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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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January 23, 2013

January 24, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
Ryan Leaf prison sentence continued after drug rehab eviction – Examiner.com

Ryan Leaf is headed back to prison after getting kicked out of a drug rehab center. Leaf has been in and out of jail, with his biggest crime coming when he began to break into people’s homes to steal their prescription medication.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Colorado second in nation for prescription drug abuse – Denver Business Journal

Colorado is second only to Oregon in the abuse of prescription. . The abuse of painkillers was highest among Coloradans between 18 and 25 years old. The survey found 14.01 percent of that population abused painkillers.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Lindsay Lohan Turns Down Drug Rehab for Jail by Firing Her Attorney – SBWire

Lindsay Lohan turned down an offer to enter a lockdown drug and alcohol rehab facility in favor of jail. Lohan was in a June car accident and lied to the police, which is the reason why she is facing hard time.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – IRELAND
Suicide – alcohol abuse must be tackled – Irish Health

While the rate of male suicide in Ireland overall is relatively low in relation to the European Union (EU), ‘the rate among young males is among the highest in the EU’. The high suicide level among young Irish men could be reduced if more was done to tackle the issue of alcohol abuse, Alcohol Action Ireland has said.

DRUG REHAB – BRAZIL
Brazil considers compulsory drug rehabilitation law – BBC News

Brazilian authorities are considering a law which would make treatment compulsory for crack cocaine users in Rio de Janeiro. With many user smoking openly on the streets, Brazil has the highest rate of crack cocaine consumption in the world.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Navy to screen sailors to identify, curb alcohol abuse – The Virginian-Pilot

Navy to screen sailors to identify, curb alcohol abuse as part of a beefed-up program to prevent alcohol abuse among sailors.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Justin Bieber‘s mom wants him to go to rehab – ShowBizSpy

“Pattie’s worst fear is that Justin will end up just like his father,” said the insider. “He was a booz¬ing, brawling drug user who walked away from his family when Justin was a baby. So I’m sure she will locate the best addiction specialists in the field and demand that a plan be put into place immediately. Pat¬tie’s terrified if she doesn’t step in now, Justin will become another Hollywood tragedy.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Report: Arizona has nation’s sixth-highest prescription drug abuse rate – KNXV-TV

Shumaker said the state is also testing a program to curb prescription drug abuse in Graham, Pinal and Yavapai counties. If the new techniques are effective, Shumaker said they could be adopted statewide.

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January 8, 2013

January 8, 2013

DRUG REHAB – USA
UFC commentator Mike Goldberg responds to drug rehab rumors – MMAmania.com

Mike Goldberg has broken his silence, responding to drug rehab rumors, revealing he is dealing with a “complicated health issue.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
$1.3 Million Drug Court Program Looks to Help Prescription Drug Abusers – Patch.com

A statewide, prescription database might have reduced “doctor shopping” but prescription drugs still rank as the major abused substance that lands people in Adult Drug Court.

DRUG REHAB – SIBERIA
Siberian psychologists thrash patients with STICKS to help them kick their addictions – Daily Mail

Siberian psychologists claim they are helping drug, drink or sex addicts kick their habits by literally beating it out of them with corporal punishment. The painful treatment, which involves lashing addicts on the buttocks, could help cure drug-users such as Pete Doherty or anyone who has failed with other methods, its practitioners claim.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New regulations for Kentucky law dealing with prescription drug abuse moves forward – Lexington Herald Leader

A legislative review panel signed off on several new regulations Monday that govern the implementation of a controversial 2012 law to tackle Kentucky’s prescription drug-abuse problem. The regulations for the so-called “pill mill bill” dealt with a variety of issues, ranging from standards for prescribing certain medications to disciplinary hearings and continuing education for doctors.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Navajo Nation awards $300000 to drug and alcohol detox center – Navajo-Hopi Observer

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly presented a $300,000 check on Monday morning to Na’Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI), a detox facility that utilizes traditional and Western philosophies to encourage sobriety.

