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Drug News: April 23, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Dallas County DA Susan Hawk: I sought drug treatment – Dallas News

Dallas County’s new district attorney, Susan Hawk, acknowledged Friday that she sought treatment in late 2013 for using drugs prescribed for a bad back.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Breaking News: Ireland Baldwin Checks Into Malibu Rehab For Substance Abuse After ‘Partying Non-Stop’ – Radar Online

According to the source, Baldwin did not enter the facility willingly. “She came in kicking and screaming,” the source claims. Indeed, she posted a tweet earlier in the week revealing she would not be attending Coachella, with a crying face emoji.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Opiate overdoses fall after debut of abuse-resistant OxyContin – Fox News

In the two years after OxyContin was reformulated and Darvon was withdrawn in 2010, prescriptions and overdoses both decreased about 20 percent. But heroin overdoses, while rare, increased after 2010, the study found.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Study: How Does Brain Block Relapse in Cocaine, Alcohol Addiction? – Times of San Diego

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla announced Tuesday that they’ve received a pair of grants worth a total of $3.8 million to fund a five-year study of brain mechanisms that suppress relapses of cocaine and alcohol addiction.

ALCOHOL – USA
Campaign Looks to Combat Alcohol Addiction in Students – WBOC

“Drinking Hurts Thinking.” It’s a simple slogan. But health officials in Delaware are hopeful, it could save lives. The slogan is part of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Service’s newest campaign to combat alcohol addiction and binge drinking.

ALCOHOL – USA
When you’re an addict but serving alcohol is in your job description – Washington Post

Shaaren could no longer handle Scott’s excessive drinking and drug use. He had broken so many promises and she had grown so wary of him that she kept him in her sight as he slipped behind the bar to order their food. When she saw him pour himself a beer, she took Ara and quickly left the restaurant.

METHADONE – USA
Try alternative addiction treatments before taking away methadone – Bangor Daily News

There has been a lot of debate in recent months about replacing methadone treatment for opioid addiction with alternatives, such as Suboxone. In his proposed two-year budget, Gov. Paul LePage would end methadone treatment for MaineCare recipients to move them to Suboxone. Many treatment and health care providers warn that addiction treatment isn’t as simple as swapping one drug for another.

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