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Drug News: April 15, 2012

ALCOHOL ABUSE – AUSTRALIA
Alcohol abuse hits home – The Western Australian

When my uncle Fred walked into a room, he filled it with warmth and positive energy. People gravitated towards him. He was the sprightly adult who piled us kids — his three children and me — in the back of the Subaru and took us on rollicking adventures to Ningaloo Reef, Rottnest or Kalbarri. He was a pillar of strength, in peak physical condition, a terrific father and had worked his way up to achieve a senior role in a major government organisation. He was all of this and more — until alcohol took it away.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – CANADA
Doctor wants action on First Nation drug crisis – CBC News

Some First Nations say 80 per cent of their population is hooked on prescription painkillers. Prescription drug abuse in northern First Nations is a health emergency that chiefs and doctors say Health Canada refuses to take seriously.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG REHAB – USA
‘Nurse Jackie’: Jackie Meets Her Match in Rehab – Hollywood Reporter

Now that Nurse Jackie’s Jackie Peyton has admitted she has a problem, the drug-addicted nurse will take the next step and head to rehab during Sunday’s episode of the Showtime dramedy.

HEROIN – USA
Heroin vaccine won’t ‘cure’ what ails addicts – LA Times

The idea of an anti-addiction vaccine is not new. For nearly 40 years scientists have been working on vaccines against all kinds of addictions, including nicotine, marijuana and alcohol. There are even trials of vaccines to prevent obesity. None of the anti-addiction vaccines has yet received Food and Drug Administration approval.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse bill dies in Senate – Courier-Journal

The controversial centerpiece of the 2012 General Assembly — a bill to combat prescription drug abuse — died in the Senate on Thursday after weeks of negotiations between the two chambers of the legislature failed to produce a compromise.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Obama Open to Debate on Drug War, But Legalization Is ‘Not the Answer’ – ABC News

Amid calls from Latin American leaders to legalize drugs, President Obama said today that he is open to the debate but that legalizing narcotics to counter drug trafficking in the Americas could make matters worse.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – SOUTH AFRICA
‘Prohibitionist’ liquor bill angers alcohol industry – Business Day

A draft bill from the Department of Health that prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products has been described as “prohibitionist” and “profoundly disappointing” by the alcohol industry.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Experts: ‘Naïve’ teens don’t realize prescription drug dangers – Tampa Bay Online

Teenagers aren’t scared by prescription drugs. Pills must be safe since Mom, Dad and Grandma all take pain killers for chronic pain, they think. And every year, dentists and doctors prescribe them for millions of children with aching teeth and broken bones. Overdoses, addiction and strip mall pill mills dominate conversations in the battle against addictive prescription medications. But adolescent ignorance is increasingly worrisome.

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