ALCOHOL – UK
Suffolk: Children aged 12 treated for alcohol abuse – East Anglian Daily Times

CHILDREN as young as 12 have needed specialist treatment for alcohol problems in Suffolk, new figures reveal. But the figures, released by Suffolk PCT following a Freedom of Information request, reveal a downward trend in recent years and experts said last night that there is now better education and awareness in schools of the problems linked to alcohol.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse ‘epidemic’ prompts change at Hazelden – Kare11.com

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Eli Knowles was 16 years old when he got hooked on prescription drugs. “In my high school all my friends were using them, all my friends, the basketball team, the football team,” said Knowles who went to school in Vermont. “It’s absolutely an epidemic,” he said. “I think that’s the best word for opiate addiction today in America.”

ALCOHOL – USA
America’s worst city for alcohol abuse is… – Examiner.com

Boston tops the list of the” drunkest” cities in America compiled by The Daily Beast January 4, using information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What other cities are at the top of the list?

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January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

ALCOHOL – USA
Marine Corps attacks alcohol abuse – Union-Tribune San Diego

The Marines have redefined any drinking on the job as alcohol abuse – even having a beer with lunch. Same goes with hard partying the night before reporting for duty. The implication is zero tolerance of alcohol abuse, just like the military’s long-standing policy on other dangerous drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Judiciary chairs tackle prescription drugs, but otherwise interests diverge – Vermont Digger

“Prescription drug abuse is a major cause of crime. It needs to be dealt with, and hasn’t gone away,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears, D-Bennington. “That’s my No. 1 priority.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Jerome Whitehead Found Dead: Alcohol Abuse to Blame for Former NBA, Marquette Player Death – Christian Post

Former NBA player Jerome Whitehead was found dead at the age of 56 in his San Diego home last week. An autopsy of his body revealed that the cause of his death was “gastrointestinal hemorrhage related to chronic alcohol abuse,” according the examiner’s office.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New Tennessee law targets prescription drug abuse – Tricities.com

Tennessee is ranked in the top 1 percent of states that sell prescription pain medication. It’s also in the nation’s top 10 for overdose deaths. A growing unhealthy population base suffering the effects of obesity, diabetes and other related conditions that morph into chronic pain has physicians calling for a new prescription to monitor the dispensing of opiates and controlled substances.

HEROIN – USA
Prosecuting a war against heroin: State’s attorney-turned-addict fights the narcotic’s rising tide – Chicago Tribune

Sabora was once a Cook County prosecutor with a fiancee, a house in the suburbs and a furious, covert habit. Narcotic pain pills led him to heroin, and after months of increasingly reckless use, Chicago police caught him with five packets of the drug in his car. His career swiftly ended. His life almost followed.

COCAINE – USA
California Mother Intending on Celebrating New Year using Cocaine Celebrates from Jail – The Imperfect Parent

A Sacramento, Calif. mother planning to celebrate the New Year by using cocaine, instead celebrated the New Year in the Sacramento County Jail charged with felony cocaine sales and child endangerment. “The children had access to the cocaine. That’s why we took the children into protective custody.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Medical marijuana now legal, but rules and enforcement unclear – Martha’s Vineyard Times

Massachusetts voters approved the use of medical marijuana in a statewide ballot referendum question in November. The law took effect January 1, but it could be months before the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) fashions regulations and licensing procedures. Until then, the law requires only a note from a doctor for use of medical marijuana.

