can be long – New York Daily News

Antoinette Miller starting smoking at 12 and sniffing cocaine at 13. She worked the streets as a teenager and didn’t sober up until her 40s. Now, she is taking the long walk for her master’s degree.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
City of Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing – Boston.com

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive. The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court states the city has paid nearly $9.5 million for filling opioid prescriptions since 2007.

OPIATES – USA
Sports injuries can lead to opiate addiction – My FOX New York

Heroin abuse is an epidemic. Officials say the addiction often starts with prescription pain pills and escalates from there. One group especially vulnerable to getting hooked is high school athletes. Fox 5 spoke with two young men who say their sports injuries led to addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Medicaid Expansion Helps California’s Heroin Addicts Get Treatment – Breitbart News Network

The use of heroin is up in California and around the country. The resurgence in the use of heroin is being attributed to a previous surge in the use of Oxycontin and Vicodin. Those who signed up for Medi-Cal, California’s expanded Medicaid program for the poor, are able to get free methadone treatment.

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