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November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

ALCOHOL / DRUG ADDICTION
Former Patriot shares story of addiction – Metro West Daily News

It was a moment that should have been the pinnacle of his career. But after winning Super Bowl XXXVI, New England Patriot Chris Sullivan instead faced a dark reality. “I go back to my hotel room … and I remember thinking I should be happy,” he said. “And I wasn’t.” Already tormented by his anxiety and burgeoning substance abuse, Sullivan proceeded to fall into a downward spiral

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
‘Why can’t modern medicine invent an anti-addiction pill?’ – New York Daily News

Blocking some of the pleasure of the addiction is only part of the equation, you also have to replace what the addiction was doing for them when they were using.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Drugs and Drinking Still a Deadly Problem for our Youth – Legal Examiner

The next time your son or daughter heads out for the night, make sure they are educated in the potential dangers that they may encounter. America is facing an epidemic of deaths, specifically in teens, related to the recreational use of prescription medication.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Hopeful Drug Addiction Solution Pill Vigabatrin, Fails Trial Study – San Francisco Chronicle

Vigabatrin a proposed drug addiction “solution” for cocaine and methamphetamine dependence fails to provide results when recently tested. St Jude Retreat’s theory on replacement therapy drugs stands correct. According to a trial study released by Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, after being tested, treatment by vigabatrin was lackluster and did not lead to a “significant amount of cocaine free subjects.”

MARIJUANA – USA
Matt Riddle wants marijuana use rules changes in MMA; UFC’s Marc Ratner likes rehab system – MMA Mania

Matt Riddle doesn’t hold any of his opinions back when he talks about marijuana. The welterweight fighter is a medical marijuana patient in the state of Nevada; however, he wants to see the rules regarding the use of the drug in MMA to be changed, while UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, prefers rehabilitation.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Fight Against Prescription Drug Death Epidemic – Z6Mag

When using prescription drugs, mostly people who use them have no intention of dying; yet, this is something that happens more than 20,000 times in a year. On average, this breaks down to someone dying because of an accidental overdose every 19 minutes.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug charges dropped against Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter – Music Mix

Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription Monitoring Programs help fight prescription drug abuse – The Virginian Pilot

If you have ever been in pain, then you know the benefits of taking something to help ease your discomfort. Most patients receiving pain medication prefer to be rid of the pain more than they desire to continue taking the drug. However, most will also tell you that breaking free from needing the drug to alter the pain is a difficult process, especially once relief’s received.

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October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Tyrann Mathieu among four former LSU players arrested on drug charges – Sports Yahoo

Last week the former LSU cornerback was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as the magazine painted a picture of a young man who had a tough upbringing but had been through drug rehab and was hoping to get his football career and life back on track. On Thursday, Mathieu and three of his former LSU teammates were arrested on drug-related charges.

ALCOHOL – USA
11 Rice students treated for alcohol poisoning – Bryan-College Station Eagle

Eleven Rice University students at an on-campus “Night of Decadence” Halloween party have been treated for alcohol poisoning.

MARIJUANA – USA
In Case You Missed It: Locals keep eye on medical marijuana vote in Arkansas – Shreveport Times

Arkansans will decide Nov. 6 whether patients with a limited number of chronic conditions can use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. The proposal applies only to Arkansas residents. Arkansas is the first state in the South to vote on the issue.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Why are Republicans not fighting prescription drug abuse? – Tampabay.com

Why did the Republicans fight against the prescription drug database for years? Why are they protecting big pharmaceutical companies and the doctors?

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Moms charged when babies born addicted – Dispatch

He spent the first three weeks of his life in a hospital, a steady stream of morphine coursing through his body as doctors tried to dull the pain of withdrawal. Meanwhile, his mother was in jail, awaiting trial on charges that prosecutors and detectives say could change the way the legal system deals with women who do drugs while pregnant.

DRUGS / ALCOHOL – USA
Drug, Alcohol Abuse Costs Alaska’s Economy $1.2 Billion – Alaska Public Radio Network

A new report finds that alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010. That number includes direct, immediate costs, such as the $217.7 million spent on criminal justice and protective services and $237.3 million on health care costs. But the report says the largest impact comes from lost productivity – the number of hours in which a person could have been working and producing goods and services that contribute to the economy, but didn’t.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Manchin to testify in Md. about prescription drug abuse – Charleston Gazette

Nationally, 75 percent of all deaths from drugs come from prescription drugs,” Manchin said during a telephone interview on Friday. In West Virginia, 90 percent of all drug deaths come from misused prescription drugs.”I have no problem at all providing prescription drugs to the people who need them,” Manchin said. “But we have to get a hand on drug abuse.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Moderate Alcohol Consumption Decreases Number of New Brain Cells – Bioscience Technology

Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a new Rutgers University study indicates that there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking – a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent.

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August 12, 2012

August 12, 2012

DRUG ADDICTION – UK
Blake Fielder-Civil comatose after drug and booze binge – Examiner

Blake Fielder-Civil has been reported to lay comatose in a Yorkshire, England hospital after he was found choking on his own vomit on Thursday August 9 after a suspected alcohol and drug overdose.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Small-time methamphetamine users finally offered treatment alternative to incarceration – ChicagoNow

For seven years, methamphetamine users have been one of the few drug using groups that did not have the option to participate in Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities (TASC) as part of their sentencing if they committed a first-time, minor, non-violent drug possession offense. But now SB 3423, signed by Gov. Quinn on Aug. 2, would offer individuals caught for the first-time with 15 grams or less of meth the option to go into drug treatment instead of jail.

DRUG REHAB – THAILAND
9-year-old in govt drug-rehab programme – Nation Multimedia

The youngest drug addict participating in a government rehabilitation scheme is 9. young addicts are prone to new consumption methods in which amphetamines or other substances are mixed with cough syrup and carbonated drinks.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Lawmakers send Patrick bill to help detect, prevent prescription drug abuse – Boston Herald

The bill attempts to limit the number of doctors who excessively prescribe medications that can be abused or sold illegally, and attempts to increase participation in the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program that can be used to identify patients who might be shopping for prescription from various doctors.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Treatment center focuses on expectant mothers abusing drugs – WDRB

Pain pill addiction is a growing problem, even among pregnant women. There’s a unique treatment center in Louisville focused on detoxing expectant mothers. There’s only one other treatment center in Kentucky like that one. The center is equipped to detox pregnant women addicted to drugs or alcohol.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Jennifer Gimenez reacts to Kathie Lee Gifford’s addiction comments – Examiner

Kathie Lee Gifford has recently came under fire after insinuating that the parents whose children are drug addicts are failures. Kathie recently talked to Family Circle Magazine and told them, “I’m not a perfect mom, but my kids haven’t been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school, so I must be doing something right!”

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL – USA
Drug, alcohol abuse at Mansfield Comcast Center part of wider problem. officials say – Wicked Local

Local and state officials this week praised security measures at Comcast Center, blaming the hundreds of recent arrests and the deaths of two concert-goers on the rampant use of hard alcohol and drugs and a “society” problem.

ALCOHOL – SCOTLAND
Revealed: Shocking figures show one Scottish child in 10 is living with an alcoholic parent – Daily Record

The research shows that up to 93,000 youngsters under the age of 16 are living with one or more parents with a drink problem. Experts warned yesterday that kids were being raised in unstable, chaotic homes plagued by emotional and physical abuse. Yesterday, kids’ protection charity Children 1st said more needed to be done to protect youngsters from abuse, violence or neglect caused by their parents’ boozing.

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April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Demi Lovato Opens Up About Drug Abuse: ‘Being A Celebrity Can Be Dangerous – ‎Huffington Post

But the part-Mexican singer, who spent three-months in rehab in November 2010 … how peer pressure and loneliness led her to experiment with drugs in 2010.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse bill wins final passage – WSLS

Kentucky lawmakers have passed a measure that’s intended to curb prescription drug abuse in a state where more people are dying from overdoses than car wrecks. A compromise passed by the House and Senate would require all physicians in the state to use a prescription drug monitoring system so they can more readily spot addicts seeking painkillers.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Saint Jude Retreats Announces Length Of Stay In Drug Rehab Does Matter – PR Web

The amount of time a guest stays in an alcohol or drug treatment center greatly impacts the outcome of the individuals success in that program.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Experts say communication key to preventing alcohol abuse among teens – Tri Cities

Communication is the key to preventing alcohol abuse among teenagers. Many teens are exposed to the temptation of underage drinking at an early age, 40 percent of eighth-graders have tried alcohol and one in four is a binge drinker. Around 20 students, school staff and community members gathered for an evening town hall forum entitled “Start Talking, Before They Start Drinking” at Tennessee High School.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Free from drug addiction, former Menard High star returns to baseball – The Town Talk

The young man whose life on drugs careened and collapsed to such a degree that, at one time, he was homeless and nearly committed suicide, has shaken the addiction.

COCAINE – USA
Rihanna Showcases Drug Use, Refuses Rehabilitation? – Christian Post

Rihanna, 24-year-old Barbadian pop singer, recently posted pictures to her Twitter account that showed her breaking down what appeared to be drugs on the head of a man whose shoulders she was seated on in order to see above the crowd

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Veterans who complete intense treatment can have court charges expunged – Post Gazette

Together there are now 80 veterans treatment courts nationwide. In Pennsylvania, recidivism among program participants is just 1 percent. The statistics are even better in Allegheny County, where Judge Zottola can brag about having no recidivism among veterans whose cases he’s heard in treatment court.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Early-intervention program helps teens with alcohol, drug abuse – Longmont Daily Times Call

Through the clear eyes of sobriety, John Vandegrift looks back on his drug use and sees it for what it was: a coping mechanism. The 21-year-old Littleton resident said he began smoking marijuana as a high school freshman, and two years ago he moved to heavier substances. Heroine became his drug of choice.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket – Madison Patch

Although many teens might otherwise shy away from illegal street drugs, more and more teens are turning to prescription drugs and over the counter medicines to get high.

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April 8, 2012

April 8, 2012

DRUG REHAB – USA
Kentucky Doctors Must Join Pill Abuse Fight – Kentucky.com

There has been a 900 percent increase in people seeking treatment for substance addiction in Kentucky in the past decade. More than 25,428 Kentuckians were admitted to drug and alcohol rehab programs in 2010.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drugs, Rehab and Bar Mitzvahs: An Afternoon Chat with Author Moshe Kasher – Laist.com

When I got to middle school I felt even more different, but then I found the fuck-ups at the school and started doing drugs and I forgot that I felt different. That was part of the great seductiveness of drugs at that age – it was not recreational, it was therapeutic.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin ring smuggled drugs from Africa to Maryland, feds say – Washington Examiner

Four men have been arrested in connection with a heroin-distribution ring that allegedly smuggled the drug from Africa and sold it in Maryland.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkillers alter how addicts relate to themselves, others – Seattle Times

Calling them painkillers is almost a misnomer. They don’t actually relieve the pain so much as they affect the way the brain perceives pain, and their extended use can result in the distortion of the brain’s pain/pleasure responses.

HEROIN – USA
As heroin death toll rises, antidote is available — but hard to find – Seattle Times

Heroin-overdose deaths are rising in the Northwest, and a prescription opiate antidote was made legal in 2010. Unfortunately, authorities say, almost no pharmacies stock it.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – GLOBAL
Alcohol Abuse Screenings at the Dentist – World Dental

Health experts have warned that people who consume alcohol excessively are exposed to an extremely high risk of developing dental disease and mouth cancer.

HEROIN – USA
New, Deadly Heroin Mix Kills Dozen-Plus in NW – KTVZ

A new, deadly mix of heroin has been sweeping through the Northwest in the past month, causing numerous deaths in Washington state, while Central Oregon police and fire medics said Friday they also have been grappling with a rising number of heroin overdoses.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
System to Curb Abuse of Prescription Painkillers Goes Unused – The Bay Citizen

Byung Sik Yuh, the owner of Nichols Hill pharmacy in Oakland, filled more than 5,000 online prescriptions for addictive painkillers before the California State Board of Pharmacy moved last year to revoke his license. The patients who picked up the prescriptions at Yuh’s pharmacy had never met their doctors, nor had physical examinations. They filled out a brief online survey and paid an anonymous doctor to write prescriptions over the Internet.

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January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Meth fills hospitals with burn patients – Atlanta Journal Constitution

A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of some burn units.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription for abuse: difficulties for reform effort – Crosscut

Too many people are abusing painkillers, many of them young. Very few abusers are in treatment. And it won’t be easy reversing a history of lax oversight. Washington State has made an aggressive attempt to crack down on the prescription drug epidemic by passing strict new rules governing pain management. But even those may not be enough to stanch the flood of deaths from prescription opiates in this state.

DRUG REHAB – USA
A Bridge to Recovery on Campus – New York Times

In their undergrad uniforms of fleece and sweats, a clutch of Rutgers students gathered on the worn red couches of their dorm’s common room and told their stories. A good-looking, fun-loving 23-year-old described arriving at college freshman year with a daily pot-smoking habit and a close relationship with alcohol. He soon followed the lead of his alcoholic father and was binge drinking. For his self-diagnosed anxiety and depression, he secretly began taking Klonopin, which he bought from another student. By sophomore year, he was taking six a day. And when it ran out, he wound up in a hospital to manage withdrawal, followed by nine months of rehab.

ALCOHOL/DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Army report: Suicide rate sets record; some alcohol abuse up 54 percent – Christian Science Monitor

The Afghanistan and Iraq wars make up the longest period of conflict in US history. “There are second- and third-order effects that have grown out of this that our nation has never experienced before.” As much as 43 percent of active-duty soldiers reported binge drinking within the past month. 25-35 percent of wounded soldiers are addicted to prescription or illegal drugs while they await medical discharge. Oxycodone accounts for 95 percent of those prescriptions.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Top-ranked, with policies making it worse: Wisconsin once again is first in binge drinking – Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Once again, Wisconsin is No. 1. But this time, we’re No. 1 in binge drinking. This isn’t just embarrassing; it borders on social pathology. A fourth of all adults report they are binge drinkers. That’s 50% higher than the national average. These statistics seem substantially underreported because Wisconsin purchases much more alcohol than it reports drinking. The fact is, we don’t take binge drinking and the alcohol-related problems it creates seriously. It’s cultural. Alcohol abuse and problems associated with alcohol have long been accepted or tolerated in this state.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin’s siren song: A force that’s stronger than will or reason – Post Gazette

Their life circumstances, by many measures, couldn’t be more different — he’s a middle-aged black man from a hardscrabble Mon Valley steel town; she’s a young white woman originally from an affluent suburb of Austin, Texas. But what they have in common — heroin addiction early in life — trumps what they don’t. That’s because heroin is as nondiscriminatory as it is destructive.

CLUB DRUGS – USA
Popular club drug replaced by a more toxic one: Cloud Nine – Pocono Record

A popular club drug has been replaced by a more toxic one — one that’s cheaper, more potent and deadlier. Cloud Nine or C-9 is the newest brand in a category of designer drugs that can cause erratic behavior, serious injuries and addiction. It’s among the newest replacement drugs for Ecstasy. Cloud Nine, based on similar chemicals as so-called “bath salts,” is a hallucinogen and stimulant. It’s sometimes marketed as plant food, insect repellent or fertilizer.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Horror no surprise in the U.S. meth capital; Pure ‘poor man’s cocaine’ blamed in wave of domestic slayings – Bend Bulletin

Chronic use of the harsh chemical compound known as speed or crank can lead to psychosis, which includes hearing voices and experiencing hallucinations. The stimulant effect of meth is up to 50 times longer than cocaine, so users stay awake for days on end, impairing cognitive function and contributing to extreme paranoia. “Once people who are on meth become psychotic, they are very dangerous. We’re talking about very extreme alterations of normal brain function. Once someone becomes triggered to violence, there aren’t any limits or boundaries.”

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